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Donna Watford, author of Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us
Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us is the authorâ€™s memoir. Itâ€™s a spiritual journey of a mother and daughter; the conclusion is peace, be still. A journey anointed with the potential to revolutionize the thoughts of mankind.
This inspirational book focuses on social challenges including senseless killings and substance abuse. It has a subtle political twist that considers the sacrifices of Martin Luther King; unforgettable change. Their time together echoes the sentiments of President Barack Obama by depicting the effects from helping; circumstances change. A story offering the only love capable to change lives: John 3:16.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Amazing Grace?
Donna Watford: After the loss of my mother, there was such a void in my life; I asked Godâ€™s permission to write a story. Our story. He responded, â€œYes.â€ Jesus cuddled me in his arms, rocked me and told a love story. Amazingly enough, it was the story of my life. I now feel compelled to share it with the world.
Amazing Grace is my testimony. I am so honored to be considered a child of The Most High God. Iâ€™ll never forget hearing the words; itâ€™s finished. I fell to my knees in awe of His mighty works. I screamed out, “I donâ€™t deserve it.” I thought, this could be anyoneâ€™s story; but God, He signed my name to Grace.
Now I consider when I read my story, I can pick any chapter and say, â€œSurely the Lord was there.â€ For who else couldâ€™ve met me in the Valley of the Shadow of Death and told me to fear no evil with such authority. As I lied limp and lifeless; Life Itself, picked me up and carried me to the river. It was Life that made me drink and rejuvenated my spirit. Life nursed me until I well enough to walk; then, Life took my hand and led me out of darkness into the marvelous light.
Now I, like David, must cry out to the world. Where would I be had it not been the Lord who was on my side? I write to spank death back. In obedience and with no strength of my own, I allow the Holy Spirit to use me and my story to change the lives of others.
JP: What setsÂ Amazing Grace apart from other novels in its genre?
DW: God, Himself, individualized my story in that my walk would be tailored for: Donna. My memoir. As some will see similarities, there is not another person in the world who can claim my story. HE made it personal; just one of the many reasons that I love Him. I once was lost, but found by Grace.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Amazing Grace getting out to the public?
DW: Iâ€™ve done all I understand to do; meaning, my success will depend on God. I now pray for help, and my path has come across people like you; someone who is willing to extend a helping hand. I anticipate there will be readers who will share the story with others. With an expectant heart, I believe God will always have His way and His purpose will go forth.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Amazing Grace?
DW: I write from the heart. Amazing Grace is my memoir, but I write songs and poetry from life experiences. I write with a grateful heart and jubilant spirit. I write to offer hope. Itâ€™s hard to remember the length of time taken to write the book, but the story was completed in 2007.
My best recollection is from a friend telling me I announced I was writing a book, and it was either thirty days or three months later that I announced the first draft was completed. December 16, 2007, I wrote a song that was included in the book, â€œA Mothers Love Song.â€ The book went for final edit July 2008. The finished product was received December 2008. The book will be available in bookstores June 2010. To God be the glory.
JP: What’s next for Donna Watford?
DW: Iâ€™m going to go before God for guidance and instructions on creating a healthcare magazine with a spiritual perspective. An opportunity to continue with my knowledge as a nurse and to inform the world of health issues plaguing our society. My mission is to give of myself to the world by inspiring, encouraging, and empowering. I started writing a novel and Iâ€™ve written several songs as well.
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