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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Adrienna Turner, author of The Day Begins with Christ
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The Day Begins with Christ is a spiritual and inspirational non-fiction book. It has biblical examples and stories in comparison to our hardships of today. Moreover, The Day Begins with Christ educates, elaborates and explains the social, psychological, spiritual, and physical conditions of man/woman’s relationships with God.
Additionally, this book is a valuable tool to reach unbelievers as well as to enlighten Christians to have a deeper walk with God. Furthermore, as believers, we are to study, meditate and apply God’s Word on a daily basis. Many of us have lost sight of nurturing our families, studying God’s Word and seeking after God. We have become lukewarm. (Paul calls them â€˜carnal’ Christians). Most of us are striving to know God, but the Bible states we will not know Him without hearing and knowing His Word.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Day Begins with Christ?
Adrienna Turner: Today, we have 70% secular Christians according to the book “unChristian”. There are many I have blogged with or sent emails to online that are unsure about our Christian walk, are not Bible scholars and do not know what God expects from us.
Therefore, the benefit for this book is to give factual and biblical information on building healthy relationships even at work and at home It encourages discipleship and making better choices in our social-economical environments such as entertainment. It will challenge the reader to look at their daily lives in a godly perspective and gain an understanding how our Heavenly Father perceives us-to become the person God created us to be.
The idea and inspiration came from the Holy Spirit while I was in church service listening to the “sermon”. I heard the title “Let Your Day Begin with Christ”. I wrote it down on my sermon notes. Later, God woke me up while I was sleeping with the chapters and topics covered in the book.
JP: What is The Day Begins with Christ about?
AT: There is biblical and practical aspects that still applies today. God’s laws [Ten Commandments], informative about our diets and what we put in our bodies since it is viewed as the Temple of the Lord, elaborates on home, relationships, and work-to put God first in everything we do. In addition, The Day Begins with Christ is to encourage our prayer life, social life, sharing the gospel to others and most of all to glorify the Lord in all that we do. It lays out examples and experiences to put in our everyday lives. This is a value tool to reach unbelievers as well as enlighten Christians to have a deeper walk with God. After each chapter, there are biblical discussion questions and scriptures.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Day Begins with Christ getting out to the public?
AT: The motto I live by is, especially as an author, I cannot just market my product (book), but market me. We are branding our God-given talent to the world. “Dreams come true when you believe you can achieve”. You have to bless others with what God has blessed you with. Whatever talent you possess, you give yourself to help someone else. We have to refresh ourselves with the holy anointing daily. This is why I have to let the world know what was shared with me. Next book, Unleashing the Spirit, is very controversial and needed for those who lost sight of God’s original plan for each one of us. It is also a non-fiction, spiritual/Christian living book.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Day Begins with Christ?
AT: For this project, it took consistency, discipline and lots of research from various mediums such as print, online, the Bible, secondary resources and my own personal testimonies. It took about a year of research and writing to complete this book. I started around August 2006 and finished around September 2007, then edited in December 2007. I reviewed this manuscript several times before went in print, even after editing process with Kathleen Jackson, and after it was ready to be published in December 2008 (a year after it was completed). Also, I stayed up 12-18 hours a day, working on this project and other non-fiction projects simultaneously. I hope readers are receptive. I learned new things about God’s Word and our Heavenly Father.
JP: What’s next for Adrienna Turner?
AT: I am working on several projects right now. I am seeking a publisher for Unleashing the Spirit and the “Miss the Mark Christian fiction Series”. My other titles for upcoming spiritual books: Counsel Me Lord to be a Vessel for Christ; and Desire at Will: Giving all the Glory to God through Prayer, Praise, and Worship — Let it Overflow! I have completed other several projects. I also write poetry/songbooks and short stories. Keep a look out for more inspirational non-fiction and fiction projects in the making.
Adrienna is also a former member of ALA (American Library Association), LITA (Library Information Technical Association) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Additionally, she volunteered with youth based programs and faith-based organizations in Milwaukee, WI, during 1999-2006. She would someday love to open her own non-profit organization called “Dream in Paradise” for children and young adults to display their God-given talents to the world through media, TV, radio, and online/print magazines. Lastly, Adrienna has a live online radio talk about important topics and meeting with other authors on their writing projects at www.blogtalkradio.com/Adrienna-Turner.
Adrienna was involved in the Obama Campaign, Democratic Party, as Deputy Field Organizer and Staging Location Manager.
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