Monday, July 18, 2011
Interview with Christian Author Paulette Harper
Hello Paulette. Please tell us about your new book, Completely Whole.
You show readers how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles that prevent a happy life. Do you have any stories you would like to share where you have helped someone?
One reader made this statement “After reading Completely Whole, I had pages and pages of notes. I felt completely whole after I finished reading it. I'm not saying that after reading this book everything will be perfect in your life. But, it will help you focus on what is important in your life. ‘Regardless of your current condition, there is a better place that God has for you (Chapter 3).’ When I read those words, all I could do was cry and cry. I thank God for using Paulette Harper-Johnson to write a powerful book.”
What a wonderful comment about your book. What are your suggestions in helping people who have alcoholism and substance abuse problems?
For those having to deal with these life altering issues, I suggest one if not all of the following:
1. Admit that the issue exists and you are willing to seek help from either a spiritual leader, licensed counselor or program.
2. Church support groups are a great way to discuss and find solutions to help one with a step-by-step approach in getting victory.
3. Depending on the severity of the problem, one may want to commit to a program that requires a person to stay for an extended period of time.
4. Determine what in your life triggers those compulsive behavior patterns. Take a look at events, people, and the environment around you that may push you to resulting back to those destructive lifestyles.
That is great advice, Paulette. What does your family think about your writing?
My family is ecstatic about my writing journey. I am the first published author in my family which makes it even more of blessing to have achieved such a tremendous accomplishment.
Thank you for this lovely interview. I know you must be helping many people. Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.
Wow, Linda. I remember when I was about 4, I was very inquisitive about the use of scissors. So I decided to use them to do my first haircut. I cut about 4 inches of my bands off and immediately hid my hair in our family bible for fear of getting a spanking. My mother didn’t spank me and that was the first and last time, until I grew up that I cut my hair. My granddaughter followed in my shoes, she at 4 years of age decided to do her first haircut. She cut her bands as well.
That is so funny. I think we all can relate to that situation in one way or another. Just a while ago, my little granddaughter Amber cut her own hair, but she butchered the whole top of her head…from her bangs to her crown. My daughter, Diana, couldn’t even trim her hair so it would blend in. All she could do was put a hat on her when they went to town. Hahaha! It was sad but funny.