Interview with Minister and Educator
A Message of Hope
You wear so many important hats as a mother of teenage sons, an ordained minister, choir director and Science teacher. When did you realize that being an author was also within you?
A few years back before I experienced the second divorce I wanted to share my experiences. Looking back I am glad I waited because I did not expect my life to turn upside down. It is still difficult to embrace author as a title because I really just want others who are going through what I went through not to feel hopeless and give up. The best way to share my story and message of hope was to put it in a book and now I am a author.Your book "Love Lost, My Story" is a message of hope. Who is it this message of hope for?
The message of hope is for women and men. People who have experienced failed relationships, disappointments, and unexpected life challenges. The message of hope is for anyone who had to start all over again after a trial or heartbreaking situation.Was it a difficult decision to share such personal experiences, despite the comfort and inspiration this would bring to others?
Yes it was difficult because I had to be totally transparent if I really wanted someone to be helped. It was also difficult because I knew some of my family and friends did not know all of the details surrounding my divorces. Many have read the book and shared that they were shocked mostly because I always tried to stay positive and they had no idea how much I was going through.Your Christian faith appears to be at the core of strength and positivity. What advice do you have for those who are struggling spiritually?
I advise those who are struggling spiritually not to be mad at God for their current challenges. Take comfort in your spirituality. Look beyond yourself and know that when the storm is over you will be able to help another person with similar challenges.As you prepared this book as an inspirational resource for others, did you experience any additional catharsis or personal healing?
Yes, I shed a few tears while writing and thinking back but I was proud of myself. I was glad about how far I have come spiritually and mentally. I realized how powerful forgiveness was as well.When people experience repeat disappointments in their life it is difficult to maintain a positive outlook. What advice do you have for those who find having a hopeful outlook to be very difficult?
The main thing is not to beat yourself up and blame yourself. Take a self-evaluation and make necessary changes. Surround yourself with people who will be honest with you and most all positive and encouraging. It is difficult some times to remain positive but if you have positive people around you it will make a difference.Many people who have experienced life challenges like you may also aspire to writing and sharing their ordeals and revelations to help others. What advice would you have for those who have a message but are apprehensive about the publishing business?
If you are truly truthful about the situation it will be a little easier to share. You have to ask yourself the hard questions. Will sharing my personal business keep a person from committing suicide because they feel hopeless? Do I expect others to have a life changing moment because I shared my personal business? If your answer is yes to the hard questions it is worth sharing and you cannot hold back. Go for it!Now that you have experienced the power of written words to minister to those in need, do you have any additional plans to continue your inspirational writing?
Yes, I want to continue writing so I guess I have to embrace my new title..Author.
About Christina Lockett:The youngest and only girl of four children born to Conrell and Beatrice Lockett. A native Houstonian and former resident of Four Corners, Louisiana. A single mother of two teenage sons named Donald and Derrick. A licensed cosmetologist since 1996. A licensed and ordained minister, a prophetess. A choir director and Sunday School Teacher of Holy Trinity Church. A college graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Curriculum and Instruction Interdisciplinary Studies. A certified 5th Grade Math and Science teacher with a heart to inspire and encourage people of all ages.
Author Website: http://www.christinalockett.com
Amazon Order Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MX40SOO