Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love

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Balboa Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
A brave and deeply personal memoir of one man's quest to rise above the the political and religious rhetoric that had divided and diminished the human spirit for thousands of years. Aaron Anson engagingly writes about his own experiences of growing up a black gay Christian in a deeply religious South. Battling for years with depression and the inner turmoil of not being accepted as gay by a religion that espoused self-hate and a society that condoned hating others-he chose not to question his taught religious teaching and struggled instead with the inherent feeling of knowing he was gay while longing to be considered a Christian. Confused and conflicted with the ambiguous messages of conditional love by the church, he married and fathered two children hopeful that his knowing of being gay would dissipate and relieve the tremendous burden he secretly harbored for many years. After suffering acute bouts of anger, bitterness and the frustration of three failed marriages he would eventually be forced to reckon the conditional love perpetuated by his religion and its departure from the authentic love he inherently felt for himself and others. The profound endeavor to reconcile the two, sets Anson out on a life-enhancing and thought-provoking journey to discover the encompassing and authentic love we all once knew as our original source. Anson assertively portrays an uncorrupted universal love and acceptance as our inherent birthright and explores the connection with our spirituality, sexuality, and morality. Anson tell his story with sublime prose and grace with inquisitive insight of our human sexuality. His story is beautifully rendered in a way that really hits home and told in a way that you will not soon forget.

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About the author (2011)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Aaron Anson is an inspirational writer and new thought coach who is married and lives in Washington, DC with his partner Oliver where they operate a computer technology firm. With the release of "Mind Your Own Life", he is at work on a second book and has appeared on several radio shows and spoken at many literary events around the country. His first book began as a journal of his life and eventually unfolded into a book. He chronicles his struggle with depression, anger, and acceptance. beforehand he had not considered being a writer and accepted the creation that his writing instead chose him as a vessel for other who suffer silently with their muted voices longing to be heard while striving for an authentic affirmation of love. Raised a devout christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold indoctrinated beliefs, he struggled to suppress his nascent sexual attraction hoping to escape the ambiguity of being gay with Christian beliefs. After a stint in the military he married and fathered two children before accepting that he was inherently a gay man. His fascination with the arts, world cultures, and all of humanity has led him to travel six continents. Anson has participated in relief efforts around the world along with missions that address homelessness- he is passionate about empowering parents and teenagers gay and straight alike who struggle to find their place amidst the bombardment of excessive political and religious rhetoric. Website: www.AaronAnson.com

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