Mind Your Own Life: The journey back to love

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BalboaPress, May 11, 2011 - Religion - 276 pages
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Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love

At last! An authentic message of love and acceptance!

Life-enhancing semi-autobiography. Raised a devout Christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold indoctrinated beliefs, Anson struggled to find true affirmation amongst the ambiguity of being gay with religious beliefs that espoused intolerance. After a brief military stint, he married and fathered two children, simultaneously battling depression, anger and fear before finally accepting that he was inherently a gay man. This book deals head on with the divisive issues of religion and politics that have for centuries caused rifts between, countries, families, and facilitated a recent spate of bullying and suicide among teens and gays.
 
He secretly harbored for many years his struggle to suppress his nascent sexuality in hopes of escaping the paradox of being gay with Christian beliefs, hopeful that being gay would vanish and relieve this tremendous burden. Anson sought validation from a religion that despised him wholly. This book; targeting parents, adults, and teens; chronicles Anson’s struggles with depression, denial, and acceptance in the face of extreme homophobia perpetuated by religion, politics and false beliefs.

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 experience. His story is beautifully rendered in a way that is challenging, thought-provoking and inspirational. It hits home for many and told in a way that you will not soon forget.

 

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Contents

Where Were You?
3
Whence Came Prejudice?
7
Left to Tell
13
Dont Ask Dont Tell
17
Learning from Family
25
Out of Control
29
Epiphany
33
Awareness
37
Reaping Rewards
139
Religious Rhetoric
143
Perpetuating Hate
145
Teaching Tolerance
151
Thats Peculiar
155
Hypocrisy Theory
157
Preaching Politics
161
The Black Church
165

Believing versus Knowing
39
Moral Assumptions
43
Love and Acceptance
49
Difficult Decisions
53
On My Own Terms
57
The Marriage Myth
63
Free to Be Me
69
Civil Obedience
73
A Mind of My Own
79
A Mind of Your Own
81
Nature versus Man and Religion
85
SelfThinkers
89
School of Thinking
93
The American Nightmare
99
Political Persuasion
103
Obama Optimism
107
Ego Central Station
113
Submitting to Source
119
Create Your Own Bliss
125
Forgiveness
131
Finding Balance
135
Gays in the Church
171
DownLow Denial
177
Politician or Preacher?
181
The Social Club
189
The Church in Mourning
193
Reality Check
197
Spiritual Solutions
201
Spiritual but Not Religious
203
The Power of Attraction
207
Request Granted
211
Attitude of Lack
215
Attitude of Gratitude
219
Breaking Addictions
223
Possessions
227
Stress
231
The Rearview Mirror
235
Family Tides
239
A Way Forward
247
About the Cover
255
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About the author (2011)

Aaron Anson, an inspirational speaker, consultant and New-Thought Coach, was largely self-taught, influenced by the writings and lives of,Thoreau and many great thinkers. He is cofounder of a computer technology firm with his partner Oliver and a contributor for the Huffington Post. Anson has inspired readers and listeners all around the world with his passionate message of self-love resonating with those seeking authentication in their lives. His book, Common-Sense Universe, inspired by the overwhelming response and letters received from readers and listeners is scheduled for release, Summer 2012.

His book Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love (MYOL) which began as a journal of Anson’s own life, before evolving into a book.has been featured in AARP and many other publications around the country. Anson maintains that the book instead chose him as a vessel for others longing to be accepted and validated within. He has been a guest on many radio shows and guest speaker at several literary events promoting self-love and acceptance.

Raised a devout Christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold indoctrinated beliefs, Anson struggled to find true affirmation amongst the ambiguity of being gay with religious beliefs that espoused intolerant and hypocritical beliefs.

After embracing his self-discovery, his fascination with the arts, world cultures and humanity led him all  around the world where he’s participated in humanitarian efforts giving hope to others. Anson is passionate about empowering people to find their own truth and identity amidst societal pressures, and the excessive bombardment of political and religious rhetoric.

Website:www.AaronAnson.com/

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