13 July 2014

Amber Perry Interview by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Amber Perry

I had the privilege of making Amber's acquaintance when she inquired about joining Colonial American Christian Writers group, which I moderate. She joined as a contributor to the Colonial Quills blog but has just left us and we wish her well!  She's a young mom and a busy lady!

Amber, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers.  It’s such an honor to be here, thank you so much!

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? Answer: 
One of the greatest trials I’ve experienced in recent years was after the birth of my first daughter. Immediately after she was born I felt a physical change and I couldn’t explain what it was, though I knew something wasn’t right—and it was frightening. I felt empty, lost and was unable to make the kind of bond I thought I should have with my precious daughter. Insomnia kept me up all hours of the night. I had no appetite and debilitating fatigue. The conditions that held me captive made it impossible for me to leave the houseeven to take a quiet walk in the sunshine.

After suffering this way for several weeks, and my symptoms becoming continually worse, I finally discovered I was suffering from extreme postpartum anxiety and depression. Even though I had found the reason for my troubles and despite the help I was receiving, the struggles only worsened and I suffered with it for nearly a year and a half! Some mornings, my mind was so clouded I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to do when I got up—all I knew was that a sweet child needed me and I felt completely incapable of doing what had to be done. Without God, I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through such a difficult time, but He carried me—sometimes from minute to minute—helping me through the day to complete every task that was required of me until I was finally able to make a full recovery.

Through this experience I developed an unyielding testimony of the enabling power of Christ’s atonement and the grace that truly lifts each one of us in our times of need. I know that God knows each of us, and He is aware of what we are suffering—and I know from this experience that He provides a way for us to find peace, even if we are called to travel a difficult road.


So Fair a Lady
Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?  Right now, my book is only available in print and Kindle. However, soon I’m hoping to be able to get an audio version. Since I’m indie publishing and have to do all this myself, it takes a bit longer than it might otherwise, but I will be sure to let you know when it finally become available in other formats!

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation? This is an excellent question. My book deals with the values of searching for and accepting the truths God has for us. And also coping with deception from others, even when concealing the truth is for someone's benefit.


Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of Amber's debut release this week and she'll also be giving away a signed copy of her book.


39 comments:

  1. HI AMBER welcome to Overcoming with God. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony of overcoming with us!! With my first baby I didn't have depression but I did have some pretty bad days because he never slept more than 1.5 hours. For the first 4 months I walked the floor praying he would sleep. Thank God for the first time he slept through the night; I woke up in a panic because I had slept longer than usual!! lol

    I immensely enjoyed "So Fair a Lady" and I can't wait to share my review of it on Thursday!! :-)

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    1. Teresa!!! OH MY GOODNESS! I am sure you were SO exhausted, and that is such an awful feeling. And how funny about waking up in a panic--that sounds like something I would do! I can't wait to read your review of SFAL and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you enjoyed it--I'm smiling so big!
      Bless you and Carrie for having me, I'm so honored! HUGS!!!!!

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  2. So Fait A Lady is a beautiful book and I know I would enjoy it. It is a pleasure to meet Amber. I cannot imagine how trying your days were after your precious baby was born. Going through the motions of life in a fog with duties and responsibilities has to be extremely hard. We never know what we may face in this life but thank goodness, we have a loving Father to guide us through.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie!! Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!! I love what you said: "We never know what we may face in this life but thank goodness, we have a loving Father to guide us through." You are absolutely right--I love knowing He is always there for me. If you so get a chance to read SFAL I hope you will enjoy it!! Blessings, Melanie!!

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  3. I remember those days when I suffered postpartum depression after my son was born. I didn't feel like a very good mother. I was put on medication and that made life easier. My son has grown into a good Christian man with a wife and baby son.

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    1. Martha!! PPD is really awful, isn't it? I'm so glad you were able to find something that gave you relief and so happy to hear about your son!! That's worth it right there! :) Thank you for stopping by and blessings to you!!!!

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  4. What an emotional testimony. I can't imagine what it must have been like for you having to deal with postpartum anxiety and depression for so long. Praise the Lord that He was there with you to get you through it.

    I love the cover of this book. It's very eye catching. :)

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Cindi!! Bless you for coming by and bless you for your kind words! God is SO good--and I love how He knows how to help each of us in such a personal way. If you get a chance to read SFAL, I hope you will enjoy it! HUGS to you, Cindi!!!

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  5. Hi Amber Lynn! Thanks for sharing your story. While I never suffered with PPD, I do know those who have. It's important for new moms to have a lot of support and help in the months following birth. All too often we focus on them beforehand, and the baby afterwards. I would LOVE to read your book. The cover is just beautiful :)

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    1. Anne!! I love seeing you around, thank you so much!!! You made a great point--mom's with PPD need lots of support in those first months when the baby gets so much attention!! I do hope if you read my book that you will enjoy it, Anne. It was a joy to write. HUGS TO YOU!

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  6. Thank you for sharing; you are certainly not alone! We have a close family friend who suffered from PPD after each of her ten children were born, and it was a real struggle for her, since it recurred with every birth (and none of those were twins). But she also relied on God to get her through it, and He did. Now she gets to have grandbabies without any side effects and can enjoy every minute of it!

    And I must agree with the other commenters - your cover is striking!

    rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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    1. Rachael!! Oh my heart breaks for your friend, that must have been SO hard, but how courageous she was to keep going! God really can help us through ANYTHING! Thank you for your kind words, I'm so happy you like the cover, Rachael! Bless you for that! HUGS!!

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  7. Hello Amber. I have a niece who had that. Her husband mostly tended the baby. Such a strange thing. glad I didn't have any of mine. Thanks Carrie for having Amber visit. would love to win her book. hope can win one of the. Maxie
    (((hugs))) to you OWG girls, and to Amber.

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    1. Maxie! Yeah, PPD affects the whole family in one way or another, that's for sure. I too am grateful for the ladies at OWG for having me! I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya. ;) HUGS, Maxie!!!

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  8. I enjoyed meeting Amber here thank you!!

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    1. Mary! Thank you for stopping by, its great to meet new readers. Blessings!

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  9. AMBER, thank you so much for being with us this week on OWG and for sharing your testimony. I'm so sorry you had to go through such a terribly dark time. My problem was much the same as Teresa's. Just lack of slumber b/c baby didn't sleep, and that overwhelming feeling. I remember that first night of sleeping all night long. Ahhh...

    But sleep deprivation in itself can cause depression, whether it's after having a baby or at other times. Bless you, AMBER!

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    1. Diana! I remember one time when I was at my worst, I think God really took over and let me sleep for 8 hours straight--which I hadn't done in forever, and I STILL remember that night with awe and gratitude! LOL :) Diana, I hope you know how many of us are praying for you!!!!! Blessings and HUGS coming your way!

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    2. Thank you for the prayers, blessings, and hugs, AMBER! The big day is looming ahead -- July 22!

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear that you went through that Amber, and I'm glad things are better now! I've dealt with anxiety and depression in the past, but I can't imagine having to endure that trial while recovering from childbirth and during the wonderful and difficult first months of your new baby.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Heidi!! How are you?! So fabulous to see you here!! :) Dep. and anx. are awful no matter what situation!! I'm sorry you have had it as well, its terrible! Hope you are having a nice summer so far in San Diego.... how I wish I lived there! :) LOL

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  11. Hi Amber,

    Nice to see you here! So sorry to hear about your struggles. Often these terribly difficult times make us better people in the long run. They help us learn to let our higher power help us in times of need. Glad you are better and able to move forward and share.

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    1. Mary!!! I always smile when I see your name, how are you doing?! You are absolutely right--this trial was tailor made for me and it really taught me so much, that now, even though it was horrible at the time, I'm very grateful for it. :) Thank you for coming by and commenting! Blessings to you, Mary!

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  12. A huge welcome to OWG, Amber!! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony of struggles and overcoming. I know many people have and are suffering with postpartum depression and anxiety and you can be such a wonderful encouragement to them! I didn't suffer with it but like Teresa, I (and hubby) struggled with lack of sleep. We had sooo much trouble getting our first child to sleep, we would take turns in walking her, or pushing her around in the pram when she got too heavy, but the other one would have to take over when one of us would literally begin to fall asleep on their feet!!
    I absolutely LOVED your book Amber and look forward to sharing the review with everyone this week!!

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    1. Noela!! How are you?! Thank you so much for having me, I am truly SO honored to be featured on OWG!! I do feel SO deeply for women who suffer with PPD&A because it really is so awful. Lack of sleep! OH! It's no wonder that POW's were made to suffer that as actual torture--because it really is torturous, isn't it? Falling asleep on your feet?! I'm so sorry you had to go through that!
      I can't thank you enough for such kind words about SFAL, Noela! That makes me smile inside and out!! I cannot wait to read your review! Blessings to you and many HUGS!!!!

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  13. Hi Amber,
    Your testimony of God goodness even in very dark times was very encouraging. So Fair a Lady sounds great, I will be putting it on my wish list. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Merry! (Love your name!!!!) I am so glad my words were able to be an encouragement to you!! That warms my heart!!! I'm thrilled that you will have SFAL on your TBR list!! I hope you will like it! HUGS TO YOU!

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  14. Well not sure where my first post went to but I know you suffered greatly as my sister Jeanette did also with each of her three births. I can't wait to read your book, I have looked forward to it ever since the cover grabbed my eye. The Lord bless you and be with you everyday.
    Love in Jesus
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Linda! Hi!! Thank you for commenting. Yes, PPD is awful and does affect many--I'm sorry your sister had it with all three! That's terrible! I hope she is ok now. Also, I appreciate your kind words about SFAL--I hope you will enjoy it! Blessings to you, Linda!

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  15. Hi Amber,
    Welcome. Hope that you find many friends on here. The cover of your book is beautiful. I would love too read it.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Danie! I have found some wonderful friends on here, thank you! OWG is a wonderful blog! I am thrilled you love the cover of SFAL and I'm even more thrilled you would love to read it--I hope you can someday!! HUGS TO YOU!

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  16. Thanks for sharing Amber... l love the cover of your book. If I remember right, I read somewhere that you were the cover model?

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty!! I am so happy you love the cover!!!! That makes me smile!! You are right on! I was the cover model and it was such a blast! I still like dressing up.... guess I haven't grown up much, huh?! LOL HUGS TO YOU, Patty!!

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  17. Hi, Amber. thanks so much for sharing about the most difficult time in your life. I would love to win your book as I have never heard of you until today. It sounds really good. Yes, where would each of us be without God's help in our lives?
    Mary Lou K flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Mary Lou! I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you for stopping by and commenting--I love to hear from reader-friends! :) If you read SFAL please let me know how you enjoy it. I love your words of faith, thank you for sharing. HUGS, Mary Lou!!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your story, Amber. I am so sorry for your struggles and glad you were able to overcome them. We are certainly blessed to know that God is with us always and in our darkest times, He will carry us through.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Britney!! So glad you stopped by, thank you! Your words of faith and encouragement are wonderful thank you for that. I love that God will always carry us--so wonderful!! God bless, Britney!

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  19. I wonder if this 1st daughter was your firstborn. SO often, it's hard to sympathize adequately when you've not been through the experience. I had three children and no idea what people were talking about PPD or those afterbirth pains either. I was up and at 'em and happy as a lark! - - - then, after the birth of my fourth - - - whoa! I heard it was worse the more children you'd had. That was 32 years ago :) But I know now, you are one who can truly minister to a young mother having troubles! Thank you for sharing. I pray your testimony will be read by that sweet mama out there who really needs it! I'm a singer lady, God gives me songs and one comes to mind - a part of it anyway - "When troubles come my way, and trials fill my day, I will trust in You - because I know You are on the throne, because I know You are in control. Because I know how much You love me....that You're always thinking of me... I will trust in You." How blessed are we to have His promises and love? Hugs from Texas!

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    1. Caryl! You are truly such a joy! I LOVED your words here and your beautiful way of sharing testimony of God's love and grace, thank you so much for that it truly made me smile!! I too hope my testimony can help other mom's who might be struggling--they aren't alone and God can help them. God bless you, Caryl and I hope you have a very blessed week! HUGS TO YOU!!!

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