02 July 2017

Anne Reed Love Interview

Author Anne Reed Love

Anne, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
Answer: 
I have vivid memories of being sent to my room for time out as a youngster. I was apparently the more stubborn child to raise between my brother and I. I choose to believe that was only because he was so absolutely easy that I seemed worse by comparison. We lived in a remodeled one-room schoolhouse built in 1888 and my second story room had wooden floors with registers that we’d discovered echoed throughout the entire house. That fact was perfect for pretending we could talk to one another through them from anywhere in the house as if they were walkie-talkies. But it was even more perfect for making protests known during a full-fledge fit. Apparently I would kick my hard-soled shoes on the wood floor, and scream down the registers at the top of my lungs until I was spent. My mother’s words were always; “you may come down and be with me once you’ve changed your attitude.”

I’m not sure I knew by definition what something as abstract as “attitude” was at such a young age. But I did know I wanted to be with my mother. I wanted her approval. Her attention. Her presence and smile. Soon, the desire for such need overpowered my will to maintain my protests and I would decide that seeking her out was much more important to me than whatever had sent me there in the first place.

I have circled back to that lesson countless times as I reflect on what God does to discipline the children He loves so much. Changing my attitude about something that you’d rather kick and scream about is a very hard thing to do, but it’s possible.

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
Ephesians 4:22-24:
 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
God promises with His help, we can be made new by allowing Him to set us right. While in a moment of “fit-throwing” I have believed I am justified and “right” in my attitude, the protesting denies Him the right to make me new.

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
Understanding that the newness He wants to bestow on my is superior to the ideas of my own right-ness, allows me to feel and believe in His love for me. As an adult, I might have realized that insisting that I’m right keeps the door open for anger, bitterness, and countless other frustrations and strife. But allowing Him to strip me of self-created pride suddenly softens my heart, bringing me deeper into His presence and peace.

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? 
Currently only available in print version at time of release. I believe it will be available in e-book after July 1 release date.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
The theme of our novella collection is the Gilded Age, which was thick with a wide disparity of wealth among the social classes in America. The Gilded Age is a term coined by Mark Twain to describe the thin covering of gold that glossed over the differences, shiny on the surface while corrupt underneath. In our culture today, differences are important to see and preserve. Yet it remains a challenge to bring unity and healing where differences exist. In my story, my heroine struggles not to deny her identity as the daughter of a humble gardener, nor let it keep her from opportunity.

Bio: Anne Love is a vintage-loving author fueled by prayer, strong black coffee, and characters of generations past—both real and fictional.
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Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. Nurse Practitioner by day.
Wife, mother, writer by night. Coffee drinker--any time.
Writers and cofounder of the group blog www.coffeecupsandcamisoles.blogspot.com where she contributes weekly.
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Book blurb:
When the nephew of a prestigious Chautauqua resort founder sets his eye on the new library assistant believing her an academy student, it will take more than reciting poetry for love to bloom when he learns she’s the humble gardener’s daughter.


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29 comments:

  1. Thank you for a lovely interview. I am intrigued by this book, for sure! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  2. Nice interview with Anne Love. Thank you for sharing. I remember having the floor registers in our two story farm home. Your story sound intriguing, along with the title Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection. marilynridgway78 [at] gmail[dot]com

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    1. Older homes have a lot of character and hold good memories. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Loved your interview - thanks Anne and Carrie!! Congrats on your novella release, Anne!!

    I remember having fun with those floor registers in the old farmhouse I grew up in,
    my 92 and 95 year-old parents still live in the house. The registers made great spy instruments, LOL!! You and I have much in common with the need for attitude change as young girls, Anne - my mother was the main disciplinarian in our family as my father was busy working on the farm until darkness fell each night, however, the few times he did discipline my brother and I were memorable, for sure, LOL!! As with you, my brother had a more laid-back disposition, while I was vocal with mine. I inherited "hard-headedness", as we called it, from both sides of the family - as well as OCD - I had no chance except with the Lord's help, LOL!!

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    1. The Lord meets each of us with the grace we need!

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  4. Thank you Anne for this inspiring interview! So true how we have to give up our will in favor of God's for true peace and happiness. Must say I'm looking forward to reading your new story,sounds great!! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! Submission to Christ is hard but worthwhile! Hope you enjoy the story!

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  5. Anne, thank you for sharing about your life. Looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I hope you enjoy it! Sorry folks for delayed comments. I hit a pocket of no internet signal on vacation early in July, and since home, just coming up for air! Love seeing all your comments here! :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing, Anne. Your book sounds wonderful!

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  7. Thanks for sharing, Anne. I like the blurb about your book. It sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Betti! So far, I'm hearing from readers how much they love that much of the book surrounds a library! :)

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  8. Great interview. Looking forward to reading all the stories in this book.
    Blessings,
    CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

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  9. Great interview. Congrats on your release.

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  10. Thank you, Anne for your truthful sharing of what was very difficult for you and how you dealt with it with God's help. Your book sounds really like a "must read"! Thank you for this contest. flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Lovely interview. We had the registers in our house when I was growing up. When my kids were still at home, I used to yell down our heat vents to communicate with them. One day my two-year old granddaughter was at my house, and I yelled down the heat vent to Kevin. He answered, and my granddaughter went to the vent, looked down it, and said, "Kevin's stuck. "

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    1. This is Winnie Thomas commenting as anonymous. :-D For some reason, it wasn't letting me post with my name.

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    2. Hahahah!! That is such a great story!! Heeheehee!!

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  12. Hi Anne. Those registers sound like they would have been a lot of fun, lol. Congrats on your recent release. annby AT centurylink DOT net

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I was mighty stubborn kid too. I remember some of things I did too. Daddy and Momma sure didn't let me get by with my stubbornness either. grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I hope this rings true for you as well. Thanks.

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    2. Ladette!! Great to "see" you here!

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  14. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview-- I got in trouble a LOT as a child (my older sister always said it was me... she just never got caught!). I look forward to reading this book-- looks like a great collection! ladette[at]live[dot]com

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