SC: I was born in Rochester, New York. Subsequently, my family moved to Chicago, Illinois where I spent the majority of my teenage and young adult years. I received my master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and my doctorate from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. After earning my doctorate, I married my husband who is now the pastor of Rest-Oration Church in Champaign, Illinois. During my time in ministry and as a pastor’s wife, I have had the opportunity of working with many families who are seeking healing and deliverance, paying particular attention to women. I generally work women who are having trouble moving beyond their past hurt, anger and unsettling experiences. As a conference speaker and facilitator, I have dedicated my time to helping women to move beyond the broken places of their past and realize that there is a bigger, better and brighter future ahead. I declared that 2018 would my year of giving back to others! In this same vain, I have recently started an organized effort to raise money and collect care bags and blankets for the homeless who live on the streets of Chicago. I have dedicated 100% of my book sales to fight against homelessness which is a big problem in Chicago. Anyone who purchases my book will be doing so to help a greater cause, which is to help the less fortunate.
As a young adult, I would sit and read various fiction books which sparked a desire to write fiction books. I had no clue how to get started so I never followed through until recently. Although I have not written any fiction works, based on passions and calling to ministry, I have started a new journey of writing Christian non-fiction, spiritual books.
SC: My book entitled “Prayer Plus Faith Equals Miracles: 31 Days of Fervent Prayer” is a 31 day prayer devotional. Based on reviews that I have received thus far, readers have found that as believers, they are lacking a real and true relationship or daily connection with the Holy Spirit. This is more than just a book, but it is a journey of prayer and communing with our God. Many have found that reading this book has either caused them to start a prayer life or enhanced their existing prayer life. Readers have also found that as they read each prayer daily, that the prayers are focused and effective. This book has helped so many to continue to grow with the Lord and build up their faith.
BBB" How did you come up with the idea for your book cover?
SC: I imagined the title of the book and what that looks like in relation to what the scriptures say about the words in my title which are prayer, faith and miracles. After spending time in prayer and deep thought about what this book means to me and what it can do for the lives of others, the first thought that came to mind was when Jesus walked on water and the disciples had little faith that he had the power to perform this task. It was through our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, that we can believe that we can do the impossible.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
SC: I am currently working on my next Christian Non-fiction book entitled: “Guard Your Heart: A Guide to Victorious Living.” This is a self-help book for just about anyone who has ever dealt with having a broken heart. It will help readers to understand why they go through broken hearts and how to prevent it from crippling their future relationships. It will be ideal for singles to help them find the right relationship with the person that God has designed just for them and prepare them for marriage. It will also be best suited for those who are seeking spiritual guidance on how to develop a relationship with God, and how to foster healthy holistic friendships.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
SC: Readers can discover more about my work by visiting my author page on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692952047. OR, they can follow me on Facebook author page at Sharon Crittenden; on twitter@scrittenden42 and Instagram@scrittenden41.