Page one grabbed my attention. I could identify with Millie’s thoughts, feelings, and her way of reacting to the uncontrollable situations going on around her.
By slipping into Millie’s world, I saw things in myself, as it drove me to the childhood origins of some of my adult perspectives.
For instance, I was reminded of how abuse shaped how I see myself today.
I had a fresh sense that the challenges in my past, helped grow me into the strong, sensitive woman I am today.
But Into the Free also showed me I still carry shadows of residual shame.
Author, Julie Cantrell, dug into my soul and tugged on some memories I’d buried beyond the place I allow my heart to go. She helped me see myself as a young, impressionable girl like Millie. And she taught me how to hug the child that is me, to hold her, and allow God to heal her a little more.
Finally, Into the Free gave me permission to explore a few more hidden hurts, so I could pluck them out, where God’s Spirit could soothe me. By honestly dealing with my past, I can become a better wife, mother, grandmother, friend, employee, and leader. A woman with the courage to share more of my own story.
Julie Cantrell took me on a fascinating ride through the Mississippi Delta in her bestselling novel, and wove a compelling tale along the way. I’ll always be glad I met Millie, Into the Free.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is an Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.