Anne Mackie Morelli, BPE, MA, RCC is a former Canadian National track and field champion, Olympian, educator, and clinical counselor, who is now a writer and public speaker. She is currently attending the Seminary at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, completing a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. Anne is passionate about inspiring others to use their talents, strengths and leadership abilities for the greater good.
Anne’s Recent Contemplations
I was delighted to be invited to share some of story on the ACTS Seminary podcast, "Seminary Insider." We discussed my experience as a Canadian National and Olympic track athlete, as a counselor and administrator in the public school setting, and how in my retirement I felt called to ACTS Seminary to learn more about my faith, grief from a Christian perspective, women in Scripture, and the place of women within the church. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3GRVT3PPIxAbytZq9OfgjF?fbclid=IwAR1xba1IRVbWj3JH6EEZZFmbTP1BcyZFV9rVX5XHsC0-b36DJfSVh7_4y2k
We all experience moments where life suddenly goes sideways. These are the times where we think we are headed in one direction, anticipating how the day or the upcoming week or month or year will unfold. But then, something flips those plans upside down. It might be a worrisome phone call that awakens us in the middle of the night. Or when something interferes with our career aspirations. A relationship explodes. A loved one is given a scary health diagnosis. A promising opportunity evaporates. Someone dies. Or, how the COVID virus has de-railed so many of the expectations and plans we had for 2020. Last spring was exhilarating. When my book, When Grief Descends: Suffering, Consolation, and the Book of Job, was first released on Amazon last spring it became a #1 bestseller in 11 categories. I participated in a number of forums and podcasts that allowed me to promote and discuss the book. I wrote guest posts for a number of blogs. And I was honored to teach a class on loss and grief...
I met Jeanne Takenaka on social media. So while I have not had the privilege of meeting her in person, as is often the case with social media we have connected in a number of places on-line and become friends. Jeanne is kind, honest, authentic and encouraging. She is a woman of faith. She has a blog, entitled, Jeanne Takenaka, (jeanne-takenaka.com) where she posts her insightful writing and her beautiful photographs. Jeanne generously invited me to contribute a guest post for her blog as a way to help me spread the word about my recently released book, When Grief Descends: Suffering, Consolation, and the Book of Job. You can find my guest post at Jeanne Takenaka's website "Grief: One Author’s Lessons From the Book of Job"—Grief is not a complete, linear process. It is complex. #grief #perspective @JeanneTakenaka @EAMorelli It is possible to purchase When Grief Descends: Suffering, Consolation, and The Book of Job through either Amazon or Barnes and...
…. Using the story of Job as a practical and spiritual lens, Anne thoughtfully guides her readers to reflect and apply what they have read to further cement the concepts and tools she shares. Most of all, Anne’s willingness to expose the wounds of her grief to hold her readers up is both beautiful and heart-breaking, begging this book to be read again and again as an evergreen resource for anyone who has suffered loss of any scale. What a timely message for our world.
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