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
Louise and I first met when we both worked at the Vernon Family Resource Center. She worked with the mental health referrals and I was in charge of the Community Lay Counselling Program. We immediately became fast friends. Even though we are very different in some ways, we also tend to see people and the world around us in similar ways. You know these kinds of friends. These are the kindred spirits. The ones you only have to make eye contact with and a multitude of things are communicated without having to say a word. No explanations are needed. You just get each other. it is like you have come home. We quickly discovered we lived right around the corner from each other in a rural community just outside of Vernon. She and her partner had a large property and had many animals including a horse, cat, and rabbits. When they would go away for holidays they would ask our three young sons to take care of the animals, which our little boys just loved doing. So our lives began to shift into...
I am thrilled to share that my solo book is scheduled to be published in late June! I also recognize that this is a challenging time to release a book. Throughout the world we have had to face, and unexpectedly deal with, the adversity associated with the pandemic and social distancing, injustice, economic struggles, political unrest, the illness and death of loved ones, and the loss of things such as personal freedom, safety, regular routines, certainty, control, companionship, and physical connection. However, I do believe the book and the timing of its release is providential. The book focuses on how we can grow in our capacity to handle loss and process grief. How we can enter into adversity and suffering and provide healing consolation. The book draws from the biblical Book of Job and what it can help teach us about a theology of suffering, lamenting, grieving, and providing consolation - so that we can move from being miserable comforters like Job’s companions and...
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…. 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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