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Praise for Mind Your Own Life

From: Manuscript Review Team
Subject: Re: Manuscript
Date: December 19, 2010 3:46:07 PM EST
To: Aaron Anson

Dear Mr. Anson

Let me be the first to congratulate you. Your manuscript “Mind Your Own Life” has been accepted for our publication. You have a very interesting and timely composition. Overall, your work demonstrates strong writing with a dialogue that paces and develops nicely. The way you incorporated personal stories with teachings you found valuable was especially notable. This book will certainly inspire the reader to look deeply within him/herself.

Sincerely,

GS
Manuscript Review Team

The way we live our lives tells a story... a story that affects those around us in profound ways. When I met Aaron, his story was one that not only fascinated me, but one that made me change my own story. His life tells a narrative of love, acceptance, freedom, and happiness. I found it remarkable how he lets go of all expectations of others and fully celebrates who they are—this is the true definition of love. An important creed in his life is how others’ happiness is compulsory for his own.


His generosity is evident in the way that he gives unconditionally of himself without expecting anything in return. He touched my life with his ability to extract his ego from situations and in return choosing to be kind, rather than right.


Aaron Anson chooses a tale that assists him in loving himself, loving others, creating more, and will result in the highest good for everyone involved. When looking at Aaron’s life, it is clear that his definition of achievement is indeed self-acceptance. It’s easy to obtain material possessions, yet changing your deepest thoughts and learning to love yourself is the true triumph.

                                     —Walter Bradley, Psychologist

About the Cover

I was minding my own life one day when I became inspired to create the artwork for Mind Your Own Life. Only in my case, it was long before I ever knew there was a book.

As a Creative, I never question inspiration when it flows. It keeps me well. I know that my inspiration and intuition is a direct line to the Universe that created me. I tune in and pay attention when it makes itself known.

Oliver and Aaron were unaware that I had started working on a portrait of them in May 2010. Six months later,during one of our continuing conversations about the nature of existence, I learned that a book was in the works—one that shares Aaron’s personal expression of a deeper order and spiritual awakening in his life. Aaron commented that things were moving along well with the manuscript, but that in one area he was completely stumped. “What to do about a book cover?” We were both surprised to hear me say, “oh... but I think you already have one!”

We laughed and accepted the discovery, as crazy as it seemed, that our paths had entwined. If a pair of floating eyes could drive the story in The Great Gatsby, were our two separate but synchronistic energies driving the cover? Neither one of us knew the other’s intentions. Since I didn’t know what the book was about, would the artwork, in one visual flash, speak for its meaning? It never crossed our minds.

I revealed the portrait to Oliver and Aaron in December. In it, they appear iridescent and glowing, transcendental as they navigate the everyday, breathing in a measure of bliss while they make their own rules.

The cover drives the story home for all of us—that when you Mind Your Own Life and journey back to love, it comes from your soul.

E. Indianos
Cover Artist


Anson’s story forces you to re-evaluate your perspectives on morality, sexuality, religion (how it’s been defined by others), and spirituality. Aaron gives a piece of himself for us to understand we don’t have to be held captive by other people’s expectations. Instead we should use our thoughts to empower us in love and acceptance of ourselves. Getting back to Source is what he calls it, the Source being defined by you. Whether Source is a masculine or feminine being, named God or Godie, Allah or Jesus, Elohim or the Universe , we must all get back to the place we know as peace.


What I liked most about his book was you didn’t have to be overly spiritual or overly religious to relate to the message of seeking your own truth of love, abundance, and acceptance. It is your birthright and no one can take that away from you unless you allow them to. You really learn what it means to mind your own life. Thank you for sharing your soul with us Aaron.

—Georgette, host of BrnSkn Radio

Mind Your Own Life

Anson, Aaron. “Mind Your Own Life,” 2011.

 

Every once in a while I get a book that is a slap across the face because it allows to see the reality of something I may not have otherwise thought about. However, I have often thought about the fact that we get little information on what it is like to be Black and gay in a country that seems to have trouble accepting either minority and certainly not the two together. I am sure some of you might disagree with me by saying we live in a modern world and I say to you to take a closer look.

There is no denying that each of us have our own story and some of us are willing to share yet we do not all have the gifts to do so. Anson tells his story with sublime prose and grace and he tells us a story that we will not soon forget. It is the same story for many of us but this story is beautifully rendered in a way that really hits home.

More than anything else Aaron Anson inspired me and let me know that there is something we can all look for and find. I am sure many of my white friends (and myself) have wondered what it would be like to be Black while others may wonder the same about being gay. I myself wonder what it would be like to be Christian (having been born and raised as an observant Orthodox Jew).

Aaron Anson is the real thing and he gives us a very real message about love. He tells us that in order to know love we must know ourselves and be at peace with the world we live in. One of the sentences on the back cover says it all, “It’s better to be unloved for who you are than loved for who you’re not”. We must pull down the masks and in doing so we open the door for love to come in.

—Amos Lassen
literary reviewer

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I just started to read "Mind Your Own Life" and all I can say is "Wow!" You are a spiritual teacher in your own right. Your words and your analysis are on point and extremely inspiring. And I am just at the beginning. Can't wait to read more.

Love love love!


Aisha Smart

This book stirred up a great energy in me - one of excitement and continuous AMEN. What really resonates with me is the powerful message of acceptance and remembering that we are all one with our Source.

I pray that those who may question religious and political leaders will have access to this book and read the message with an open mind and heart.

Thanks for speaking the truth on a level that anyone can relate to.

                                          — Minister, Robert Collins

 

Lori Shin Thank you, Aaron, for being a shining light on this planet! I look forward to your book launch! I love your website, too. The world needs what you gift us with, Aaron! www.TheEverydayShaman.com

Sporty I love you much more than you’ll ever imagine.


The excerpts from the book are great. I don’t know what to say but that I am speechless. It’s wonderful, it’s great and beautiful. I am bursting with excitement and looking forward to reading and re-reading and receiving my signed copy. smile…… Very,very,very well done…love you, love you, love you both.


Mom,

Sent from my iPad

Sindee hey Aaron, We think a lot alike, especially being a Gay woman….religion…..yea…..lol. I think as a species we are amazing at technology…..we have come so far in a short time, we can video each other, email each other, text each other, skype each other……..we just haven’t come far enough as humans to actually love each other. b watching you! peace

Kesha Dad, for starters, from the excerpts, the highlights & the strong eye opening topics.


From what I see dad the book is incredibly phenomenal. I’m just speechless I love your work. Your are consistently climbing mountain after mountain & I’m extremely WOW’D! & Proud of you. btw, dad you couldn’t have picked a better title! luv it!! the passage that stuck out to me was when you said ” I tend to find it intrinsically rewarding, to challenge perceived norms & go against the grain & tenets that were established by others”. I admire that about YOU!!! YOU ARE A VERY INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL, keep setting goals & continue moving straight to the top. I firmly believe myself & others will really benefit mentally from this book. Oliver & you have the perfect companionship & commitment to each other, that kind ppl like myself cant wait to experience. Its a blessing & i’m so happy for you both.

Steve OMG Aaron! The book looks awesome and i look forward to reading it. I can’t believe that u had time to accomplish such a task with all the other obligations and such u have in your life! Congrats!!


If u and Oliver are ever in the ATL, let me know! Would love to grab a drink with ya.


Have a great Christmas, and again, congrats on the book! U, by far, are the most determined and successful person I know (and with no attitude!!)


Peace and Love...

I thank the sponsors and everyone for attending the Book Release Party (pics). I graciously accept all the warm wishes and support from you and those who wished to be there but couldn’t. The event was an absolute success on every level and could not have been possible without your love and support! You are the most amazing people in the world. I honor your courage to Find Your Truth and Mind Your Own Life. Sincerely,                        —Aaron Anson

Mind Your Own Life

Anson, Aaron. “Mind Your Own Life,” 2011.

 

The way we live our lives tells a story... a story that affects those around us in profound ways. When I met Aaron, his story was one that not only fascinated me, but one that made me change my own story. His life tells a narrative of love, acceptance, freedom, and happiness. I found it remarkable how he lets go of all expectations of others and fully celebrates who they are—this is the true definition of love. An important creed in his life is how others’ happiness is compulsory for his own.


His generosity is evident in the way that he gives unconditionally of himself without expecting anything in return. He touched my life with his ability to extract his ego from situations and in return choosing to be kind, rather than right.


Aaron Anson chooses a tale that assists him in loving himself, loving others, creating more, and will result in the highest good for everyone involved. When looking at Aaron’s life, it is clear that his definition of achievement is indeed self-acceptance. It’s easy to obtain material possessions, yet changing your deepest thoughts and learning to love yourself is the true triumph.

                                     —Walter Bradley, Psychologist

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