Monica Smith believes the healing effect of telling one’s story is a forgotten process. Just as I Am real talk is a book of poetry that takes you on a journey of self-discovery of having a poor self-image, obtaining a new self-image, and sharing your story of transformation to help others. Monica Smith is the mother of three children currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas.
Which poem is your favorite poem and why?
My favorite poem is "She" because it was truly a poem of self discovery. I began writing this poem with such admiration for "She" I thought what an amazing woman. The confidence that she exuded in the poem was so attractive. I remember wishing that I was her. What freedom she had found in herself through Christ. At the end of the poem was really a journey into how God views his daughters and even more specifically how He was speaking to me through the poem that She is me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book came about as a natural process of my healing. I started writing "Just as I Am as a journal. A journal of what I had went through, what I was going; as well as, what I was witnessing in the church but no one was talking about. Even though I had been saved I had these haunting images and beliefs about myself that blocked me from seeing myself as God sees me. In the process some of the responses came from God revealing His heart on how he sees us through Jesus. At the end of writings I discover that all the time I've wasted there are other hurting women out there who need to hear my story, who need to hear about a Savior.
Come along on a poetic journey of transformation through faith in Christ Jesus as a young woman shares what her life was like before Christ, the hope she found when she became a Christian and the duty to share her story with others that are lost, without hope in the world through the Spoken Word.