Saturday, October 22, 2011

Poetic Reflections Week 10-A Special Guest

Terrell Dunnum is a school teacher and an ordained minister. At the age of twelve he began to teach Sunday school and help his mother prepare for her missionary license. Terrell’s unique message is one that has inspired, educated, and challenged individuals of all ages in making life changing choices.
At the age of 18, Terrell Dunnum’s mother died from an aneurism and a year later his father died from a coronary heart failure. Finding it difficult to continue with life and questioning God about the traumatic events left Terrell in a confused and depressed state. Terrell graduated from High School and continued through college receiving a bachelor’s degree in education through the help and encouragement of his older sibling,

Terrell says,” it was not easy, but I had to let go of the past, and learn to trust God in ways that my intellectual mind could not understand.” Through prayer and fasting, Terrell began to witness the miraculous effects of forgiveness and faith. Terrell later received his master’s degree in Christian Counseling from the American Bible College and Seminary.

Terrell Dunnum now encourages others as a motivational speaker. He has a gift to touch the hearts and minds of individuals struggling with identity crisis and relational barriers. He has helped thousands of young men and women find true meaning and purpose in life. He is the founder of Total Freedom Ministries Inc., a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, biblical counseling, and basic life skills to troubled youths and families.

About While There is Still Time
God always sends messengers to warn his people before a special event. He sent Noah before the flood. He sent angels before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He send John the Baptist before the arrival of Jesus Christ.
In the same way God spoke to Noah and John the Baptist, he has spoken to Terrell Dunnum. Terrell had released the Lord’s messages into a book of poetry that will bring hope and healing to all who read it.
While There is Still Time is filled with poetry that is enjoyable both for its messages and its unique rhythms and rhymes. The poetry in While There is Still Time will touch all people, whether saved or unsaved. The lost will be drawn back to God, the weak in faith will be strengthened, and all readers will find encouragement and inspiration.
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An interview for Jingle Poetry at The Gooseberry Garden

Tell us about yourself.

First of all I would like to say, thank you for having me as a guest. I am an author, teacher and inspirational speaker. I have a master’s degree in Christian Counseling from American Bible College and Seminary and find it an honor to hold workshops that help facilitate inner emotional healing. I began reading the bible at the age of twelve and continued throughout my adult years. As an adult I became determined in finding ways to press in to the presence of God. The book, While There Is Still Time is a result of that determination.

Tell me about your book, the name, what does it mean to you?

While There Is Still Time is a book of prophecy revealed through poetry. It is a book that connects the reader to the heart of God. The title conveys a message of hope. It also brings a reminder of the promises of God while urging the reader to make life abundant choices.

When did you start writing your book and what gave you the idea?  

I started writing While There Is Still Time a year and a half ago. The book is the result of a conversational experience I had with the Lord God Almighty. It was a Sunday morning in mid March. I was awaked by gentle yet powerful voice within that seemed to resonate from the throne of God. Grabbing paper and pencil, I began to  jot down messages as quickly as they through the spirit of my soul. Over the period of one week, three to five poems where written given through the wonderful inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Your first poem? Remember?

 The first poem I ever wrote was a poem written and given to Sharon Draper based on the book Copper Sun. The poem was titled, The Sunset Within. It was a poem about finding strength, love, and hope.

What are your writing inspirations?

Having the opportunity to encourage someone who has given up is so rewarding. To share words of life that have the ability to bring freedom to one’s soul is more than words can convey. We all must realize that our words living, whether spoken or written. They have the potential to transform life for centuries to come.

When did you start writing poetry? Do you write fiction as well?

I started writing skits and plays for high school students eleven years ago. While There Is Still Time is the first non-fictional book of prophetic poetry I have ever written. I feel it is important to share messages of love that compel us to look at our choices in life and make necessary changes.

Do you have a favorite author or poet?

One of my favorite authors is Sarah Young. She is the author of Jesus Calling.

Favorite quote?

..Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added. Mathew 6:33

What's your plan for your future writing? 

Seeking God’s face and tuning my ear to his life giving words of wisdom is my number one plan for the future. There are times in which we all get distracted or become sidetracked. My plan for the future is to always be pliable to the stream of life that flows from within.

Any advice to poets who wish to blog or write poetry?

Shoot for the stars. Never give up and keep the candle burning bright within your heart. The talent you have been given will help many as they travel the journey of life. Use your faith to strengthen the wind against your sail. 


MORNING said...

Thanks for the interview.

I am sure some of our followers will get inspired by your book and your words.

keep it up.

Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

Rebecca, Thanks for recommending this interview to us.

Enjoyed a totally different and an inspirational perspective here.

Glad to meet, Terrell.

Anonymous said...

Very awesome blog !! I couldnt have wrote this any better than you if I tried super hard hehe!! I like your style too!! it’s very unique & refreshing…