Book Details

Non-Fiction
What Does a Christian Look Like? Epistles of a Repentant Heart

I received a phone call on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, around 3:45 pm, that changed my life forever.  My mom called to tell me my Dad died!  It was the first time in my life where I stopped living my life.  This was the first time I was able to listen and to hear what God had to say to me.  I had been searching for God and how to get know Him all my life.  The death of my Dad catapulted my need and my desire for my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 

What Does a Christian Look Like?  Epistles of a Repentant Heart is a heartfelt collection of poetry and letters that expresses the brokenness of my sinful heart to the renewed heart and mind through the "amazing grace" of Jesus Christ.  One of the greatest miracles is when one sinner repents; this is a living testament to the validity of the Bible! We often times think we are the only ones that feel, think, hurt, and believe the way we do.  I am here to tell you, we are not as different as we may think.  It is ONLY by the power of Jesus Christ that we were once lost but now found, and now given the light of life; never to walk in darkness again, but to have the Jesus to be the lamp unto our feet and to be light unto our paths.

“I read the book in one sitting it was good because it was real!  This is an amazing read.”  Chasity Lewallen

 

“Authentic and transparent”  Dr. Tracy Bishop-Kiernan

 “Epistles of a Repentant Heart” by Debbie Raynes

 “This is an inspiring book and I loved the poetic tones. It took a lot of courage for Canaa to open herself and bear her soul, but she gave me the courage to look at my own life and empowered me to seek the answers, by reading the Bible in a different light. It is beautifully written and very easy to read. I love the depth of her writing and the warmth of her heart. This is a touching and wonderful book and I really enjoyed it. It is the story of the author's journey in finding God and her own peace. I could relate to so much that she shared, as I had a bumpy relationship with my mother and things were said and not said, and after she passed I struggled with my own guilt and anger. But through God and prayer, I did find peace and a sense of closure. This is an inspiring book and I loved the poetic tones. It took a lot of courage for Canaa to open herself and bear her soul, but she gave me the courage to look at my own life and empowered me to seek the answers, by reading the Bible in a different light. It is beautifully written and very easy to read. I love the depth of her writing and the warmth of her heart. Thank you Canaa for reminding me we are all human, we make mistakes, sometimes people don't forgive us nor do we forgive them. But God always forgives and our life's path is easier when we walk it with Jesus. I recommend this book to all, it is deep and inspiring.”

 

“Your book had been on my desk for me to look at every day but recently I had been digging into learning more about confession and repentance and that's when I picked your book up. Your book reminds me of the feelings and hurts I had with my father growing up. I love your transparency and honestly, you really know how to put a book together that points to character of God.  Keep it up!”  Brian Knoedl

 

 

 

Author Details

Canaa L. Lee
I grew up in the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas that had a population of roughly 5,000 people. I have been a teacher since I was 12 years old. I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My skills, advanced rather quickly so my parents allowed me to give piano lessons to earn some money in addition to the allowance I was receiving. As a junior in high school, I was a first grade tutor in reading and mathematics. In college, I tutored students in math, biology, English and study skills. I have been a high school teacher for ten years now. I have taught middle school, high school, college and on the university level. My forte in high school was mathematics. Mathematics came easy to me, and I helped my friends with their homework. My first passion was music, but I soon realized that by majoring in mathematics would make me be more marketable with a degree in mathematics verses a degree in music. While completing my undergraduate work at Arkansas State University, I had a job as a Student Support Services tutor. I was able to make my own schedule and set my own hours. I loved teaching college students! That is when I knew I wanted to be a college instructor. However, instead of continuing with my education, I decided to get a job as a high school teacher so I could acquire some work experience. My first teaching job was in Fort Worth, Texas, at South Hills High School. I went to back to school for a master's degree to be to teach in college. I started graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington in the summer of 2002. I resumed my course of study in a masters of arts program in mathematics education in January 2004. I completed my graduate work at the University of Central Arkansas in August 2005. Now that I had my Master's Degree I could teach in a college. I continued to teach high school full time and be an adjunct faculty member at the college. In 2006, I took a position as an instructional specialist at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, TX. In 2008, I took a position as a lead content teacher at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth, TX. In the summer of 2008, I moved to Garland to teach at Garland High School. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be Program Administrator for Project Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially (EDGE). In September of 2011, I was unanimously selected as the2011 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year. This was the first time in my entire teaching career that I had been recognized for my efforts as a teacher. I had a nice house in the suburbs. I was successful, driven and ambitious, leading the way in the education. I received a phone call on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, around 3:45 pm, that changed my life forever. My mom called to tell me my Dad died! It was the first time in my life where I stopped living my life. This was the first time I was able to listen and to hear what God had to say to me. I had been searching for God and how to get know Him all my life. The death of my Dad catapulted my need and my desire for my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In 2012, I met the woman who soon became my best friend and introduced me to the Christian lifestyle. Also, I published my first book, "Algebra for the Urban Student." My life slowly started to pick up. I decided to make some changes in my life. I was a published author and a public speaker; I had a new best friend. I even started to go to church. A new circle of friends was a breath of fresh air. Instead of just going to work and going home, I was actually enjoying my life and the people that I was around. In 2013, I decided I wanted to do something special for my 34th birthday and went on a singles cruise The events that happened after this changed my life forever!