ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author | Licensed Minister | Educator | Consultant | Entrepreneur
Bertha L. St. John is an educator, consultant, and business owner. She is also a licensed minister, intercessor, and kindergarten teacher at Word of Restoration International Church under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Charles Perry, Jr. and First Lady Charlotte Perry. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Houston.
Bertha, tell us about your book?
The book, “Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation, reveals how a painful incident caused a little girl in a segregated rural Texas town to become angry, fearful and defeated. These feelings remained hidden within her heart and accompanied her into young adult life. Something happened in her life that caused a change. She began to see herself differently. She went from being a victim to victorious, fearful to faithful, ugly to beautiful and from defeated to victorious. Her life was transformed.
How did you come up with idea for this book?
The title “Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation was derived from an experience that occurred at a prayer conference in 1990 given by Bishop Dorothy Washington at the Hilton Hotel in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jean Perez, the guest speaker, ministered on the theme: A Transformed Life. After speaking, she began prophesying to people in the room. While looking at me, she pointed her finger at me while stating, “God is going to turn your life upside down and it will never be the same again. He has called you into the ministry” .
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
The most difficult aspect of writing this book was to re-write it. My editor, Sherena Ward had me to read, Maya Angelou’s book: “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. After reading the story, we discussed the book at length. I had to go back to the drawing board and write to a specific audience of people while being as descriptive as possible.
Why do you write?
I write because, I feel more confident when putting words on paper. The words tend to flow easily.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
Seven valuable lessons that I want readers to learn from the book, “ Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation are as follows:
- God has a plan for your life
- Promotions comes from God
- Begin each day with prayer
- Have faith in God
- The gateway to freedom is forgiveness
- Don’t quit
- Salvation has benefits
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are:
- (late) Dr. Myles Monroe-“Pursuit of Purpose”
- Stormie O Martian- “The Power of a Praying Wife
- Sarah Morgan- “You Shall Decree A Thing”
- Cindy Trimm- “Commanding Your Morning”
- Joel Osteen- “ Become a Better You”
What book(s) are you reading now?
Presently, I am reading, “How to Relate to Your Pastor”. I am a member of the Word of Restoration International Church, located in Rosharon, Texas, under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Charles Perry, Jr. and First Lady Charlotte Perry. As members, my husband and I have submitted ourselves to our pastor as our shepherd. Our desire is to serve help our pastor by serving the members.
What books have most influenced your life?
The books that most impacted my life are:
- The Pursuit of Purpose- Dr. Myles Monroe
- The Power of a Praying Wife-Stormie O Martin
- You Shall Decree A Thing- Dr. Sarah Morgan
- Commanding Your Morning- Dr. Cindy Trimm
- Lord Change Me- Evelyn Christenson
- Become A Better You- Joel Osteen
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
If I had to choose a writer as a mentor I would choose Dr. Cindy Trimm. The reason why I selected her is because she knows how to challenge a person to speak the word. In addition, her life is built on prayer.
Any advice to give to aspiring writers?
The advice that I would give an aspiring writer is the advice my Pastor Dr. Charles Perry Jr. gave us in one of the Lessons related to the Enemies of Faithful Expectancy:
“We come into the world looking like our parents but we leave here looking like our decisions.“
Where you are now is based on decisions that you have made in the past. Change begins the minute you decide to launch out using your writing abilities to enhance others along the journey of life. Begin now to speak words of life into your readers. According to Isaiah 55:11 in the God’s Word Translation, “ My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
Have you ever wanted your life to change?
Turned Upside Down reveals how a painful incident caused a little girl in segregated rural Texas to feel angry, fearful, ugly, and defeated. As a young woman, these hidden feelings still haunted her and would have kept her in bondage. But, by encountering God like never before, she moved from victim to victorious, from fearful to faithful, from ugly to beautiful, and from defeated to triumphant. Her life was completely transformed and would never be the same again.
In her first book, Bertha St. John shares her journey to encourage others to break though the physical and emotional bondage of poverty, prejudice, poor self-esteem, and molestation. Walk with her as she reveals how God transformed her life and wants to do the same for you.
Get your copy today: Turned Upside Down: My Testimony of Transformation
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