Interview with Franklin Jackson
Author of Prayers that Move Almighty God to Action
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
Originally from Jamaica. Residing in Mississippi
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
In Sunday school, in Jamaica, at the age of about five years old, a deacon—Uncle Bobby (Robert Wilson) went to America, from Jamaica, as a farm worker and learned about Booker T. Washington who was admitted to Hampton Institute in Virginia because he had done such a great job in cleaning the classroom the previous night. Uncle Bobby was teaching “how cleanliness is next to godliness” and used the story of Booker T. Washington to illustrate how we must always strive to do our best. Booker T. Washington had arrived at Hampton Institute about two weeks after classes began—too late for admission. So the teacher told him that he could be the janitor for the classroom for the semester. Booker T. did such a great job cleaning the classroom and furniture that night that the next morning the teacher admitted him to her class.
Four years later Booker T. Washington graduated from Hampton Institute and went to Tuskegee where he started Tuskegee Institute. I wanted to attend Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute. That’s how I came to college in the United States of America. And Tuskegee (Institute) University has been a major impact on my life. And I will always be grateful to Uncle Bobby—a deacon who could not read.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?[The tithe of my first book is “When God Says NO: Listen for the Yes! The book inspires and encourages readers to listen and look for opportunities when there are obstacles. It chronicles obstacles I overcame to achieve what I have achieved. And makes it clear that every obstacle led to a greater outcome and that God has always in each situation. The book includes obstacles which individuals in biblical times faced and how God always made a way out for them.]
The current book, “PRAYERS THAT MOVE ALMIGHTY GOD TO ACTION: Prayers of Jesus and Humans” was inspired because so many people do not truly understand the power of prayers, and many do not really experience the efficacy of prayer. I want to assist people, especially Christians-believers in Jesus to fully embrace the fact that prayers moved Almighty God to action in biblical times (Old and New Testaments) and prayers still move God to action in our times—Twenty-First Century and beyond. I want to help readers to pray with confident expectation that God answers continuous, sincere prayers. I provide examples from the Old and New Testaments—Jesus and humans—as well as from my own experiences
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
The book is easy to read and understand—reader friendly. It is not a book for theologians or Bible scholars, it is for individuals who really want to learn about prayers and want God to answer their prayers. The book pulls together, in a chronological manner, prayers from the Old and New Testaments. It shows how God responds to prayers. The readers will understand the teaching of Jesus about praying and about the model prayer He taught His disciples. In addition, the readers will share in the emotional prayers of Jesus, Solomon, Paul and others. Then the readers will share my own prayers and how God answered them—by saying yes and no. The book will assist readers develop or strengthen their interest in prayers. It might inspire and encourage them to study and search the Scripture. Finally, the book will be a blessing to the readers and to the people with whom they share it. It is an excellent companion and complementary book to the Holy Bible!
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?* 1) Practicing Christians who want to learn more about prayers and praying; 2) Individuals who are not yet Christians but are searching for answers about God and the conditions around us, 3) Church leaders and teachers who are looking for easy to understand materials on prayers and praying, 4) Church members who ae seeking deeper understanding about prayers and praying, 5) Families who want to teach children about how God answered prayers in biblical times and answers prayers in our times, 6) People who believe in God in general.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
Be patient, review things carefully, make sure that you and your publisher are on the same page don’t let anyone discourage you, do your best and with prayer and faith—confident expectation God will do the rest!
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
What unexpected things did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
I discovered many passionate prayers in the Bible which I did not know of before, especially prayers in the Old Testament—Daniel, Nehemiah, Moses, and so forth. I discovered God answers most prayers even though the manifestation of His answer might not be evident immediately. God provides answers to perplexing concerns when I meditated on them. For example, it was was difficult for me to understand how Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter denied Him after He had prayed for them. Then it was revealed to me that God did not take away Judas’ or Peter’s free will. So they were free to sin. I surprise with the amount of time Jesus spent in prayer with God and with Jesus’ passionate prayers to God. We need to spend more time on one on one with God.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
I am a little impatient. I type every word and I really do not really know how to type, so I am pretty slow with my typing
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
My biggest strength is in writing and thinking as a I write. I write on the typewriter so it is easy for me to make changes. I make handwritten notes as ideas flow to me, even when I am half asleep.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Publishing and marketing. Especially marketing==publicizing and promoting the book.
Worrying if I was telling too many secrets Leaving out so much.Keep Reading »
Write the book, start marketing (letting people know of it) before you finish.Keep Reading »