The Marion L. Jones Interview
Our lives are filled with rich, inspiring experiences that deserve to be written in a book. Marion L. Jones is one such author who has undergone a crisis in his life and with some help, hopes to inspire others as he explains in his first book, Poems From Within Me, A Recovering Addict. His second book, The Full Picture of Marion Levi Jones has just been released but for now, let us focus on his first book.
Who is Marion Levi Jones?
I’m a just a man that love what I do and enjoy helping others who are or were like me in the struggles of addiction. Now ten years ago I was cracked out…my little brother called me a crackhead. God had seen fit to give me another chance at life. Through my writing, even when I was still under the influences of drugs, He kept His hands on me. See, I was lived in abandoned houses and cars and ate out of garbage cans…didn’t have to live like that but I chose to. The devil had me just that bad thinking no one loved me. Lost my dad at the early age of five and it sent me to a place of numbness. It took me to the age of 50 to realize the root of my downfall. Once I came to myself and asked the Lord to save me from the enemy’s hands and sincerely ask forgiveness he went to His Father on my behalf to get me back on the right road. Now I’m saved and love the Lord with all my heart. I still have a long way to go but not where I used to be and know that I’m not going back. I can fight the devil with Him by my side. I became a father again to my children and a big brother to my siblings and a son to my mom. I’m so grateful for that. It’s about recovery from drugs, alcohol and suicide, to help others to see that they’re not alone in this battle.
Mr. Jones, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since 2008, I was in a rehab center and God woke me up three nights straight at 1am in the morning. I never wrote before but after those three nights, I never stopped. I didn’t even know how to use a computer but I learned quickly and I was off and running.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was Poems From Within Me, A Recovering Addict and that was me getting to understand what got me in this mess and showed me how to look at me inside out. Writing it made me open up and let the hurt of all those years come to surface and deal with them one by one. I knew I had to share this with the world.
What steps did you take to publish Poems From Within Me, A Recovering Addict?
I went through so many changes to get my book perfected, tried many self-publishing companies but they didn’t treat me right or messed up my book in the process. Now with the second one, I had a publisher who was willing to help me but fell short and ran out on me. So out of frustration I threw my book in a drawer for months not looking at it at all until I got hurt on my job which took me out and I’m still out. I won’t go back till 2016. It gave me a chance to finish it with the help of a friend from California that was willing to put her book aside to get mine done.
What’s your favorite poem inside the book?
God of the Valleys
The 23rd Psalms
Most of us know the about or have read the 23rd Psalms
The most recognized chapter in the Old Testament
and the equivalent to John 3:16 of the New Testament
We are used to being called and treated like 2nd class citizens
But being in the Lord…you are not a 2nd class but a true child of God
The Lord will watch over you
Know how to keep your surrounding still…while there’s chaos all around
He will walk with you
Even when they come to sleigh me I will trust in Him
He will welcome you
Even in my valleys and can’t see my way out I will trust Him
If the Lord is your Sheppard…you have nothing to worry about
I don’t care what the new trend is or new fashion…
I know the God will supply all my needs
As long as we trust in Him as our Sheppard…He will supply your nourishment
When you’re hungry He will feed you When you’re in need of thirst He will give you drink
He knows how to calm the rages waters so you won’t drown
Even when you think all is lost His rod will fight the enemy away
When you are lost and way out into the deep
He uses His staff to bring you back in your right mind
The Lord Is My Sheppard I Shall Not Want…
You read the rest
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What’s the one thing you want the readers to learn from Poems From Within Me?
I want them to learn that they are not alone in their journey but know that God is just waiting on them to call on Him. To those that are saved, this book reinforces them through their valleys.
What makes Poems From Within Me stand out from the rest?
It’s my personal walk, not just hearsay but my living testimony…my relationship with the Lord and they can have it too. Maybe Chapter 2, really there is none… all of them will grab you one way or another.
Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
I do motivational speaking at rehabs and shelters; I talk to people trying to get back in the world from being incarcerated…I don’t sugar-coated the message because I want them to know it might be their last chance and tomorrow not promised to anyone.
Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?
I have a book signing at my home church coming up and one in Carson California…well a meet n greet in November. One in Baltimore coming up real soon.
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook under Marion L. Jones and inbox me
Books are $15.00 with your address.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
If it’s about you and you think it can help someone else, write it but it starts with what’s ever in your heart.
Where do you see yourself five years from now if you continue writing books?
Five years I want to be able to have traveled to different seminars talking and helping lost souls…My motto is Saving Souls Today, One Day at A Time.
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
Hold on to God’s Unchanging Hand.
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