Bryan Au­guste’s Mis­sion to Heal a Na­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele Lau­ren-Hack­shaw

Bryan Au­guste started writ­ing in 1998 and hasn't stopped since. The Saint Lu­cian au­thor who re­sides in Canada is the au­thor of mul­ti­ple faith-ori­ented, Chris­tian books. In our in­ter­view this week the au­thor told the STAR his book ‘Who is Oxy­mor?' is quite sig­nif­i­cant to him, as it's based on his child­hood and his back­ground. He writes his books in Canada and has a to­tal of twelve books with ti­tles in­clud­ing: ‘Lord Heal Our Na­tion', ‘Suc­ceed­ing Against All Odds: A Prac­ti­cal Guide to Suc­cess in Ex­am­i­na­tions', ‘Anx­ious About Noth­ing', and ‘Pray Through Your Dun­geon'. The STAR in­ter­viewed Bryan this week to find out more about his mis­sion to share in­spi­ra­tion through his work.

What en­cour­aged you to start writ­ing?

Bryan: The ex­pe­ri­ences I've gone through in my life. The book ‘Anx­ious About Noth­ing' is about the en­coun­ters I went through grow­ing up with my mother and grand­mother. It in­spired me to con­trib­ute and help as­sist oth­ers.

Who is your tar­get au­di­ence?

Bryan: Stu­dents, peo­ple who seek en­cour­age­ment, and the Chris­tian com­mu­nity. I be­lieve there is some­thing to be found for ev­ery­one in my pub­li­ca­tions, no mat­ter the cul­ture or age range.

What mes­sage are you try­ing to con­vey through your books?

Bryan: Each book has a dif­fer­ent mes­sage but I want to en­cour­age more peo­ple to read in our coun­try, gain a lit­tle wis­dom, and per­haps im­pact their lives. For in­stance, there was a guy who read my book, ‘Pray Through Your Dun­geon'. He said af­ter he read the book he stopped watch­ing pornog­ra­phy on the In­ter­net.

How many books do you have and what are they about?

Bryan: Right now, I have twelve books. They fo­cus on the Chris­tian faith and are mo­ti­va­tional and in­spi­ra­tional books.

On an av­er­age, how long does it take you to write a book?

Bryan: It de­pends on the book I'm writ­ing. For ex­am­ple, my lat­est book ‘Lord Heal Our Na­tion' took me five years to com­plete. It is based on the is­sues that cause na­tions to be in prob­lems. Dis­putes that we go through in our coun­try aren't unique to Saint Lu­cia. They could serve as a ba­sis for anal­y­sis of what could be wrong with all na­tions. It pro­vides prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples of change in the gov­ern­ment; new poli­cies and so­cial pro­grammes are not nec­es­sar­ily the an­swer to the prob­lems of the na­tion.

Which one of your books do you like the most?

Bryan: ‘Who is the Real Oxy­mor?' be­cause grow­ing up, Oxy­mor was sup­posed to be a dim-wit­ted guy and ev­ery­body was in search of him. It was said he was the guy who saw a mango, climbed the tree, touched the mango and then climbed back down. Af­ter that he threw a stone at the mango try­ing to pick it. So, we grew up with a lot of hu­mour around dim-wit­ted things and per­sons and the search for that Oxy­mor is like search­ing for the Holy Grail. It speaks about my back­ground, how I grew up and how I knew about Oxy­mor.

It also fea­tures peo­ple who were con­sid­ered Oxy­mor, such as Ein­stein, by the teach­ers and most peo­ple; I've se­lected a few of them and in­cluded it into the book as well as quo­ta­tions, and how they went on to achieve great­ness and to prove peo­ple wrong.

Where are your books avail­able?

Bryan: Cur­rently, I am try­ing to make them avail­able through all book re­tail­ers in Saint Lu­cia.

Saint Lu­cian au­thor Bryan Au­guste.

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