Shanique Shand: Equipped to im­pact through words

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanna Mon­teith/Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­[email protected]­erjm.com

WHAT BE­GAN as only an item on her vi­sion board has come to pass and Shanique Shand can now en­joy the sat­is­fac­tion of be­ing re­ferred to as a pub­lished author.

Like many chil­dren who weren’t ex­tro­verts, Shand found plea­sure and re­lease in shar­ing her thoughts with her jour­nal.

Writ­ing, she ex­plained, was also a way of doc­u­ment­ing the things God down­loaded in her spirit.

She said, “I al­ways knew I would be an author, be­cause I be­lieve I could add value to peo­ple’s lives through that medium. It was only for me to wait for the ap­pointed time for the man­i­fes­ta­tion.”

So, with lit­tle funds and a lot of faith, Shand told Fam­ily & Re­li­gion, she be­gan pur­su­ing her book.

“I was ask­ing God how, be­cause I didn’t have the money to af­ford a book coach. As if by di­vine ap­point­ment, a Face­book friend of mine, who is an author, made a post about help­ing a few peo­ple to pub­lish their book. I ex­pressed my in­ter­est and she as­sisted me along the way by giv­ing guid­ance, shar­ing re­sources and ac­count­abil­ity – free of cost,” she said, adding that since the con­nec­tion she didn’t stop un­til her book was com­plete.

PUB­LISHED LAST MONTH

Equipped to Im­pact: A 40 Day Jour­ney to an Em­pow­ered Life was the Go­dre­vealed ti­tle un­der which a faith­ful Shand would is­sue a book she had for years dreamt of writ­ing.

From her vi­sion board to the elec­tronic shelves of Ama­zon and Book Fu­sion, her guide was pub­lished on Novem­ber 12.

The 25-year-old en­tre­pre­neur, who op­er­ates a busi­ness called Bee Phe­nom­e­nal In­ter­na­tional, said her book was self­pub­lished un­der said la­bel as she hopes to use as a coach­ing tool in her quest to help peo­ple ‘Bee Phe­nom­e­nal”.

“I love to em­power and equip peo­ple, and I be­lieve this ti­tle rep­re­sented the con­tent and would po­si­tion this book as a tool of bi­b­li­cal in­spi­ra­tion and em­pow­er­ment.

“This book is for any­one who is de­sirous of in­creas­ing their im­pact in the world. With the bi­b­li­cal pre­scrip­tions for em­pow­ered liv­ing, both Chris­tians and non-Chris­tians can use the Word of God as a tool to over­come and achieve the im­pos­si­ble. I want peo­ple to know that once you read, un­der­stand and ap­ply the Word of God, every dream is achiev­able, no moun­tain is in­sur­mount­able. It will equip you to im­pact your per­sonal life, peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties, coun­try and the world,” she said, adding that its bi­b­li­cal prin­ci­ples and method­olo­gies are univer­sal to any age group and gen­der.

PER­SONAL PROCESS

Speak­ing on her per­sonal process to be­com­ing equipped to im­pact, Shand men­tioned that those who knew her dur­ing her child­hood mar­vel to­day at her con­fi­dence.

A mir­a­cle in mo­tion, as she calls her­self, the young woman spoke of how God trans­formed and em­bold­ened her, a bless­ing she cred­its to her self­less com­mit­ment to ‘my Chris­tian faith’.

Shand, who wore the crown of Miss St Ann Fes­ti­val Queen 2016, said, “My source of em­pow­er­ment stems from my 13-year re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus Christ, and my daily man­ual for em­pow­ered liv­ing is the Word of God. I have ex­pe­ri­enced it and I want oth­ers to do the same through my book. There are days I sit and rem­i­nisce on the process I went through to get here. It was dif­fi­cult – aca­demic fail­ures and dis­ap­point­ments, fi­nan­cial stress, con­fu­sion, re­grets and sad­ness – but it made me into a bet­ter woman.

“God’s plans are per­fect. Sub­mis­sion to a plan that is not yours is never easy, but I am fully sub­mit­ted to God’s will for my life. My de­sire is to con­tinue be­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Him on earth and ful­fil my pur­pose as an author, speaker, wor­ship leader, coach, en­tre­pre­neur and phi­lan­thropist while do­ing so.”

Shanique Shand

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