Jerrie Norris Brooks is a writer and an encourager. She began her career as a professional librarian working with community residents in Massachusetts and Georgia. After a career transition, she leveraged her gifts for writing and teaching as a trainer and program administrator in business and government. However, she found her niche in non-profits and higher education, developing and piloting model community-based career development and mentoring programs and providing post-secondary school success services for students. An avid volunteer, she also used her writing and teaching skills as a church school teacher and leader, founder of a community scholarship foundation, and writer for her church’s senior newsletter.
Writing has been one of the constants in her life. In 1984, G. K. Hall published her first book, Presenting Rosa Guy, a bio-critical study of the late West Indian American author Rosa Guy. A revised paperback edition of the book was released by Dell in 1988. She has also been a book reviewer for The Christian Science Monitor and edited a book review column for The Advocate, the journal of The Southeastern Advocates of Literature for Children.
Treasures in Secret Places, her latest book, and first self-published work, marks her debut in the religious market. As a woman of faith, she is excited about writing to encourage others and witnessing to the power of God's Word. She is also pleased to add her voice to the growing chorus of believing women of color who are writing to tell their unique stories as a testimony and a legacy "so those not yet born will praise God" (Psalms 102:18 MSG).
A native Georgian, she completed her higher education in New England, earning her undergraduate degree from Smith College and her Master’s from Simmons College. Now happily retired, she shares her life with her husband and two dogs in a small town just outside Atlanta. In addition to her writing, she gardens, is active in her church and continues to support community education and scholarship programs.
What I believe:
Life is a journey, and by faith and the light of God’s Word, we can walk it out, peacefully, productively, and joyfully, to the glory of God!
"Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God."
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
"I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. "
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
"Extremely engaging, inspirational, and motivating! It's a devotional that speaks to places/feelings/encounters that are not written about nearly enough. Gratitude, Love, Purpose, are all topics that we see in every inspirational text, however, this author leads the reader through the topic with gripping, beautifully written experiences, and with foundational scriptures to continue the journey opened up by her words."
“This book has given me strength during a difficult time in my life…by reminding me just how relying on God’s word and promises can bring you so much comfort and relief. I have been able to start writing down my favorite scriptures and relying on them to carry me through rough times.”
“'Voices we prefer to ignore may sometimes speak words we need to hear.' That quote is an excerpt from this book. This book is so powerful and amazing! It has touched me in ways that only those that know the power of the Holy Spirit can appreciate what I’m saying. It is truly an honor to know and also call this author my spiritual friend, motivator, and one of many great mentors in my life. Thank you . . . for sharing your story."
“Wow…Wow! Thank you for allowing me to read your manuscript. I was captivated by the variety of writing styles and certainly enjoyed the content. It was like going on a journey, on a winding road and eagerly awaiting what lies ahead while experiencing a variety of life aspects and emotions…and always stopping to be fueled and refueled by God’s Word."
* “a very good writer…
* open & willing 2 share her story which will/should encourage others
* really like the different layout, the alphabetical arrangement"