Local woman inspired to write a children’s book

Inspired by her granddaughter and a calling from God, LaShay Abney, of Atlanta wrote a book, “Amber Ann, Overcoming Evil with Good.”
The book shows how to use biblical principles to overcome bullying “It’s a book about identity, love and redemption,” Abney said. 
She began writing the book in 2015 and it was finished in 2017. Her step-daughter, Destani Joy June, who illustrated the book was a graduate of Atlanta High School.
“I can speak on both sides of the bullying issue,” said Abney. “When I was in grade school up into high school, I was a bully. When I became an adult, working in my profession, I have been bullied. I understand both sides of the spectrum.”
“When a person is doing the bullying, they are lashing out at other people because of something going on inside them, and that is what I was doing,” she said. “Once I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I knew that I was a changed person, and all the problems and insecurities I had with myself, I then knew not to take them out on others.”
The name was inspired by their granddaughter, Amber Ann. One day, LaShay was bouncing Amber Ann on her knee as she sang a little tune to her, a tune which became part of the book. 
“One day it just came to me, and I said it out loud, ‘I’m going to write a book,’” she said. Abney said she would come home from work and sit at the dining room table and ask the Lord to tell her what He wanted her to say. “I never had any aspirations to write a book until now,” she said.  “I have aspirations of this one day becoming a play.”
I wrote it as a children’s book because I believe we need to instill the love and knowledge of God as a young child, so they can know that what matters is what God thinks about them, not what the world thinks about them.
Abney grew up in Amarillo. When she was in the tenth grade, her family moved to Las Angeles, Calif., where she graduated from George Washington High School. She lived there for 22 years. In 1996, she moved back to Texas and took up residence in Gladewater. She lived in Gladewater until she met her husband, Barry, and the couple married in 2011 and she became an Atlanta resident. She is employed with the Hughes Springs Post Office.
The Hughes Springs Library will host a book signing for LaShay Abney from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Hughes Springs Post Office. Refreshments will be served.
All proceeds from the purchase of the book go to Labney Publishing, a company LaShay and her husband started to fund their outreach ministry, “Aim for Christ.” Aim for Christ provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors seeking higher education from a trade school, community college or four-year university. To date, Aim for Christ Ministries has granted $16,500 in scholarships. 

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