Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Spiritual Memoir
Just kill me now, LORD! I'd rather be dead than alive, because nothing I predicted is going to happen. – Jonah 4:3

About Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Spiritual Memoir

Ron Alexander has written a masterfully scripted memoir for those who are lost, depressed, or may believe life holds no meaning. Alexander's memoir chronicles his life from 1954 to 2005 where he experienced firsthand social changes that shaped our country's future.

From pre and post segregation, the political and social impact of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Huey Newton's Black Panther Party, Alexander interweaves them brilliantly with how they affected his life.

After years of harboring deep resentments and anger, struggling against drug addiction, attending twelve step meetings and languishing in mental health institutions, through the grace of God, he was able to embrace a life filled with joy, love, hope and redemption.

Ron Alexander's poignant narrative reveals how God can heal your life despite a painful past.

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About the Author,

Writing was a personal choice for Ron Alexander, a decision he made when he was twelve years old. “I couldn’t put together two words without stuttering,” he admits. “I was shy and withdrawn, very afraid of people,” says Ron. “Writing was the only way I could express myself.”

By the time he turned fourteen years old, Ron had been incarcerated in several juvenile institutions for refusing going to school. He didn’t graduate from elementary school and never attended middle school or high school, yet he loved reading and writing. He nurtured his interest in literature by reading literary classic such as War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and Steppenwolf. “I was drawn to German and Russian writers,” he says, “but I also delved into AfricanAmerican literature.

He honed experience as a publicist while working for the late singer, Phyllis Hyman and actor, Steven Williams, star of the hit television series, 21 Jump Street.

Ron went on to perform advertising and marketing work for the McDonald’s Corporation while employed by Burrell Advertising in Chicago, and he served as the Press Secretary for Mayor Richard G. Hatcher and Director of Public Relations for the City of Gary, Indiana.

“I loved being in the arena of local politics,” admits Ron. “Every day was a new challenge. As the spokesman for the fire and police department, I gained immeasurable experience in conflict resolution. But I did not enjoy having to spin a story to explain why the fire department took too long to reach a fire emergency resulting in people dying, or justifying a police shooting.

Ron says that when he grew weary and bored with writing about other people and their lives, he made a pivotal decision to write books about his life and experiences.

“I had pit up emotions that I needed to be unleash and shared. I needed the fulfillment of reaching out to people in pain and deliver a message of hope and redemption to them. That’s my goal. That’s why I write. That’s my purpose in life.
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