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Gary native returned home for bestselling book signing

By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Cruusader

Venessa D. Anderson-Abram, a native of Gary and a 1988 Horace Mann High School alumna will be returning to her roots to share her accomplishments. She is a “Best-Selling” author on for her book “Self-Discovery. A Daily Journey-Positioned to Prosper.”

She held her book signing at the church she grew up in as a young child, New Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Sunday, March 12.

Abram explains the content written in the book was birthed from a myriad of life experiences that resulted in her rededication to God that created rebirth, redirection, repositioning and most of all self-discovery that allowed her to prosper on purpose.

She says her organization Self-Discovery. A Daily Journey: Positioned to Prosper was birthed in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of her movement was to inspire, empower, coach, mentor and develop souls to walk boldly into their purpose and be set apart.

A manager at State Farm Insurance in Atlanta, Abram says the reason she wrote the book is because life experiences taught her that there was purpose in being paid. She said, “Anything I do I’m coming back home to my roots in Gary. I grew up in New Mount Moriah under the leadership of Rev. W. N. Reed. He was like a spiritual father to me when I was experiencing the storms of life. He always provided me with instruction, wisdom, discipline, and scolding, all laced with love.”

Abram is the daughter of the late LaVern Anderson who was an avid community advocate for the Horace Mann School District. In 2012-2014 the City of Gary Proclaimed September 30th “LaVern Anderson Day” and the Gary Community School Corporation participated in a tree planting and dedication ceremony in her memory at McCullough Academy. She said, “In honor of my mother I am grateful for her love, life, and the legacy that she has left that will forever live and not perish.”

Abram says she is dedicating the book signing to her brother, the late Randolph Davison, Jr., affectionately known as Ruddy, who passed in September 2016. She has both a T-shirt and bracelet line that will be available at the book signing.

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