Singleton is determined to release book on what being an individual is about
People look for ways to define who they are in the world. Whether it’s going to school, starting a business or even writing a book. Philadelphia preacher, Elder Morris Singleton of Abundant Life Healing Fellowship Church, has been determine to finish his book titled “Fill Your Own Shoes” due to be released between December 2013 and January 2014.
“Fill Your Own Shoes” is a book that Singleton hopes will reach a diverse group of people. “I hope people of all ages, genders, nationalities and even religions read my book,” Singleton said, “everyone can get something out of it.”
He explains that his book is an easy read. The inspiration behind writing his book was identifying one as an individual and pushing oneself away from characterizations of others.
Growing up he wanted to be like Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Paul Morton (well known preachers across the nation) and some local Philadelphia preachers like Pastor Daniel Sutton and Dr. Alyn Waller. “I didn’t realize until years later that I had no true identity. I was a carbon copy of someone else.”
This book is to be a reflection of what Singleton has learned about being an individual. Teaching individuals how to be exactly that– an individual. “You can’t reach the place you need to be and stick out being someone else.” Something that Singleton feels people struggle to realize every day.
One of Singleton’s favorite quotes from his book is “Never try so hard to be like someone, to the point where you lose your own identity.”
“I hope people will obtain that drive to become original,” Singleton said. He does this by breaking down the shoe and comparing it to life.
He describes his book as being an eye-opener. “I love the way God speaks to me” Singleton said, “Some lifeless objects take on anthropomorphic personalities and it blows my mind.”
Singleton has a clear focus as a preacher to encourage those through what God has given him. Another one of his favorite quotes from the book was “If the HEM in your pants can cover the tongue of your shoe, then you should be able to have HIM cover the tongue in your mouth!” This really brought into perspective the parallel relationship of the shoe and life as he knows it.
The journey was not easy for Singleton, but nothing in life really comes easy. “My greatest challenge was two things, one I had to redo my book because the first one was deleted,” Singleton said, “two- was finding the time to sit down and be focused.”
Singleton did not allow one bump in the road to stop him. Although his book was deleted he continued to press forward and get this book done. But that was not the only bump in the road Singleton needed time away from the many task he had on a daily basis.
“Between work, church, making runs and doing things for people it caused my time to be very limited,” Singleton said.
“I started another book a few years and stopped because of my schedule. But this book has to be released– I’m determined.”
Singleton says he has no fears at all. He only has concerns with things like “finances, getting the legal side done, making sure everything is proofread and such like things.”
Although seemingly simple Singleton’s message in being an individual and the journey of individuality is something that he believes is too often overlooked. Singleton hopes that this book will change lives and challenge people to open up and discover whom they are and who they were meant to be.
“Fill Your Own Shoes” is a book that will shed light on identifying oneself and pushing oneself into making something out of what they have gained.