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Imagine the Future You ~ Ada Brownell

Directed towards young people, but could be used by anyone

This book is for any person, young or old, who has not quite envisioned what they want to do with their life when they grow up. It is for the person, young or old, who is stuck in a rut either in life or in their Christian walk. There are questions in the back that go with each chapter and it could be a good and life-informing book for either self-study or as a group, such as a young adult Bible study, even a college dorm Bible study group would find this book worth their time.


Each chapter starts with an Imagine statement that frames additional Imagine statements throughout the chapters. The main Imagine statement is broken down into smaller, more refined statements to get the reader to think even deeper on a topic.

[From Amazon]

ADA (NICHOLSON) BROWNELL’s prolific writing career began in her teens with writing for youth magazines. She taught youth much of her life. She and her husband had five children of their own.


Nearly 300 articles of her articles and stories have appeared in 45 Christian publications, and she spent 17 years as a journalist, mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado.


Brownell has a B.S. Degree in mass communications and a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible, now Global University.


She continues to write books; articles for Christian publications, and occasional op-ed pieces for newspapers.


Ada, thank you for joining me on The Editor’s Note today!


I enjoyed reading Imagine the Future You, not just as a person who loves to read, but as a person who is (and probably always will be) still growing in my walk. I especially liked the parts on Martin Luther, we celebrate what he has done for the church every October 31st at a large Reformation Party. Where did you find out so much about his style of prayer?

I have a biography by H. G. Haile published in 1980 by Doubleday. I think I got the book when I was writing book reviews for The Denver Post. I love biographies and quote from them quite often. Martin Luther was a great inspiration to me. I particularly like the place where he “smeared his ears with the promises of God,” by quoting scriptures. In one of his teachings on prayer, Luther advised Christians that when Christ said to “ask…seek…knock” it was to encourage Christians to be persistent when they pray. He advised them to ask, keep seeking after the Lord, and knock excessively. “Ask and receive means nothing else than, ‘ask, call out, yell, seek, knock, thunder!’”

As I stated above, you use Imagine statements throughout your book, do you use your imagination in your own prayer life or to get through problems you encounter?

I’ve always had a great imagination.  Creative people worry more because they can think of more things to worry about. But I think keeping our eyes open to problems and opportunities often is the way to change things or to receive God’s help. Having a vision for the future and working toward it has been a foundation for my spiritual growth and faith. There’s more to imagination than it appears to the undiscerning. Hebrews 11:1 NIV says, “Now faith if being sure of what you hope for and confident of what you do not see.” The New King James puts it this way: “Now faith if the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The chapter continues to reveal, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (verse 3) and adds this: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”

That’s the foundation of Christianity.

Faith in many ways is imagining what God can do in our lives, and believing what He’s already done.

This book was written for young people. How have you been getting the word out about this book, and how can my readers’ help you find those young people who need to read it?

In some ways it’s difficult for me, a senior citizen, to market directly to youth. But I have four teenage grandchildren, I’ve given the book to three youth pastors.  Grandmas and parents buy the book for their teens and some find it on their own. Some parents use it as a Bible study guide. I write for a teen devotional magazine.

After about 30 years teaching and leading youth during my life, I established an after-school and summers program at our church in Pueblo, Colo., right after I retired. When we moved to Missouri I taught upper elementary school kids at James River Assembly for several years.

I know more about youth than most because of my work as a newspaper reporter. Often I focused on young achievers, fashions, and things that interest them.  But also I wrote about their many problems and challenges in this day and age: peer pressure; habits; success; beauty; earning respect; developing talents; careers; dating; love and marriage; time management; anger; abuse; mental illness; suicide; sexually transmitted diseases; teen pregnancy; abortion; alcohol and drug addiction; crime; and much more. I’ve interviewed the students; talked to experts; and each year wrote reports about teen health statistics. Beyond that, I’ve interviewed anthropologists, professors, pastors and other experts about the brainwashing of faith from youth and saw it first hand in the secular university I attended. I took propaganda in college. Parents don’t realize what their children are up against.


I’d like to ask your followers a question. One reviewer said, “I wish I could have sat at Ada Brownell’s knee when I was a teen. What do you think is the most important thing for youth to know and learn?

You have quite a few other books out that I would label as spiritual help (as opposed to self-help) would you like to tell us about those too?

  • Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth. JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT. Fiction for youth and adults.
  • How does a respected elocutionist become a face on a wanted poster? THE LADY FUGITIVE. Fiction  from  Elk Lake Publishers.
  • Do you believe you could live with someone else’s heart or kidneys, but not without your body? Evidence shows we’re more than flesh. SWALLOWED BY LIFE: MYSTERIES OF DEATH, RESURRECTION AND THE ETERNAL.


All the books have a Christian payload and are available from my Amazon Author Page