Hello Family, Friends & Faithful Supporters,
As a kid, I can’t say that I had a strong desire to be a writer. However, as I think back over my younger days, writing was never my issue; it was my English teacher’s red pen marks about my grammatical errors and run on sentences. Now, when I write all I can hear sometimes is her voice saying “Less is more”. My teenage years I can’t say were the best, but my mother always kept me grateful, so I made the best of them. My relationship with my father was a strained one, and sometimes even volatile, due to my immaturity and his chronic alcoholism. Many young males don’t get a chance to have their fathers around, but here I was with my father present, yet it felt like he was absent, because of the alcoholism. In my 20’s, the tides of my “me against the world” mentality began to calm down. I became more focused and driven to settle down and possibly establish a family. I spent those precious years in a relationship that I figured for sure would end up in marriage. However, that did not happen, and in the beginning I was devastated, but as time went on I healed mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I always tell people, getting over the break up was the easy part; it was the getting over of what I allowed to happen to myself. When you allow someone you thought loved you, to bring down your confidence and self esteem, it will be the major blow that will bring you to your knees. The worst part about it all, is that it will leave you alone and wondering how you got there. Well enough about that, but I will say I survived thanks to family, some great friends and of course My GOD, who was there for me even through I turned my back on him because of that failed relationship. I am now a married man of one wife, and father to four wonderful children. That was a brief introduction, to let you know a little bit about me, the man, the husband, the father, the brother, the uncle, and the friend.
In 2007 during my healing period, I was invited to attend a poetry venue. At the time I had no idea that would change my life forever. I was challenged by my brother to write a poem and perform it the very next week or so, and he would do the same. Well we did it, and it started something in me that I don’t think I was quite ready for what GOD had in store. Writing poetry became my outlet, and it allowed me to vent in such creative ways. I was groomed, mentored, and befriended by a man by the name of Will Bell Jr. His instruction and guidance was the catalyst to my growth as a writer. He always gave advice and challenged me, he never wanted anyone that he mentored to sound like him, he wanted us all to find and cultivate our own voice. His catch phrase to us was always “Be Humble, Yet Explosive”, this reminded of my high school English teacher with the “Less is More” phrase.
I write to you all today because I have always had the desire to become a published author, and came close a few times, but then life happened. I heeded to the call of becoming a parent, and it has been such a wonderful experience, even with its highs and lows, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. With that being said, the demands of family will always be my priority, so of course I placed my dreams and aspirations on the back burner, just like any other responsible parent. However, I’ve come to realize that those days of delay did not mean denial. They were times for me to experience life and learn more about it and myself. I now find myself at a point in my life, where GOD has cultivated and stirred up in me my purpose. My purpose is to write, and my channel to the world is poetry and my life experience. However, as of lately I am constantly being placed in deep meaningful conversations with many of my fellow brothers. Sometimes I use to wonder what they see in me, to even value my opinion or advice. But I’ve come to realize that of course it is GOD leading them and its my responsibility to speak or write to them, through my life experienced lessons. I am always telling people there are many people in the world that know the Bible from beginning to end, yet lack the live experience of it. People are becoming intolerant to scriptures that they already know for themselves, people want to know when that scripture became “alive” in your life. I don’t want to lose your attention by being too preachy, but I just needed to be honest about the soil in which my roots are planted, and where my strength and courage resides. I am such a “thinker” and sometimes I feel like I can over think things, but I know the spirit is with me.
I have a passion to help restore the integrity of men. The roles of the male creation, no matter what you believe are under attack. The emasculation of the man is one of the single greatest threats to our society. Men are so consumed with what society defines as good man, that they lose the intended purpose of what it is to simply be a Man. I am asking for you to help support my purpose, my passion and my contribution to give back to our community. I am charged to write about not only men and the challenges we encounter, but also our triumphs and achievements. As I am now a husband and father, I feel compelled to speak to my other fellow fathers and husbands. The importance of us being in the right position as leaders of our households, even if you are not under the same roof as your children, is so vital to the health of our society and more importantly our homes. In conclusion, I’ll end with this quote of mines “Having thoughts of quitting is easy and quite superficial. Try challenging yourself and tap into your natural GOD given ability to adapt and succeed”.
I am asking that if you believe in me that you will help me to develop and share my gift to the world. This will be my first publication of the many books I have in me to come. I am already looking at a publishing company, but of course I must continue to do research, so that I will make a responsible decision with your gifts of support of whatever you can, any amount makes a difference because I know it’s out love. I am asking that even if you cannot give, that you will support me in fervent prayers. I will be providing updates to you all throughout the process. Thank you all for everything and GOD Bless!
Alve A. Campbell