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I am sitting her crying after reading about Ann Kiemel Anderson's death. I started reading her books in 1975. As a young teenager, I wanted to be Ann. She was a simple young woman, with a simple message that she shared everywhere she went. She, like me, was a Nazarene PK who simply wanted to share Jesus. I read every book she ever wrote. I went to see Ann in Augusta, GA in 1978. I started my own Ann Kiemel/Jesus crusade, knocking on doors of young people and inviting them to know Jesus. At the time, our youth group went from 35 to about 50 in only a few months. I wrote her a couple of times and I got back hand-written notes. I followed her journey as she shared her desire to be married as she candidly shared her desire for intimacy and longing to be loved completely and all the temptations that come with those God-given desires. I followed her as she found Mr. Right. I followed her as she struggled to have children with one miscarriage after another and the depression and addiction that followed. I followed her as her mother faced Alzhiemer's Disease and she lost her preacher-daddy. Somewhere along the way, I lost touch. Tonight I couldn't sleep and I decided to look her up. She died last month. I am so saddened by this. If there every was a young woman who made a difference, it was Ann. She had a world of disappointments and heartaches and the Christian world was often harsh and condemning. I pray that she found peace, however I know that she knows REAL PEACE as she is now safe in the arms of Jesus.
Ann, I loved you. You were the first young woman that I desired to emulate. Thank you for making a difference in my life.
Her books can be found on Amazon. My favorite is I'm Out to Change My World. Others include Hi! I'm Ann, Stronger, I Love the Word Impossible (my other favorite), First Love (about her father's death and her struggle with addiction). There's another one about her infertility and miscarriages. I can't think of the name of that one.