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'Matters of the Heart' talk show host releases first book By ARTHIA NIXON Atlanta, Georgia – Bahamian talk show host and university academic advisor Kirk Johnson has released his first book, “My Heart Matters: Making a Comeback After Love Breaks Your Heart.” The book debuts just as Mr Johnson revealed plans to relaunch his popular radio show, “Matters of the Heart”. Mr Johnson’s talk show was a hit in the Bahamas. During an episode he would moderate lively discussions on family, relationships, grief, personal growth, and other human interest topics. He then continued to  try and inspire through his social media platforms, as a relationship educator and persistence coach. Since moving to the United States a few years ago, Mr Johnson served in several academic roles while completing his graduate studies. He now resides in Atlanta where his US book tour begins. The self-help book takes his work in human development to a higher level as it recounts pivotal moments in the author’s life, including broken relationships, the tragic death of his younger brother, and his lifechanging self-discovery. “I thank God for the opportunity to speak on paper,” he said. “My book’s completion is just the beginning of another journey. I’ve learned and grown a lot while drafting it, and now I’m a published author.” Mr Johnson said he is excited to host a book signing in the Bahamas because it is where his story began. He expressed gratitude to his wife Charlene, his parents Chris and Edna, and his brothers for

Kirk Johnson holds up a copy of his first book. their invaluable encouragement and support. “ ‘Matters of the Heart’ was born out of a broken heart,” he explained. “When I think

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about the show and what inspired the book, I think back to how my mom and dad were in my corner when emotionally things were really difficult.

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They instilled principles that influenced my life greatly, even today. My folks are really important to me, and I thank God for them and to be able to say thank you,” he said. The first two copies of his book, he said, went to his wife. The Johnsons met when they were cast to play an engaged couple in the stay play “One Man’s Struggle”, directed by Radel Hanna Parks of Redemptive Productions. By the time they were cast in a second production, “The Other Woman”, he said they were in a committed relationship. “She’s that person I trust, who always believes in me and my potential and my ability to really and truly impact lives and inspire the world,” said Mr Johnson. “She’s extraordinary, and I love her. I believe in her. We’re building a family and a future but also the ability to positively influence the world.” Other than his family, he revealed

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that the late Dr Myles Munroe was another key figure in his life. Dr Munroe served as a pastor, mentor, and friend to Mr Johnson before his tragic plane crash in 2014, which also claimed the life of Radel Parks. “I think about Dr Munroe, and his legacy still lives,” he said. “He is certainly someone who has inspired and influenced my life greatly.” The book is currently available in paperback, hardcover, and eBook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Apple Store. An audio version of the book will soon be available and local retailers will also carry print copies. Read excerpts of the book on

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