How my life changed from simply a book Angelena Chronis Angelena Rose Chronis was born in Macomb, Michigan, and lived in Miami, Florida the past four years where she was introduced and converted to Islam. She has a presence that will make you feel immediate comfort and can make you smile in the darkest of situations. Angelena has a deep passion for writing and is known for her gift of captivating readers with her insightful reflections and poetic writing. She is willing to step out of her comfort zone and patiently overcome any challenges that come her way. She intends on becoming a published author, so she can reveal her story with the aspiration to make a difference in the world.
Growing up, I was raised with no rules and regulations, yet I thought I was
living a normal lifestyle. Sex, alcohol, and drugs all seemed normal while I
was growing up since in middle school all my friends were doing it. When I
was in high school, my parents divorced; I was never lectured, nor was I ever punished for any wrongdoing that was performed because they wouldn’t
even notice. Apart from my home where I wasn’t noticed, I spent my daily
life being the center of attention. When I walked into a room, everyone knew who I was, and if they didn’t, within five minutes they would know me and
would remember me after that day. I wore normal clothes, yet it was as if I
was naked because of how tight they were around my body. No matter who
I wanted, I got them. If there was a place I wanted to work, I was hired immediately. If there were no positions open, they would create a position for me
specifically, and I would be working within a week. If I wanted jewelry, bags, or clothes, they were bought for me. If I needed money, it was given to me. Life was easy because I used my power as a woman to control men, and I was able to attain whatever I wanted.
There was something essential missing from my life that made me feel lost, and nothing fulfilled me. The pain I felt from my parents and by being hurt
and lied to many times before by individuals led me to build a barrier wthere
I didn’t have close relationships. I developed what felt like a cement covering
that overlapped my heart. The only things that mattered were material items, wealth, and status in my eyes because human beings just brought me pain.
No matter how much money I had in the bank, how much jewelry and clothes and bags I owned, the private planes and vacations I took, it didn’t matter
because there was such an emptiness inside me. I would soon find out that a book could lead me on a journey that would significantly change my life.
February 15, 2016, when I was twenty-three years old, my life changed. I didn’t know much about Islam. The only things that came to my mind were 9/11, suppressed women, and terrorists. A Muslim woman invit-
ed me to a lecture that was being held that night by Yasmin Mohaged.
Yasmin is an Egyptian Muslim woman and a psychologist who wrote a
book called How To Reclaim Your Heart .That night I attended her lecture and listened closely as she explained her book and how it was a manual on how to empower the heart by freeing it from the slavery of pain. It is
a book that provides people a new prospective on love, loss, happiness,
and pain. She explained that pain is a protective measure that God gives us to tell oneself that a change is needed to be made. If someone feels
pain, rather than try to numb it themselves, they need to figure out what
it is telling them, what needs to change, and just then they will find what is wrong. Allah (God) never changes the condition of a person until they 28 >
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