My book has received a title thanks to fabulous people at Smyth and Helwys Publishing and their knowledge of copyright and trademark law. But I feel this title requires some explanation so here it goes:
Nina Simone was a prolific artist during her lifetime, especially during the Civil Rights movement. Though I have no context or clue as to what it was like to be a black woman in the era of Jim Crow I do know a little of what it’s like to be like Nina and suffer from bipolar disorder. I know what it’s like to be lonely on the road of mental illness with very little to turn to except the depths of one’s own soul… I know what it’s like to yearn to be free from the mental illness that binds me. I wish I knew how it would feel to be free.
That’s the title of my book: “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free.” And in the effort of honoring Ms. Simone I’m dedicating the book to her, John Osborne Lee II, and all those who live(d) on the fringes of this world. I’ve been there and it is no fun. But ultimately this book is also a tribute to the freedom we can find in Christ and through Christ’s gift of mental healthcare. Won’t you join me on this journey of freedom, of light, and of hope. I hope I make you proud Ms. Simone, I hope I make all the sung and unsung heroes of mental illness proud on this journey toward wholeness and completion.