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Author Lonnell Johnson shares his powerful testimony of overcoming incredible odds in Embracing Your Life Sentence: How to Turn Life’s Greatest Tragedies into Your Greatest Triumphs. When diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, Lonnell Johnson did not see “a death sentence.” Instead, he saw a “life sentence” that transformed his thinking. In his book, he shares his holistic strategy to overcome any adversity. Weaving original poetry and Scripture into his battle plan, Johnson shows how he emerged, as not just a survivor but more than a conqueror.

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Published Poet:
Sacred Jazz—Music, Mood, and Mind
Stone upon Stone: Psalms of Remembrance
Ears Near to the Lips of God
New poetry collections in the works
Red, White & a Taste of the Blues
e-books available along with audiobooks of the Poet reading his Jazz poetry with music      
Multi-media poetry recitals with graphics and background music


Coming June 7, 2020

Audiobook of 

Embracing Your Life Sentence: How to Turn Life’s Greatest Tragedies into Your Greatest Triumphs



Using the “Coach Approach” as a teaching model, Johnson offers workshops and seminars using keys from Embracing Your Life Sentence: How to Turn Life’s Greatest Tragedies into Your Greatest Triumphs. Based on his success with overcoming prostate cancer, he shares practical tips for overcoming any adversity, not as just a survivor but more than a conqueror.


With a Ph.D. in English and a minor in African American Studies, Johnson has been a keynote speaker at conferences and offered engaging presentations, such “Just What is the Blues?”, “My Name is Jupiter Hammon”, “Reflections and a Personal Encounter with the Harlem Renaissance,” and other topics in African American Literature.    

He has offered Black History Presentations which include original works as well as literary works by other notable authors of color. Presentations have been made at high schools in Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina. In addition, Johnson has presented programs at

Fayetteville State University

Liberty University

Shippensburg University

Otterbein University

National College—Columbus, OH


Motivational Speaker

Because of his personal testimony with prostate cancer, Johnson is uniquely qualified to address cancer survivor support groups as well as groups supporting alternative treatment methods for cancer. 


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