While many people were discouraged from the lasting effects of the pandemic, former Motown artist (Prophet Jones) turned author Clarence KD McNair encourages people to see the blessings in uncertain times. In his new book “Blessings in Uncertain Times,” the daughter of renowned pastor TD Jakes, Cora Jakes Coleman, wrote the foreword stating “this book is a sounding alarm for uncertain times now and uncertain times to come.”
In his new book, “Blessings In Uncertain Times” (GOD Is Always Present), released December 19th, McNair reassures us to believe it’s worth practicing daily gratitude in order to give us a deeper connection to ourselves, the world around us, and to our Creator. During a worldwide pandemic, unemployment is on the
rise, mental health is out-of-control and many are worried about how they will feed their families or keep a
roof over their heads. “It’s easy to wonder if God has been and is present in times of uncertainty,” McNair
states. “Sometimes it can be hard to trust Him during tough times, but we must remember we belong to Him.
God is ready to turn our darkest days around for good; ready to show up and show out in the midst of
tribulations.” Daughter of world renowned pastor TD Jakes, Cora Jakes Coleman wrote the Foreword for McNair’s new book, “Blessings In Uncertain Times”. Cora states, “I believe this book is a sounding alarm for uncertain times now and uncertain times to come. This book gives you what you need, not just to draw closer to your faith, but to draw closer to the power that works on the inside of you. This book, if you truly let it minister to you, will unlock uncertain blessings.” McNair is a Baltimore, Maryland native-born in the inner city. McNair was conditioned at an early age to fight for survival. He faced many common disadvantages, with an environment surrounded by emotional disorders, financial hardships, extreme crimes, drug addiction, and fatherless children. The mission of releasing this book is to encourage people to shift their focus from the negative to appreciating what is positive in their lives. “God would never allow a pandemic, a hardship, and even a person holds us back from His blessings,” McNair
states. “Remember, there is purpose in your pain. Your difficulties will be used for good and bring freedom to
others- just call on Him.”
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Clarence KD McNair.
Tammy Reese: Congratulations on becoming a best-selling author! Please tell us about your book “Blessings in Uncertain Times”?
Clarence KD McNair: “Blessings In Uncertain Times: GOD Is Always Present” released on December 19, 2020, to reassure the worth of practicing daily gratitude. During this worldwide pandemic, unemployment is on the rise, mental health is out-of-control and many are worried about how they will feed their families or keep a roof over their heads. It’s easy to wonder if God has been and is present in times of uncertainty.
Sometimes it can be hard to trust Him during tough times, but we must remember we belong to Him. God is ready to turn our darkest days around for good; ready to show up and show out in the midst of tribulations. This book is a spiritual guide to teach people how to gain and maintain a deeper connection to themselves, the world around them, and to The Creator.
Tammy Reese: I understand that Cora Jakes Coleman (Bishop TD Jakes daughter) wrote the foreword in your book. How did that come about?
Clarence KD McNair: It was a supernatural process. I had prayed for God to reveal to me the best person He knew would compliment the message of the book. When Cora came to mind, my team reached out to her team to get the foreword done. However, they replied that she was too busy.
I remember just being still and waiting for God to give me further instructions. A day later, Cora herself contacted me and told me that after she read it, the Holy Spirit told her to be a part of this book. It wasn’t until our release date that I revealed to her just how deep this book and our collaboration was.
It was the year 2007, and I was going through a light depression. I was looking for help and was going through a space of embarrassment because I didn’t have the things I once had. It was a time in my life when I was truly sick and worried. I went to a psychologist, nothing seemed to help.
I then turned to YouTube and typed what came to mind, “help with worry.” This pastor named TD jakes , who I had never heard of popped up in the search bar. The first thing I recall him saying in the beginning of the video was “it is with the mind that we serve the Lord.” It was that message that saved me from having a nervous breakdown.
To this day, his words are what carried me through during a time I was not mentally in the best shape. Now here we are and she is writing the foreword.
Tammy Reese: What was your experience like as a Motown artist?
Clarence KD McNair: To be honest, it was exciting because it allowed me to do something that was once a dream. However, it was frustrating because I was in a group, which meant I had no control of the decisions made for myself.
Everyone had their own opinion on everything that took place, and could not collectively decide on the best decisions for us as a whole.
Yet, I was happy that my mother’s investments into my career as a young man pay off. It was moment that I knew she was happy it worked and see everyone be so proud of me. It felt like it was my chance to give my family hope and make it out of Baltimore.
Tammy Reese: What are some other memorable moments in your career so far?
Clarence KD McNair: I have several: going to Japan and performing to for the United States troops in 2003; seeing myself on television for the first time with Master P and Christina Milian on Soul Train, which was a show we watched growing up and myself on the screen was a big deal.
Lastly, when I got an honorary award from the City of Balitmore presented by former 51st Mayor Jack Young.
Tammy Reese: How has the pandemic shaped your day to day life?
Clarence KD McNair: I’ve gotten this far by practicing gratitude. The pandemic was definitely challenging, but it didn’t affect me as hard because I worked on being grateful no matter what I had or didn’t had.
Spirtutally, I always relied on God and believed that everything would be alright even if I don’t agree with the outcome.
2020 gave me confirmation that no matter what’s going on in the world, God won’t allowed anything to stop the love he has for us,.
Tammy Reese: What in life brings you the most joy?
Clarence KD McNair: Outside of my relationship with God, my children.
Tammy Reese: When you think of empowerment what comes to mind?
Clarence KD McNair: Others; that’s when you’re operating in a selfless space. When you are empowering others, you are giving people the tools they need to be empowered.
Tammy Reese: What are you currently working on?
Clarence KD McNair: I’m strictly focused on my book because we are living in uncertain times. I feel the more people get this book, the more we will be able to help this world. My primary focus is to spread the message my book talks about.
Tammy Reese: What else can we be on the lookout for from you?
Clarence KD McNair: I have an audible version of the book coming soon, and I may be dropping some music soon to motivate and inspire people. By the way, this is the first platform to hear me say this.
Tammy Reese: What advice would you have for anyone who may be discouraged during these unprecedented times?
Clarence KD McNair: I would say to give it one more try because it’s worth it. We go through storms not just for ourselves, it’s for us to become an umbrella for someone else in their story.
Also, the thoughts of suicide rates increasing. Let’s make sure we check on our elderly people and the youth because of the extreme anxiety inflicted upon our communities.
Blessings in Uncertain Times: God Is Always Present Book is available now on Amazon.Com.
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.