Carolyn L. Austin was born and raised in Miami, FL. In 2014, she recognized “the call” and began writing Prayer Share as a daily devotional to aid friends’ healing. Life’s trials and tribulations led to Carolyn's debut book, Prayers of My Mother: Volume I, which has her fans anxiously awaiting Volume II. Her faith and positive attitude reaffirm readers’ relationship with God as she provides encouragement and guidance through significant life-changing moments.
Carolyn, a retired law enforcement officer, is a real estate broker associate, certified internal auditor, and business education instructor. She has one daughter, Caroiya and two grandsons, DeAndre and Elijah. Caroiya is also a writer.
Prayers of My Mother: Volume I is a book filled with powerful Scriptures, relatable and poignant anecdotes, and edifying prayers. Readers comment that it gives them present-day application for the Scriptures. Prayers of My Mother is designed to encourage anyone struggling with life events to have faith and believe in the power of prayer. It was written for everyone, despite their religion or beliefs, and introduces Scriptures to those unfamiliar with the Bible. Prayers of My Mother also depicts how the same flaws, mistakes, and regrets that we experience today were also experienced by people during Biblical times; and that the same parallel choices, rewards, and consequences still apply.
Many of the daily devotionals shared within the pages of Prayers of my Mother unveiled Carolyn's real life anecdotes which were deeply hidden in her past and most times forgotten. The more she shared her journey with others, the more anecdotes she recalled. She has shared her trials and tribulations to encourage, console and heal, and hopefully bring peace and reconciliation to many. It is her utmost desire that Prayers of my Mother inspires many to seek a relationship with God, with the understanding that most times it is because of our trials and tribulations that we can hear Him, but we must learn Listening With A Different Ear.
Don’t Eat Your Vomit! is the precursor to Prayers of My Mother. As I began writing this book, I saw how my journey lead directly to Prayers of My Mother. My path began with my mother, who was a prayer warrior. It was her prayers and healing ministry that catapulted me on this journey. But it was my trials and tribulations in the 80’s and 90’s that clarified my journey. During the ’80s, I entered adulthood. I went to college and earned an associate degree. I landed my first job, married my high school sweetheart, gave birth to my one and only child, and divorced – all in four years. Before I divorced, I talked with my mother and expressed my disappointment regarding the state of my marriage, even changing my mind. She told me, “You know, you don’t eat your vomit.” Although I understood, it was not until years later that I recognized my vomit alluded to so much more; certain people, unhealthy relationships, and patterns of destructive behaviors.
In 2013, I began asking for prayer regarding a work situation that consumed my soul. I needed intercessory prayer and I asked my daughter to tell my nieces and nephews to pray for me. My work environment was taking a toll on me, and it felt like I would need to sell my soul to adapt and survive in it. I knew that God was bigger than my situation and I was reminded of my mother’s words,
“These are just things.”
In 2014, one of my childhood friends was experiencing the effects of an ugly divorce. In the past, she had sought prayer from my mother and expressed to me how she wished that my mother was still able to pray for and with her. I responded that because my mother was unable to pray for and with her anymore, that I would. My mother had previously been a devout prayer warrior, praying for those who requested prayer, as well as those whom the Spirit led her to pray for until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010. My friend’s distress led me to begin sending daily prayers to her via text messages.
What began as prayer for one person transitioned into prayer for many. I then realized that a calling had been placed on my life and it was my turn to become a prayer warrior.
Text messages evolved into daily Prayer Share emails, and I received requests from people to be added to the distribution list. As my Prayer Share audience grew, the distribution list grew, I began receiving testimonials about the positive impact the prayers had on their lives. Some of their testimonials and the related prayers are included in Prayers of My Mother. The prayers were fueled by real life experiences caused by pain and suffering, deception, betrayal, and heartbreak.
Prayers of My Mother also includes my personal experiences not previously shared. I do not proclaim to be an expert in prayer, only to have helped others through prayer. My credibility comes from my living testimony and my willingness to allow God to work through me.
My mother is the inspiration behind Prayers of My Mother and Don't Eat Your Vomit! I was chosen to fulfill her legacy. Prayers of My Mother answers many of my mother’s prayers for her children to have a relationship with God. It gives readers tiny pieces of faith to help them believe that He is there for us.
All we need is faith.