“Who I’ve Become is NOT Who I AM” by Sonya Visor

Take Off the Mask Blog Tour
Who I’ve Become is NOT who I AM, is Sonya Visor’s first non-fiction book. Her passion is to minister to the people who hide behind masks. Sonya’s calling is to break and destroy the yokes of bondage, releasing the power of God into the lives of others by the preached Word and prayers of deliverance. When you can find the strength, to step into who you truly are; you can find the strength to BE THE (Tru U). TruU Ministries is the women’s ministry that God has charged her with to help other’s become free.
Sonya shares her heart with her husband, Pastor Tony Visor, who she calls her better half, for nineteen years. She and her husband have ministered effectively in the city of Racine together at NCC since 1999. Sonya is blessed to love two sons, Jason and Tony, Jr. Visit her online at sonyavisor.com.

About the Book
Who are you when nobody’s looking? It’s time to take off what hides who you truly are…the mask! Are you tired of going around family, friends and church folk with a frozen smile and a broken heart? Unmask your true identity and learn your real name as pastor’s wife and playwright Sonya Visor cuts to the heart with dynamic testimony of sexual molestation at a young age.
BEING SILENT GAVE POWER to the hands that touched her life. Can hands meant to protect you also have the power to crush your identity? YES! But when we stop allowing a mask of shame to hold us captive with CLOSED mouths, WE CAN let Jesus be real in our lives.
Discover who you have become and embrace who you really are in a book that goes past the pews and what other’s think about you — to bring glory to God by being transparent and transformed. It’s time to take off your mask and let the true you show up!

Book Review by Linda Fegins
Initially I was not enthused about having to read this book. However, Sonya Visor’s passion for helping hurting women and men to be healed, delivered and freed from captivity by taking off the mask shines through and demonstrates the glorious healing power of Jesus. The book is more than a story about having suffered the trauma of sexual abuse, remaining silent and hiding one’s pain and true self by putting on a mask to hide secrets. It’s about overcoming the silence of shame and gaining freedom from the societal and self-imposed yokes of bondages that cause one to put on a mask to hide the wounds and shame, to pretend that all is well. Paul Laurence Dunbar said
“We were the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes:”

Sonya gives real life practical examples of the different masks many wear for many reasons. Her descriptions such as Ms. Gucci, Mr. Do Good , the Bethany’s and others will make you laugh and say “ I know about that one” or identify with the pain of cover up and silence. She encourages one to take off the mask and to be transparent so that Jesus can heal you internally. The book is lined with practical and spiritual pointers of how to take off the mask, how to remain free and daring to be true to yourself. The book will encourage readers to seek true freedom by discovering their true identity in Jesus and unmask the true you.

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Sonya challenges you to take of f the mask, to be transparent, transformed and let the true you shine through.

A Message from Sonya

View the blog tour schedule and read an excerpt at http://bit.ly/TakeOffTheMask



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11 responses to ““Who I’ve Become is NOT Who I AM” by Sonya Visor

  1. OMGoodness Linda! What a nice review, especially from someone who didn’t want to read the book…LOL! I get it, I understand completely. I know the reader initially thinks its “just” a testimonial book. I am glad you enjoyed it. But, uh so… does this mean I at least get a 4 because the book made you laugh? LOL!

    Thank you for allowing Take Off The Mask to stop by today. I too, was pleasantly surprised.

    Ty, you are great at what you do girl! 🙂

    • Faygo

      Yes. I can see tMs Gucci, Mr. Do Good , little Caleb an d all of them as characters for a evangelistic /ministry play and as a teaching tool. I love the arts, am a actress at heart . Hope you found interesting the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem I inserted into the review. It reflects how we smile and cover up. I thought about it as I was reading an d it may be useful to you.

  2. Linda, I do like that poem. Thank you!

  3. Cheryl

    I love the book Sonya Visor. I am sooo thankful that you were this transparent so others can know how to deal with this type of tragedy.

    I am also happy that you are teaching us how not to be sooo fake in our lives. and how to be the TruU. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mrs. Visor.

    P.S. can’t wait for that fiction novel!

  4. Starr

    I think one of the best things about this book is that you get to read about the “Ms. Gucci’s” and “Little Caleb’s”. That is powerful to me because you pulled out the inner workings of these people, and in that, (if you were on of them) were able to see yourself. One thing for sure is a lot of people don’t when or if they are masking, with this book, you will now. Keep ’em coming. I love your writings- the best part is NO TYPOS!!! (That drives me crazy!!!)

    • Starr, This project is far from perfect…but thanks!

      I love what you said about the “not knowing”. I simply believe that it’s learned behaviour.

      It’s time to be free.

      • Starr

        I believe its time to be free too. Wearing masks can become tiring. Seriously. Sometimes you just want to be real, and be done with it. And yes it is learned behavior. We teach our kids young certain things: “Fix your face when we go in here”. That alone is showing them the art of masking-young!! We just have to be careful.

  5. Ty

    I’m glad “Who I’ve Become Is Not Who I AM” was a real eye-opening read for you. Definitely tell others about Sonya’s book.

    Thank you so much for hosting the “Take Off the Mask” blog tour today.

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