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Lewis' newest book asks 'How Can I Offend You Today?'

The Jackson Sun (TN) logoThe Jackson Sun (TN) 10/20/2020 Brandon Shields, Jackson Sun
a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: The cover of Susannah Lewis' book, "How May I Offend You Today?" © Submitted The cover of Susannah Lewis' book, "How May I Offend You Today?"

Susannah Lewis’ sixth book – second nonfiction – is out this week, and it’s one she began working on two years ago, planned to release earlier this year but could be out at the most fitting time.

“How May I Offend You Today? Rants and Revelations from a Not-So-Proper Southern Lady” is available at wherever books are sold and on Amazon.com for online purchase.

“I began writing it in 2018 and finished in early 2019,” said Lewis, who is originally from Haywood County but lives in Gibson County now. “It wasn’t written with the influence of everything going on right now, but it can be applied.”

Lewis' previous books have made it to the USA Today Best Sellers list, and she's appeared on various national television shows with her Whoa Susannah! page on Facebook and humorous videos about life as a mom in the South.

The book was originally supposed to be released in August before it was delayed, and it was originally going to be moved back to early 2021. But Lewis said she and the people at Thomas Nelson Publishers finally decided on this week.

“We compromised, and I wrote a disclaimer to the reader at the beginning of the book to poke some fun and to let the reader know that nothing going on right now with the election or the pandemic had anything to do with this book being written,” Lewis said. “Because with everything going on and so many people being angry at other people based on what they see in the comments section, this book comes out at the perfect time.”

While it’s a humorous book with anecdotes related to being on social media and dealing with people who are easily offended, Lewis said it’s primarily a book about staying true to your faith in the middle of everything going on.

“It’s a faith-based book that talks about standing firm in your beliefs even though your beliefs may not be popular,” Lewis said. “It’s about standing firm on the Word of God and sticking with it.

“Politics is where people tend to get most offended, especially in today’s cancel culture when they get mad and have no interest in hearing what you have to say. But today is a time when we need to be strong enough to have a backbone when our opinion isn’t the popular one.”

Lewis said it’s not also about sticking to your beliefs, but also having disagreements without losing friends or immediately making enemies.

“No matter what you’re trying to do or what your occupation is, you can’t please everyone all the time, and we all have the right to express our views on politics or whatever we want to discuss on social media,” Lewis said. “And people will be quick to let others know when their opinions are offensive to them.

“But just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. We can be different with an open mind, and we don’t have to berate or belittle someone with a different opinion and fire off a 12-paragraph response every time we see something we don’t agree with. That’s what this book is about and hopefully it will encourage those who read it and make them laugh in the process.”

Reach Brandon Shields at bjshields@jacksonsun.com or at 731-425-9751. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at editorbrandon.

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