Story Behind the Book

In 2004, I felt a stirring in my heart.  I was driving home and as clear as it could be, I heard a still, small voice say to me “You are to launch a project and it will be called “Your A.M. Wake Up Call!” I was literally chilled and in a state of awesome wonder!  I asked myself, ‘What could this possibly mean?’ 

Angela Jo Manieri, Author

At that time, I was running my own gift company, Dreambox Gifts, with my dear friend and business partner, Mikki.  She and I had always dreamed of being in business together, so we launched this inspirational company.  Since my name begins with the letter “A” and hers “M” I thought that it could possibly mean we are supposed to launch another division of our business titled “Your A.M. Wake Up Call”.   We put all our time, effort and money into the business, so undertaking another venture was not going to happen at that time. 

Angela Jo Manieri and Paul

Fast forward to 2009! It’s amazing how those stirrings in our heart seem so strong that we want to follow them right away. We need to let those feelings simmer for a little bit while (waiting) on the Lord for future direction.  Well, that year I was introduced to a man named Paul, who one year later, became my husband.  He is a true reflection of my innermost soul and a consistent source of encouragement.  Ironically, his last name, the name I took when I became his wife, begins with the letter “M”. I now understood the A.M., my new initials, to be part of this project!  Or, so I thought!

It was not until the beginning of 2012, when I was listening to a CD by Joyce Meyer about Jesus being our Healer that something came over me!   She was referencing the following verse in the bible from Exodus 3:13-14.  It is written, “And Moses said to God, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you’, and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “You shall say this to the Israelites: ‘ I Am’ has sent me to you.”

That’s when it hit me!  This isn’t Your A.M. Wake Up Call.  It’s Your “I AM” Wake Up Call.  It was at that moment that I realized this was not about me.  It’s about God’s work through me.  It’s the awareness that within each and every one of us, God lives.  He is the Great I AM, all-knowing, ever present, omnipotent!  His character is defined in His name.  His power is unlimited and immeasurable.  He wants to live in us!  His Spirit is like a seed, which has been planted in us and is just waiting to grow.  It is our privilege in life to water that seed so we can bear fruit for others to benefit from.  When we set our minds on Him, we have His truth, freedom, love, peace and joy.

This is the Holy Spirit.  The Great I AM guides us into truth as we allow His Spirit to lead us.  His Grace & favor are made manifest in and through us.  His Light & Love are revealed.  God’s intention is for us to tap into the Spirit within.  It’s that inner voice that He has placed within each of us.  His gift is that of GRACE and we need to take the time to listen. Make time “To be still and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10).  Fully embrace all that He is and allow Him to echo within us and through us.

As I began to write and truly experience the book’s unfolding , I knew in my heart that I also wanted to share my passion for photography to add to the words of inspiration.  I have dreamed for years that I could find the perfect venue to share this duality to inspire others.  Then, I began to imagine how many new pictures I would have to take and the time that would be involved finding the ones I already had to match to the specific I AM statements.  Well, in His perfect design, I realized I already had all the pictures in my library that were needed to create this book.

The dream unfolded on the pages as I began to write!

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Story Behind the Book

In 2004, I felt a stirring in my heart. I was driving home and as clear as it could be, I heard a still, small voice say to me “You are to launch a project and it will be called “Your A.M. Wake Up Call!” I was literally chilled and in a state of awesome wonder! I asked myself, ‘What could...see more


"This book is a very heart-warming and inspirational daily reminder of God's manifestation in each of us. Angela Jo creatively combined her passion for writing and photography while allowing God's light and love to work in and through her. Your "I Am" Wake Up Call is not only a wonderful book but a movement towards connecting to the Divine Spirit within ourselves and others."

Rita Davenport

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