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Facing Fifty – A simple and sassy look at facing fifty, with faith and laughter and the finesse of a hand grenade. A glimpse at life lessons learned, paths yet to travel and snarky humor to meet you where you are, no matter your walk in life. Discover your story as Annisa shares her life, her heart, and her health struggles with as much proficiency as folding a fitted sheet. Explore a life that’s messy, untucked and tangled up and bring light to your own grit and grace.

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Join Annisa in her follow up book to Faith, Fat and Other F-Words, a journey of reflection as she bulldozes her way into the next chapter of her life. Her not-so-subtle candor and real life affirmations will have you laughing, crying and discovering yourself in the pages of Facing Fifty.

“You’ve heard of Chicken Soup For the Soul? Well, this is more like Habanero Chili For Your Spirit!”


Faith, Fat and Other F-Words – A transparent and raw glimpse into a lifetime of laughter and pain, joy and loss, and an unshakable faith. A real life affirmation of the love of God from a woman who swears too much, laughs until she snorts, cries easily and wears her heart on her sleeve. Sometimes inappropriate and incredibly juvenile for a woman her age, but always demonstrating her love of God, friends and a work in process in loving herself. A snapshot of a woman with a past, scars and tattoos to mark her journey through life, and a story that is not uniquely her own. It is also your story…


In this intimate book, Swanson takes readers on a journey through some of her life’s darkest moments, offering a candid look at the tragedies and triumphs that shaped her core values and spiritual convictions.

The daughter of a respected local politician, the writer bears all as she recounts the painful trials of a childhood that, to many at the time, appeared nothing less than picture-perfect.

With her quick wit and patented no-nonsense attitude, Swanson describes how she turned these deep wounds into proud battle scars. By accepting her troubled past, she accepts herself for who she is — a tattooed 40-something with pink hair who swears too much, talks too loud and wears her heart on her sleeve.

“Many of these experiences aren’t totally unique to me, and I know other people have suffered much worse. Ultimately, I want somebody to pick up the book and say, ‘Me too, I know I’m going to be OK.’”

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