Author’s Corner: Hoover pens guide for Type A Christians

Holly Viers • Dec 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

If you’re a Christian with a Type A personality, local author Autumn Hoover has just the book for you.

Hoover recently self-published her first Christian book, “Type A Christian: Transforming Personality Traits into Fruitful Growth.” In the book, Hoover shares personal stories and challenges readers to embrace their unique traits and talents during their personal faith journeys.

What is your background?

Hoover said she is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee and graduated from Volunteer High School, Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University. She has been a nurse for 17 years and works as a nurse practitioner in Kingsport.

What inspired you to write the book?

Hoover said the idea for “Type A Christian” came shortly after she gave birth to her daughter nearly 10 years ago.

“My husband and I suffered with unexplained infertility for nearly three years, and just after our daughter, Reese, was born, she was diagnosed with hearing loss, which as a nurse and Type A person, I felt totally out of control in first dealing with infertility and then learning that our daughter may have a lifelong impairment,” Hoover said. “I thought about writing a blog to help other Type A mothers dealing with similar situations until one night I woke up and the term ‘Type A Christian’ was in my head.”

That phrase eventually became the title and the focus for her new book, which was released earlier this year. Once her book launched on Amazon, it ranked first in two categories and was among the top three in new releases, Hoover said.

Describe your new book

In the book, Hoover contrasts successful Type A traits with the nine attributes of the fruit of the Spirit as mentioned in the book of Galatians. She defines a Type A Christian as “someone who has learned how to use their positive personality traits and has overcome negative behaviors in order to fulfill their role as a follower of Christ.”

While the book does discuss the benefits of having a Type A personality, Hoover also includes a chapter on the health risks for those who exhibit strict Type A characteristics.

Where can it be purchased?

The book is now available on Amazon in e-book, paperback and audiobook versions. The audiobook may also be found on iTunes and Audible.

What do you hope readers will get from the book?

“The overall objective for this book is to employ self-examination of one’s personality and to determine if one’s behaviors coincide with the fruit of the Spirit,” Hoover said. “Learning which traits to grow and which to prune is essential in learning how to utilize our invaluable personality traits to further God’s kingdom. By improving our strengths as Type A Christians, not only will we improve relationships with others around us, but also in our relationship with God.”

What’s next?

Hoover already has ideas for a possible series of “Type A Christian” books, one of which is already in the works.

“I have already begun working on the second follow-up book, ‘Type A Christian: Restoring Our Fruit,’ ” Hoover said. “My second book will list three obstacles in displaying each attribute of the fruit in someone who is Type A. I will also discuss three ways in overcoming those barriers to live a better Christian walk for God and to promote love amongst others.”