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Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"


HIDING IN PRIVATE PLACES, An Autobiography by Annette Johnson


"My memoir is a blatantly honest story of survival. I have suffered and survived cancer, drug addiction, homelessness, mental and physical abuse, and spiritual alienation. My life spiraled out of control for decades until I finally accepted God's will and turned my life over to Him." ~ Annette Johnson

HIDING IN PRIVATE PLACES is a 65,000-word memoir describing my painful but triumphant journey of recovery from breast and liver cancer, drug addiction, and severe abuse. I am Annette Johnson and my story begins in the small town of Joliet, Illinois, where I was raised in a fundamentalist Pentecostal family. I was married. I then rebelled from my family and the conservative traditions of the church. When I was just 20 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. Then, hoping to find freedom and a life of my own, I left my husband and ran away to Chicago where I ended up living on the streets for three years. While homeless I sank into the depths of alcoholism, drug addiction, physical abuse and despair. In later years I was violently raped and mentally tortured by my second husband until he abandoned me and my baby daughter.

Though I continued to struggle for years with cancer and my own personal demons, I ultimately handed my life over to God and watched in awe as He washed away my pain and healed my recurring cancer. My story describes the many lessons I have learned by coming out of hiding and putting my life in God's hands.


  • He delivered her from drug and alcohol addictions.
  • He rescued her from abusive relationships.
  • He healed her from cancer.
  • He freed her from her own personal demons of shame, self-doubt, and heartbreak.
  • He brought laughter and joy to a life once consumed by pain.
  • "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" - Jeremiah 32:27
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