Dawn Owens, founder and executive director of The Link of Cullman County will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 and 11 a.m., in the Bailey Center Auditorium at Wallace State Community College to talk about approval addiction. She will sign copies of her book “Like Me or Not” after each session.

Dawn Owens, founder and executive director of The Link of Cullman County will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 and 11 a.m., in the Bailey Center Auditorium at Wallace State Community College to talk about approval addiction. She will sign copies of her book “Like Me or Not” after each session.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Dawn Owens, founder and executive director of The Link of Cullman County will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 and 11 a.m., in the Bailey Center Auditorium at Wallace State Community College to talk about approval addiction.

Owens is the author of “Like Me or Not,” a faith-based book that addresses the difference between being someone other people like and being defined by what others think. “When our people pleasing becomes an addiction, it’s time to take a closer look at who we are trying to please and why,” Owens writes on her blog, dawnmowens.com.

In “Like Me or Not” Owens shares her own story of recovery and offers strategies to help people overcome approval addiction by providing tools to “navigate insecurity, rejection and the comparison trap.”

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Owens moved to Cullman in 2010 with her husband, Chris, and son, Sawyer. She received bachelor and master degrees from Kutztown University and her seminary training at Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

After moving to Cullman, Owens saw a need for an organization that could help people discover their God-given purpose, and The Link of Cullman County was formed.

“I have a strong belief that we live out of who we think we are and because most of us, myself included, don’t have a full understanding of who we were created to be,” reads Owens’ bio. “Because of that, we live out what we have been told about ourselves, rather than who God says we are.”

Owens’ presentation is sponsored by the Wallace State Diversity Committee and is open to the public. She will be selling and signing copies of her book after each session. Owens contributes the proceeds from book sales to support breaking the cycle of poverty through The Link of Cullman County.