MEET YANNIK MCKIE

Author, Purpose Coach, Speaker, and Executive Director of Living In Purpose

Overcoming adversity and turning obstacles into stepping stones is the expertise of author, speaker, and purpose coach, Yannik McKie.


At age 11 Yannik suffered the heartbreak of his parents’ divorce and learned that both Mom and Dad were HIV positive. By the age of 15 Yannik lost both of his parents to the deadly AIDS disease. Overcoming such adversity has helped Yannik earn his reputation as an expert on how to overcome life’s toughest challenges. Yannik’s amazing life story has been featured on numerous media outlets including ESPN, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Good Day Atlanta, and many more.

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THE LIVING IN PURPOSE DOCUMENTARY

The depth of your pain, won't compare to the glory of your purpose. This documentary is titled after Yannik McKie’s autobiography and tells the story of a young boy who was raised in an upper-middle class family. His father was a high-ranking executive for Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA and his mother was a devoted stay-at-home mom. At the age of 11, Yannik learns both his parents are H.I.V. positive & at the age of 15, Yannik became one of the first children in the U.S. to lose both of his parents to AIDS.


This tragic and painful turn in Yannik's young life pushes him out of innocence & into a life of dangerous criminal activity, drugs & depression. Amazingly, through it all, Yannik discovered that inside pain was a gift of purpose! With this different perspective of pain, Yannik overcame his challenges & as a result began changing the lives of hurting children around the world & sharing the message of enduring suffering in order to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ!

THE LIVING IN PURPOSE PAPERBACK BOOK

This is McKie’s riveting journey through happiness and depression, health and disease, life and death, freedom and bondage, and hopelessness and faith. This memoir is not just McKie’s tribute to his birth parents and adoptive parents, but a tribute to everyone that has and will overcome life’s greatest disappointments. This is a moving, up-lifting story of adversity creating purpose.


PAIN CAN DEVELOP OR DESTROY...There are certain circumstances, we all go through, that make us doubt God's existence. Situations that make us ask, how could a loving God allow us to live in such a hateful world?


I had these doubts and questions when I lost both of my parents to AIDS before turning 16. Imagine being 11 years old and finding out that both your parents will be dead in a few years. This pain almost destroyed me but the same God I doubted used the pain to develop me! I hope my story serves to remind you that despite what you see in your life remember what god has says... He loves you and will never leave or forsake you! He WILL turn your pain into your platform & your problems into prosperity!

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