Roots are usually kept underground, out of sight, out of mind, like the necessities of the Underground Railroad kind. Black folks have been digging deep down in those roots for years. They have been pulling up from the roots in their hair to the cotton fields, to what they now have to bring joy and resilience from the difficult struggles in life. Let Katina take you on a poetic journey of revelation as she digs deep down into her own personal roots. Black women are encouraged to reclaim their identity of blackness, embrace their uniqueness of culture, experiences, hair, and skin color, release their emotions, and celebrate their resilience as a people. In order words, dig deep down into the roots of all those things that they have felt they needed to suppress and be ashamed of for years.

On the South Side of Chicago, Tina, a young black girl confined to the impoverished reality of the projects, seeks to find more than her circumstance has allowed. Her parents, demanding more for their futures, decide that the climb out is far greater than settling where they remain. Change has no respect to the boundaries and comforts of man. Trauma and emotional turmoil begin to fill the holes in her life as the essence of her being. Tina soon learns that there is no such thing as picture perfect when trying to piece her life back together from a fall out between two individuals. Through her journey, she begins to see that talking through her stories is the only path that leads to walking through her healing.

Everyday when we wake up, we are given a choice of how we will choose to live our lives. If we were to sit down and listen to most people describe the lives that they are living here on earth, they would say that they are “living their best lives”. Unfortunately, their unconscious, unhealthy relationship patterns show differently. In Katina’s first book, “The Journey”, she goes into detail of how she walked through her own personal healing journey of emotional abuse, trauma, abandonment, and divorce, in order to rebuild her life. In this book, Katina dives deep into where the broken pieces are, starting with identity and mindset, and ending with our healing. We are motivated and empowered throughout every chapter, and finally, challenged in the end, to get off our mats, and thrive!

What happens when our valley meets God’s abundance of grace? The possibilities are endless. God gives us a front row seat to being refined for maturity in him, and fulfillment of our calling. There are no special qualifications. We only need a willing heart to answer the call to use what God has given us for his glory.

This book has devotionals and poetry to help encourage you in the roughest times, see the power of the Holy Spirit, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has not forgotten about you.

In Katina’s book, “The Journey”, you are walked through her personal journey of healing from abandonment, trauma, rejection, and divorce. Creating a satisfying future hinges upon healing from past hurts. That is because healing brings perspective and resilience. In “Simply Grace: Poetry and Recipes that Heal the Soul”, Katina brings you this perspective. Her poetry and prose present a truth-telling, soulful, creative look at topics such as shame, empathy, and love, encompassed in a manifestation of love and grace.

We all desire the empowered new chapter of life, the abundant life that God has so richly promised us. Healing from past hurts is part of the process. In “The Journey”, Katina took you through her own personal journey of healing. What happens if our process of healing from past hurts is different than the way it looks for others? What if we realized that the process of healing from past hurts is more of an art form, a surrendering of our minds, hearts, souls, emotions, and wills that are ready to be molded by the Savior? In this book of poetry and devotionals, Katina helps us see that when we surrender our healing process to the sovereignty of God, healing from past hurts goes from a struggle, to an art, to a rest that lies in the Creator himself.

In Katina’s first book, “The Journey”, she goes into detail of walking through her personal healing journey of emotional abuse, trauma, abandonment, and divorce, in order to rebuild her life.In her book “Broken Pieces”, she dives deep into where the broken pieces are, starting with identity and mindset, and ending with our healing. We are motivated and empowered throughout every chapter, and finally, challenged to get off our mats, and thrive!Katina realizes that creating an empowered new chapter of life is not easy. In “Coming Out of the Valley”, she demonstrates this by inspiring, uplifting, and encouraging you as you pursue the abundant life of thriving that Jesus has called us to live.

This book of poems and short stories dig deep into the subject of blackness through the author’s eyes, taking you into an emotional journey of how blackness affects the author personally, and then collectively as a family, community, and society. My Blackness is guaranteed to make you fall in love with what the word community truly means when there’s a matriarch as the pillar of the community.