THE FAITH FIGHT SERIESembodies character-driven stories that speak to the power of prayer and the application of biblical principles. These are the stories that challenge faith in the face of adversity or spiritual warfare. Who will stand on the Word of God? Where are the intercessors and who will build up their most Holy faith to run this race? “The race is not given to the swift or to the strong but to the one who endures to the end.” — Ecclesiastes 9:11
My journey with writing began when I was approximately sixteen years of age. To that end, my first book was entitled, Black Butterfly: The Journey, the Victory. Initially, I did not publish the book because in the 1980s the content was viewed as too deep. In fact, a principal told me that the poetry that I wrote could be used in a discriminatory manner to block hiring or promotions. So, when the seed of fear was planted, I listened to the principal, and I didn’t publish the poetry until 2014. Today, I regret that decision because so many people have told me that my poetry is so authentic and relatable and that it could have really helped others back then. So, I share my story to encourage anyone out there who has stories in their soul to release them. Don’t wait for someone to validate your work. God will validate it! The literary art that dwells on the inside is not just for us. It is for others who are waiting for someone to articulate what they are trying to say or perhaps what they need to hear. To that end, Spillwords has published my signature poem, Black Butterfly on their beautifully crafted platform. It is from my book, Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory! https://spillwords.com/black-butterfly/ #Amazon
Synopsis: In a systemic era where the nation seemed to have forgotten the biblical standards set forth by Father God, tensions were high. Families struggled to maintain normalcy amid immorality and injustice. Seth and Gloria Echols were no exception. Like other families that stood on the Word of God, they purposed to do the same. Yet, as the nation began to tear away from the very heart of God, they faced yet another crisis; their marriage was falling apart. With battlegrounds both at home and nationally, how would they sustain the normalcy that modeled the definition of Christianity in the face of a national crisis? Corruption had crept its way into nearly every facet of government and legislation. The media filled the airwaves with misleading propaganda. Someone had to take a stand! Something had to be done to turn the hearts of people back to Father God. As Seth and Gloria began to stand in agreement with the church, i.e., the Ekklesia, there was a shift in their posture of prayer. Yet how would the Ekklesia dispel the rising trend of gross darkness in cultural norms and how would their marriage be restored? This Means War is founded on Matthew 11:12 AMP “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize].”
Black Butterfly Books will be featured on 6Foot3Radio.Org on June 5th, 7th, and 9th, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST. Phyllis Vaughan, a phenomenal radio personality, will host the event. Discussion will cover the origin of the Black Butterfly Series by Author Lorna Jackie Wilson. A spoken-word performance will be featured as well!. In addition, David N. Moore, Narrator/Voice Actor will contribute to the Black Butterfly Community Talk. Tune in to 6Foot3Radio.Org for this dynamic event on one of the aforementioned dates. You don’t want to miss it!
Black Butterfly Books speak to the silence of loss, fight for families, and love for foster children. As a former foster child, I can remember wondering where to turn or who I could talk to for help and emotional support. Of course, those closest to me came to mind. Yet, when my voice fell on deaf ears, I became lost and emotionally detached. Today, I understand more than ever, that my plight was not uncommon; there are children in foster care who suffer in silence every day. With the numerous agencies and organizations that exist to support foster care, there may be an assumption that foster children are afforded every opportunity that their biological parents were unable to provide. Yet, this may be far from true. In fact, foster children may not know that there are supports that benefit them directly. Therefore, resources are provided on this website solely for that purpose. Click on the Resources & Affiliates tab for more information.
Of course, I am only one individual with this great burden that Father God has placed upon my heart. But, I will not stop! I will not give up, and I will always care about the foster child and their access to resources or services that positively influence their social and emotional development. Together, we can make a difference!
To that end, there are a number of facilities and organizations in the State of Michigan that provide emotional and/or physical support to youth. Black Butterfly Books LLC lists the Ennis Center as one such organization. The Ennis Center operates weekdays, Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. However, days of operation vary as follows:
Port Huron – Monday and Wednesday
Detroit – Monday and Wednesday
Flint – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Monroe – Tuesday and Thursday
Pontiac – Tuesday and Friday
Howell – Wednesday and Thursday
When calling the Ennis Center after hours, please refer to the following emergency numbers:
“I really wanted to read this and I’m so glad I did — Cliques! Are you kidding? Churches have cliques! Oh, my dear, do sit down, and let’s talk about it! Yes, what church member hasn’t suffered through the web of church members and their groups all snatching for power and attention? Hey, even the apostles scrambled for preference. Yet this well-written story with spot-on characters captures that all-too-human scene and is both touching and riveting!” — Mary Sheeran, an Amazon Five-Star Reviewer
During these trying times, many parents are unsure as to the future of education and what many are calling the new norm. Does the new norm mean students will forever require protective masks? Does it mean students will no longer be able to embrace their family or friends with something as simple as a hug? Will a social distance of six feet remain indefinitely and what will happen to students’ ability to learn in a traditional school setting? Many students need that one-on-one connection with teachers and other students. At the end of the day, what measures are being put in place to ensure students remain connected to what matters most, i.e., the human touch? Maybe it’s time for the community to come together and provide valuable resources to one another. While many families are self-quarantining, students should be exposed to opportunities for safe learning, fun activities, and physical interaction. Some school districts have taken measures to install portable plexiguard shields in every classroom, similar to the way they have in many casinos. However, this is probably very expensive, and while it may provide a higher measure of safety or prevention, online learning is also an option. Yet, even the online environment should incorporate resources that allow parents, school districts, and communities to collaborate in a manner that ensures that students feel connected. For example, when a teacher is providing instruction, the student should be able to see their teacher, even if it’s only virtually. In addition, students should have physical copies of the same textbooks that they see their teachers using; they need to touch it! Moreover, parents should be included and allowed to actively engage in student learning in a manner that allows a personal touch, maybe even find ways to involve the quarantining family member(s). Of course, these are just a few examples. I’m sure there are many others. Needless to say, our collective ideas could create a treasure trove of literary activities that are fun and engaging, especially now!
On February 23, 2020, Detroit Book City hosted its 4th Annual African-American Family Book Expo. Over sixty independent authors were in attendance and I was honored to be one of them. While at my table, a father and his son approached my table and asked if I had any children’s books for elementary or middle school-aged boys of color. Unfortunately, I did not. Needless to say, that was incentive enough for me to start writing again. So, the title of my next book is, THAT’S MY CAR – Subtitle: I DESIGNED IT! Now available on Amazon for Pre-Order.
The synopsis follows: Kevin is a nine-year-old boy who loves cars. He and his best friend, Michael, often play with Hot Wheels. Yet, when Kevin isn’t playing, he is in school or drawing designs of cars. His father is an automotive design engineer and Kevin desires to be just like him when he grows up. This is the story of a father’s influence over his son’s life choices. It emphasizes the importance of role models and is presented as a fun-filled adventure that is colorful, entertaining, and educational.
New Release: Kingdom Cliques is a novel that embodies the climate and culture of Calvary Way Ministries as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships!
Calvary Way Ministries (CWM) is working toward achieving ministerial goals. From teaching Christian principles to humanitarian efforts that reach the masses, CWM is growing and moving in the right direction. With an exceptional team of leaders, focused on advancing the mission of the ministry, strategic efforts are regularly deployed to ensure membership growth, biblical maturation, and financial stewardship. However, somewhere along the lines, church cliques have developed, conflicts exist, and operations can border on unethical. Kingdom Cliques embodies CWM’s climate and culture as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships.
As a former foster child, I began to journal at sixteen years of age. Initially, my writings began as poetry. ‘Black Butterfly: The Journey, the Victory,’ is that collection of poetry. Although, the poetry in this book is primarily a representation of life experiences pre and post foster care, it became important to share the foster care journey in novels, based on true stories. Babygirl, Prequel to the Search for Catherine, is Book One in the Black Butterfly Series. Book Two is ‘The Search for Catherine,’ and the series ends with the poetry book, ‘Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory,’ Book Three.
Oftentimes, foster children, whether currently in foster care or aging out, have stories that need to be told; stories that are not only beneficial to the foster child, but beneficial to other foster children who may find it difficult to articulate their experiences. The ‘Black Butterfly Series,’ speaks to a family in foster care and the search for their mother/sister during and after foster care. This series is currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores in both paperback and eBook formats. While names, locales, and events have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals represented, this series is based on true stories!
Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine was released on September 10, 2018. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7S6MBD?
Synopsis: In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother, and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services (CPS) visits the family. Later, Victor’s drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother, and placed into separate foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced so far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and the love for foster children. It is written from the perspective of a youth in crisis and is a reflection of a survivor’s foster care journey. Children, parents, social workers, teachers, and all those who find connection, will find Black Butterfly, a tumultuous journey of faith and hope!
In the Black Butterfly Series, pen is placed on realities that are often unspoken among youth in foster care. This compelling trilogy embodies a mother’s struggle with inner-city crime and the foster care system. Counselors, educators, and parents may find it resourceful for youth in similar situations.