Book Review of Velvet & Where I am…

Click Here To Get VELVET I am so grateful to know Holly Charles. She has penned a very personal account of what a lot of women, especially in the cultures where dark skin was shunned, can relate. While I am of a lighter complexion, it may be really think about the difficulties that have come because of the way I looked. She also takes you through a very retrospective look between mothers and daughters. Their sacrifices, their pain, their particular kind of love, and the resolution of a generation in forgiveness. This book was crafted, not written. Its diction and imagery allowed me to envision this as if it was a movie being played on my eye lids. Click on the link, order VELVET, read it, then let me know if you agree! I loved it. Read it in the equivalent of 4 hours! Kudos to Charles! I need another book ASAP!


This place that I am in… I truly feel like there is something uniquely familiar about it. Only, this time, I really don’t know what comes next. I started off the year being excited to come out of a funk. Then I realized yesterday that the feeling of isolation is back. The “I don’t really fit in anywhere”. I look around and there are only a few around me. I know, I know, sometimes that’s best. But the human, the woman, even the little girl inside sometimes wishes it were different. I keep telling myself, TRUST IS A VERB. It’s not something you say, it’s something you do. I have been attacked in dreams, in person, and to some extent, by my own thoughts. However, When the heat is done… I will emerge like pure gold. 

So lets talk about the properties of pure gold. AURUM. It’s very soft alone. (hence it is often with other metals) It’s been known for at least 5,500 years. Gold is the MOST malleable of all metals known. Gold is a good conductor of heat/electricity and won’t tarnish when exposed to air. (facts pulled from How interesting. It’s not that I won’t go through the heat, I’ll use it. It’s not that I won’t be exposed, it won’t tarnish me. I will still need others, that is where the strength will come. I will first always need God, I am bent without him. I will be able to work well with others. No matter how attractive I may become, I will also serve as a setting for the jewels that God places in my life. 

SYMBOLISM has always meant so much to me. Today, I value the covering and the people in my life who encourage me. I didn’t have the sense enough to ask for some of the relationships I have inherited. However, I thank God for them. These key people are obviously my alloys in this season. They are strengthening me. I will always need allies, and I consider them closer than friends. We were not created to walk alone. So in this season when I don’t fit in, its good to have people who will see through the invisibility cloak I feel and smile at me. 

 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. – Job 23:10 (ESV)


Ivy Out


By Andonnia

I am the King's daughter. I am my parents' daughter, a godmother, an aunt, a niece, a sister, a soror, a listener, a hearer & doer, a philanthroservant, a writer, a student, a teacher, a live-right enthusiast, a fail forward live-er, a business woman, a woman after God's heart! ~iLove~

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