Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory
Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory

Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory

by Lorna Jackie Wilson

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Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and love for foster children. With consideration to the daily realities that foster children or youth may experience, Black Butterfly embodies real-life issues through faith-based reflections. This is a young girl's journey, pre and post, foster care. This compilation is dedicated to the foster child, the youth in crisis, and individuals striving to achieve positive change. Black Butterfly proclaims wholeness to the fatherless, healing to the broken, and hope when faith and determination are all that remain! THIS IS THE JOURNEY - THE VICTORY!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781976430527
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Series: Black Butterfly , #3
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Lorna Jackie Wilson was born on April 11, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan to Carrie Jean Wilson. Lorna has lived in Michigan most of her life, outside of U.S. Army, military enlistment. At the age of four, Lorna was placed in foster care. At the age of 10, she was reunited with her mother and siblings, only to be separated and returned to foster care at the age of 13. Lorna's journey and related circumstances surrounding foster care placement presented situational experiences that no one should ever have to face. Feeling lost and abandoned, Lorna began to write. Initially, the harsh realities of life spilled into her journals. However, the journals became a testimony to others, illustrating the life of an overcomer. In Lorna's last and final foster care home, she was placed with Acie Lee Spraddling. Acie Lee Spraddling was the catalyst toward positive change. She was a true advocate for youth, adopting 11 children and taking in 17 foster care children. As a parent, Acie led by example and truly cared for children. She introduced Lorna to Christ and took her to church at nearly every opportunity. Needless to say, Lorna's journals began to embody faith and hope. Acie made her heavenly transition on July 21, 2015. Her legacy lives on through her children. Lorna's journey continues as she gives back by speaking to youth about foster care experiences and overcoming obstacles. She has four beautiful children who support her writing and encourage its continuance. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degrees in business education and information technology. In 2013, Lorna entered a national singing competition/fundraiser, sponsored by William Beaumont Hospital. The fundraiser was launched to support Children's Miracle Network. Lorna was one of the twelve finalists in the competition. In addition to Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, Lorna Jackie Wilson is the author of Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly, Game Changers: Power - Control - Deception, and Penny Candy: The Hopscotch Trails.

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Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MsTawana454u More than 1 year ago
A very unique style of healthy positive motivations and inspirations!! Good Read and Great tools for encouragement. Good Job Lorna, Thanks for sharing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall the book was a very good read. The Poetry was very inspirational. I think that anyone that has gone though hard times and made it through those trying times could really benefit from this book. I give it 5 thumbs up.
reggie5 More than 1 year ago
Black Butterfly is one of the most inspirational book of poetry I have ever read. Lorna Wilson has given us a part of her life through her poetry. I see great things ahead for her.
Pfid More than 1 year ago
Even if you had not taken time to read through the author’s own notes about her collection of poems what would become patently obvious through her verses would be the love she holds for her family, for her fellow humankind and for her Christian faith. Lorna Wilson’s choice of words and phrasing moves from the lyrical to the pragmatic and back again, but never wanders into cynicism or bitterness. Many of her poems reflect her own struggles with fostering in the past but her feelings of honesty and respect for the struggles of all peoples of the world, to achieve peace and harmony through faith and dedication, are deeply held and shine through – something to be admired in a world of trolls and complainers. When I began reading it was with some hesitation as one who did not share the same faith as Lorna Wilson. However, her skill with words and her sincerity overcame my doubts in reading the majority of her poems. There were some minor errors through possible typos/edits but it did not spoil my overall pleasure. Some of my favourites were: A Troubled Teen; Game Changers Rule!; The Art Of Giving; The Ones We Love and The Voice Of A Little Child. But I could not agree or share in the sentiments of Before You Enter Heaven and I found the choice of words ‘… he follows her home…’ in He’s Captured Her Heart a bit too creepy and weird. Maybe I was being too cynical when I thought it sounded like he was stalking her and I preferred the word ‘escorts’ instead. Nevertheless I recommend Black Butterfly as a deeply considered collection of poems to make readers think seriously about their faith and their own sincerity when it comes to genuine feelings of love and respect for others.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson is a book of the author's poetry, compiled into a collection of sixty poems. Separated into two sections, the poetry compilation and tributes, Wilson shares her experiences as a child in the foster care system, life as a foster parents herself, personal tragedy, a life shaped by her love of Christ and as a resilient, intelligent, and potent black woman, and the trials and tribulations of being a survivor. Within each verse Wilson lays bare her spirit - both broken and made whole - in a heartfelt book that will bring solace and inspiration to all those who can relate to the strength of her words, and evoke empathy and revelation in everyone else. As a foster carer myself, I was intrigued by the opportunity to read the work of someone who had been in the system and ultimately returned, this time on her own terms, to care for those who have been placed into a system that often feels hopeless to both the children and their natural parents. There wasn't a single line within Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson that didn't call to the deepest fissure of my heart. With poignant words and almost choral formation, Wilson has created a gem of a book of poetry that I wholeheartedly recommend to children, parents and foster carers, social workers, teachers, and all those who are looking for an illuminated sense of where they've come from, and where the path may ultimately lead.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In life we all, at one point or another, deal with the ups and downs. When tragedy hits, it helps to know that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. In her book titled Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory, Lorna Jackie Wilson put together a compelling collection of beautiful poems that touch on a number of topics including tragedy, loss, pain, empowerment, faith, healing, and so much more. Some battles we face together as a community while many are fought alone. Sometimes we find solace in each other while some healing journeys must be traveled solo. The poems in this book touch on all these circumstances and so much more. Some of the poems in Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory speak about tragic events known to many while others speak about those only known to the author, but they all have one thing in common. They capture the raw emotions of the situation and of life. The poems come together to tell a complete story of tragedy, sorrow, overcoming and healing. Each poem tells a story in words so simple yet so deep and, whether you have been through that particular circumstance or not, you will feel Lorna Jackie Wilson's emotions and you will relate to them. In addition, the images used capture the essence of every poem, bringing to life the emotions behind the words even more. The poems touch on a number of emotional topics and, in the end, they all deliver a strong message that even when all seems to be lost, there is always hope so hold on tight and never let go.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson is a beautiful, inspiring collection of poetry which will tug at your heartstrings and give you an understanding of the struggles of a young colored girl in today's society. This is a book filled with hope and courage and shows, through the perfectly constructed prose, how you can succeed in this world if you have conviction and faith in the Lord. The topics are current and controversial. But the theme throughout is one girl's struggle to deal with the foster care system, domestic violence, family relationships, poverty and to come out on the other side strong and determined. This book of outstanding poetry conjured up every emotion from sadness to a determination to overcome my own issues. The haunting words of A Tragedy and A Tragedy In Connecticut really hit me to the core of my heart. The poems covered gritty and dark subjects, but they were written from the heart and with honesty. The theme I felt throughout was of courage and determination to succeed, no matter what the obstacles, because you have the Lord watching over you and He will only give you the challenges He knows you can overcome. Black Butterfly and Brown Brother again struck my heart. It was hard to choose a favorite poem, but if I had to then ‘How does one deal with loss’; that poem could have been written for the losses in my life. This book is amazing and I will read it again when I need inspiration to conquer anything.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson is a collection of poems that sets the tone for the riddles, struggles, and challenges that happen in life and how they can be handled with commitment and strength. The poems are thought provoking, haunting, and they also speak about the author’s faith in God. The poet’s tragedies and hardships form an integral part of her writings and the way she has gotten over them makes the collection uplifting and inspiring. The poems speak about myriad emotions that we experience, and also about life and what it teaches based on the experience that each one of us goes through in our lives. The poet lays bare her soul with these poems and she speaks about almost all topics that matter to everyone. She also speaks about the obstacles faced by a colored girl in society, along with her sadness, family relationships, and poverty through her writings. ‘I am Magnificent’ is one such poem in the collection where the poet celebrates her own self for what she is. The poet’s feelings of loss and abandonment are tangible to readers and I like the thought of having pictures before each poem as these capture the essence of the poems beautifully. Though the collection is about hope, courage, strength, and overcoming obstacles, love and faith are also woven into the poems. Lorna Jackie Wilson's emotions are raw, her pain is tangible, and her strength is palpable from the poems, and that makes this collection an engaging read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Do you realize that our lives are a reflection of God within us? The essence of our witness is how we act in situations that affect all of us. Author Lorna Jackie Wilson introduces over thirty poems in Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory that express God’s love through relationships, loss, struggles and character building. “May this compilation of poetry inspire those with similar struggles or challenges, and may the journey illustrate the life of an overcomer,” says Lorna. As you read Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory you will be able to see the beauty of words as poems give tribute to loved ones such as Belle Starr, Bishop Mariea Claxton, Hazel Winston Lowe and Maya Angelou. To bring the message home, Lorna has also dedicated poems to life events from black history, the military and the killings at Sandy Brooks Elementary to the 9/11 tragedy. As I read Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson, I enjoy the eclectic nature of the poems; there is something here for everyone. As Lorna sprinkles photo images and biblical scripture throughout Black Butterfly along with these beautiful words, you will walk through the steps and pathway of Lorna’s life. “While the journey reveals a combination of pain and loss, it also reveals love, laughter and accomplishment,” says Lorna. These words are reflective of Lorna’s upbringing, particularly her life in and out of foster homes and living with a drug addicted mother. Despite it all, Lorna has been able to overcome it all due to the love of God. If you want to read poems that are truthful, uplifting and passionate, pick up a copy of Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. My emotions were all over the place and I am looking forward to the next book. -Riggs
ShonieD More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. Very inspirational, spiritual and passionate and it's truly felt as Lorna pull you into her experiences throughout life. As you read, you find yourself connecting to some of the poetry written as though it was telling a part of your life also.