Now my lot looked like a piece of paper that had had all the writing erased. A little roughed-up sandy dirt remained…, like the rough places on a paper erased too hard.… A Spirit hovered there, not visible to the eye, but exquisitely visible to the heart.
— Sandra Lynn Price
Welcome, all who have ever suffered loss and those who care for them, all who have ever felt life has been erased too hard, but found Hope, Grace, and Wisdom. That Spirit “not visible to the eye, but exquisitely visible to the heart” lives in you and around you. It is the source of the Grace in which we dwell. It is the source of the Wisdom of your heart.
If you long for a deeper, more connected, and more meaningful life, your Heart Wisdom is your guide. That Heart Wisdom gives you the capacity to find Hope, Grace, and Acceptance in the midst of chaos and loss, in the muddle of important decisions…
Praise for Sandra’s Writings
“This is the book on Katrina you will want to buy. In fact, purchase one for your church library and mission’s committee!‘ In poetic detail Sandra majestically describes moving accounts of loss and turmoil… but the story doesn’t dwell on loss. I was moved to tears by Sandra’s testimony of a God who cares and the generosity of many souls filled by God’s Grace… what a gift of Spirit-led writing.”Kevin King
Executive Director, Mennonite Disaster Service
“…Sandra’s stories reflect her courage to mourn, laugh, reveal heartache, celebrate happiness and find Grace in the depths of tragedy. Katrina’s Grace is anyone’s story who is seeking love and Grace in the turmoil of grief. Sandra’s stories are hauntingly familiar, for I, too, am a Katrina survivor.”Mary Kay Deen
Katrina Survivor, Retired Teacher, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
…a must read for anyone wishing to respond to a disaster…. A disaster responder is left to wonder what life was like before the storm and to ponder the fate of those putting the pieces back together. Katrina’s Grace is a gift of Grace to anyone who has longed to know the whole story.”Jim Kirk
Past Chair, Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee, National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
“As I read… I found I could not put it down… I carried her story with me day and night… I would weep as my heart broke, and I would soar as I experienced God’s Grace through her words. The story of the vicissitudes of Sandra’s journey with family, FEMA, friends, inspectors, insurance and volunteers is filled with meaning and love.”Rev. Tom Hazelwood
Assistant General Secretary U.S. Disaster Response, 1998 -2013, United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)
“Katrina’s Grace: Wind, Water and Wisdom, is a revelation of the profound difference between compassion and ‘pity.’ Sandra Lynn Price may not be ‘a voice crying in the wilderness,’ but she certainly is a voice speaking clearly and passionately of the spirit amidst the ruins of individual lives and whole communities.”Reverend Dr. Jeremy Taylor
D.Min., S.Th.D. (hon.) Author, The Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to Tap into Your Unconscious & Transform Your Life and several other books
“…a true Southern voice full of pathos and wonder and angst…and yet also full of joy…”Lucy Hansford
Public Relations Professional
“I worked for years in the Katrina relief efforts… This book gave me more closure on Katrina; it helped me feel it. Tears came… I needed to feel, and Sandra helped me…. She peeled back the outer part and showed her soul. Katrina’s Grace doesn’t give sugar-coated platitudes but soul felt truth of grief and the hope that comes in the midst of life.”Don Gann
Director of Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief
“Written with the pouring out of the passion that developed from personal experiences as a survivor of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Subsequently, it woke up a unique spirit of service that others affected by disaster now benefit from with her compassion through the VOAD movement.”Warren Miller
National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Past President, Mississippi VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
“As a grief counselor, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is living with the grief process. Sandra is a healer and those who read this book will catch a glimpse of the Master Healer’s Grace…. She paints vivid word memories of the devastation, aftermath, and healing process that she experienced with Hurricane Katrina.”Joe Ray Underwood
Ph.D., Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Mississippi State UniversityActive in Disaster)
“Sandra invites readers into her spiritual center where she dives deep into the hurt, the loss, the destruction – emerging throughout the story with glimmers of hope and wonder… within the pages of this book, understanding and hope for overcoming disaster, outline how one might join that community of heroes, those ordinary people who show up to do whatever it is each of us does best.”Sherry Swain
Senior Research Associate, National Writing Project
“This book… takes the sensitive reader on an adventure into the realm of the soul/psyche where persons of reflective spirit can experience deep meaning, facilitate life-altering growth, gain deep insight, and develop a better understanding of finding meaning in the tragedies of life. A beautifully woven personal tale of… Grace’s power to transcend differences, heal wounds and create a better world.”Ben Toole
“…Sandra Price with painstaking detail lovingly weaves the narratives of her Southern childhood, her experience of the trauma of Hurricane Katrina’s damage to her beloved home and community, with the healing graces of her faith and friendships into an intimate portrait of a life disrupted, remembered, and renewed.”The Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus
Coordinator, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
“…As a clinical psychotherapist who confronts traumatic grief in the lives of individuals regularly, I could hear the truth of Sandra’s disbelief, fury, and deep sadness for important connections broken and beloved memories ruined. The powerful message of hope in this book is born in the writer’s capacity to live in her fearful emptiness and to receive and absorb the goodness that blew her way.”Helen Robinson
LCSW, Clinical Psychotherapist, Winchester, Virginia
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Sandra Lynn Price’s Story
Sandra Lynn Price is a voice of hope and healing in the aftermath of Katrina. She tells her story in a way that anyone who has experienced personal or wide-scale disaster can know both her anguish and joy, her moments of despair and confusion as well as wonder and hope. Through her sensitive storytelling, she takes her readers to a place where it is safe to remember their own difficult times and realize the Grace in which they dwelt, even when it was not apparent. While her story is deeply spiritual, it is not religious in the sense of the church dogma, but rather focuses on a deep connection to the Divine through all of life’s relationships with friends, family, nature, books, and our truest selves.
These people [who came, sent gifts, and prayed] have caused me to say of Katrina, “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!” Not because it wasn’t hard. It was hard, still is in some ways. But because the Grace that came was so much greater than the suffering the storm brought.”
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When we face difficult situations such as: natural disasters or personal losses, we struggle with grief, worry and sometimes helplessness. When we serve others who are facing hard times, we can easily absorb their pain and grief, and we begin to have those feelings ourselves, or even worse, we suppress our feelings in order to serve. Then something comes that reminds us we dwell in Grace – a memory, a song, a bird, a word or deed from a friend or stranger, a sacred text – and we remember our faith, our wisdom and resilience. Quietly we regain hope and joy.