Sandra Lynn Price
  • “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. Katrinas 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
    Jungian Analyst
  • 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

About Sandra Lynn Price

Sandra is an author, retreat leader, and disaster responder who is passionate about helping people discover and trust their inner wisdom; deepen connections to the Divine, self, and others; and live freely into the fullness of life born of Spirit.

During Sandra’s initial career as Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, at Mississippi State University, she led the development of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute as part of the National Writing Project, the premier professional development program in which teacher experts teach other teachers their approaches. Sharing the work with those teachers was the highlight of her first career.

During the last half of her Professorship, Sandra began exploring spirituality more deeply and broadly. At age 51 she retired to go on her deepening spiritual journey to seminary and beyond. After seminary she established and directed Silentia Center for Spiritual Formation for several years before she became a church pastor.

All through those years of teaching and pastoring, Sandra felt a call to be a writer. She wrote volumes in her journals and amassed piles of manuscripts intended to become books, but published only a few poems.

Finally in 2004 Sandra retired from pastoring to devote herself full time to her writing. She moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, to live in community with close friends and write.

The Big Clean-Up Weekend


Today her work is writing and volunteering with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. In the latter, her primary role is coordinating Emotional and Spiritual Care curriculum development of two types of programs: resilience retreats for those who serve others and trainings for preparing responders to offer emotional and spiritual care. Her work connects people to their own wisdom and resilience and supports growth in both. Also as part of her disaster work, she is immediate past president of Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Sandra remembers sitting on her haunches ‘writing in the dirt’ as a little girl. In high school she sat for hours in front of her upstairs window writing… writing… writing, sometimes on unlined sheets of paper, sometimes in a diary. Then in 1977 for Christmas she was given her first adult journal. By the time Katrina struck, Sandra had over a hundred journals filled with reflections, poems, and soul work. Since Katrina that writing has continued and grown into this book sharing all the Grace she experienced after Katrina.

Sandra’s published poetry includes a thank-you poem to those who came to help after Katrina, Like Magi, You Have Come and Mama’s Rolls. Both are included in Katrina’s Grace.

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Sandra now lives beside water near Jackson and Starkville, Mississippi, writing, enjoying life with her family and friends, and thriving on paying it forward through her continuing disaster relief work.