"Your writing and speaking are both so refreshing because of your honesty and straightforwardness. I have already received much positive feedback."

Pastor Wayne "Coach" Gordon
Lawndale Community Church,

"You have helped spark the creative energy of these students!"
Sarah Huges,
Colorado Youth News Project

"What an impact you had on our audience!"
June Hamersma, Director
The January Series
Grand Rapids, MI

"Our members have been talking about you and your book all week. It was marvelous and meaningful."
Pastor Daphne Hamborg
Christ the King Lutheran Church

"Your seminar was great and was the subject of our 10:30 meeting yesterday. People, including myself, were inspired by your words. Thanks for taking the seminar so seriously and for sharing all that wisdom."
Greg Moore, Editor
The Denver Post

Your message was so inspiriring!"
Denise Joyce, President
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors

"Personally, it was the high point of the conference for me. You are indeed a gifted speaker and writer because you share the 'truth." Thank you for your ministry of truth and for coming to Texas."
Terry Hargrave
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

"It was moving and thought-provoking. I told friends about it for days afterwards."
Gwen Thornton, Program Manager,
Division of Continuing Education,
University of Colorado at Boulder

"How can I put into words what is wordless! Your gift to our women was like a moment in which God came directly through the Spirit into the hearts of his people to greatly offer them truth. Thank you!"
Elisa Morgan, President, MOPS Inc.

"I continue to receive positive feedback from those who were in attendance and even those that were unable to attend but heard about your presentation."
Barbara Kenton-Mohrlang
Community Living Alternatives Inc.

"You freely shared yourself -- your vulnerability -- with us. I say 'thank you." But your courage deserves more than just those two words."
Ron Crawford
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

"All of us felt that you believed in our desire as well as our capacity of following through, and that genuine and mutual respect strengthened our time together."
Jacqueline Taylor, Provost
Davenport University -- Western Region

"The heart of what is in My First White Friend came through in your presentation. Thank you for being so open."
Jerry Stromberg, Executive Director
Christian Community Health Fellowship

"It was my joy to be part of the MOPS closing on Sunday morning and experience how God so powerfully used you with that group of young women."
Alene Betts
Castleheart Creations Inc.


"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."
Psalm 119:105 NLT


Winner of the acclaimed Christopher Award

Selected for Books for a Better Life Award

  • "A powerful tale of hard-won racial healing."--Weekend Edition, National Public Radio

  • “Glorious...Raybon can tell a story to be sure.”--Publishers Weekly

  • "Packed with powerful moments. A tale of hard-won racial healing."--Kirkus Reviews

  • "A haunting and personal account...An inspiration."--Ellis Cose, author of The Rage of A Privileged Class

  • "Artistic excellence affirming the highest values of the human spirit."--The Christophers

  • “Raybon is an award-winning writer. This book shows why.”--NAPRA Review

  • "It literally sings."--Andrew Billingsley, Ph.D., author of Climbing Jacob's Ladder