No, you can’t be a writer. No, you can’t climb a mountain. No, you’re a brown-skin girl in a color-struck world. So go for something safe. Something small. Something easy.
Instead, Daddy bought me a typewriter. Shiny blue plastic and my own. A Christmas surprise. Better than a Barbie. Or ice skates. Or a fancy–dance dress in red silk or black velvet. Instead, I got the plastic blue Remington. So that sealed it.
I’ll write for life, I told myself—never dreaming I’d just chosen a kind of heaven. Or a certain hell? Giving your life to something tough and crazy is, for sure, a wild and rocky journey.
So Daddy tempered it. He mixed in Jesus. Not with speeches. Not with mandates. Instead, he piled us in the Dodge and drove us to a little Denver church where Daddy sang in the choir and Mama taught Sunday school.
Then on ice-cold mornings when the boiler in the church wouldn’t crank, we’d huddle with other believers in the second-floor sanctuary wearing coats and scarves and singing “This Little Light of Mine”—clapping our hands for warmth, praying the offering was enough to fix the doggone furnace.
But every Sunday, we came back. Because, in Christ, that’s what you do. You keep going. So here I am, half past 60—with my Daddy long dead and Mama, too—but still writing. Still at it. These are my books and this is my site and these are my thoughts so far. Not done yet. You're not either.
My Official Bio
Patricia Raybon’s personal essays on family and faith have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine of Charles Stanley Ministries, and aired on National Public Radio.
She’s the award-winning author of My First White Friend, her racial forgiveness memoir which won the prestigious Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, her prayer memoir which was a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine’s annual book awards (Spirituality Category); a One Year® devotional entitled God’s Great Blessings; and co-author of a tribute book honoring African American spirituals called Bound for Glory.
Her upcoming book, co-authored with youngest daughter Alana Raybon, is Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. A "vulnerable conversation" about their mother-daughter struggle to make interfaith peace, the book is set for release in April 2015 from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and W Publishing Group).
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT PATRICIA
A journalist by training, Patricia earned a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Patricia worked for a dozen years in Denver as a newspaper journalist at The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Mid-career she joined the journalism faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she taught print journalism for 15 years.
Patricia now writes full-time on matters of faith. She is also mom to two grown daughters, a “Grammy” to five grandchildren, mother-in-law to one “son,” and the wife of 38 years to her husband Dan. She and Dan make their home in Colorado where she grew up. In all of this, Patricia seeks to live in the spirit of her favorite Scripture: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16 NIV)
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