Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do is a deep personal story about my troubled relationship with my mother, who lived with a severe mental illness. Ginny, died unexpectedly at Christmas season, and buried later Mother’s Day weekend. My story addresses how God carried me, and several social issues including mental health, child neglect and abuse, domestic violence, loss, and grief.
Abuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother’s mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom’s abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child).
Ginny had childhood paranoid schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder. She lived in the Buffalo State Hospital through her adolescent years. When released from the hospital, she had me. She was twenty-six, and my dad was thirty years older. My mother was white, and my father was black.
As a child, I struggled with my mixed heritage. My mom would tell me that white people did not like me because I was black. Even from a religious standpoint, I was raised as a Catholic and Baptist. On Sundays, my mom and I attended mass without my father and Baptist service with him. I always felt like I had to choose. Was I black? Was I white? Was I Catholic? Was I Baptist? My mom told me that her side of the family disliked my dad because he was black and my dad’s side of the family disliked my mom because she was white. Here I was stuck in the middle.
I share my life story with the world through God’s glory. My story is about how faith enabled me to overcome extraordinary struggles, pain, and loss. Faith, hope, and forgiving the unforgivable through prayer and trusting in God are the keys to healing.
Reflections of What God Can Do, ORG was originated from the subtitle of the book, Ginny and Me. Hoping to help others cope in difficult times. My desire is staying in faith for my book to turn into an inspirational movie. Why? Because there are many people who need to let go of pain in their lives and seek God.
"I'm delighted Christine considers herself a member of the NAASCA family (National Association Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) and appreciate all she does in the fight against child abuse and trauma. She told her life story on our "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio show recently, and all were impressed by how far she's come on her healing journey."
“Christine is an absolutely phenomenal inspirational speaker. She touched all that heard her.”
“Talk about an amazing event. You could truly feel the love surrounding Christine. I was so proud to even be around her. The energy her team had and the support the community and her church provided her was amazing. Christine and I met through a Facebook group when she was searching for a photographer. I quickly replied and she emailed me later on saying she would love to work with me. I drove up to Dulles Town Center mall from Richmond the morning of and we instantly hit it off like we had know each other forever. Her positivity is contagious for sure! In two hours she sold out of all the books she had to sell and had to turn people to the internet to buy.”