When I first read Grace is Born by Lisa R. Cohen, I was immediately reminded of Wisdom personified as a woman in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs, “Wisdom cries out in the street” (1:20), she has “insight” and “wisdom” (8:14).
In Lisa R. Cohen’s book, “Grace listens with a gentle heart.” While she faces challenge and despair, she also “embraces Hope and waits with Patience for Faith to arrive.”
The text throughout is beautifully illustrated by Judith Joseph. Lisa says,
The Grace is Born manuscript was completed three months prior to my 50th birthday during the wee hours of the night. Before going to sleep, I gazed at the sparkle of stars on our Ketubah (Jewish marriage license) and wondered whether the same artist might be available to illustrate Grace is Born.
I was unable to find her, but after searching the internet, libraries, bookstores, galleries, and gift shops to no avail, I spotted a listing for another Ketubah artist, Judith Joseph. Her paintings dance with spirituality. She is a dynamic storyteller who intermingles content with composition and textures emotion with color.
Lisa commissioned Judith to create a painting that shows the story of Grace is Born. Then, using images from the original painting, she worked collaboratively with graphic artist Lisa Kaczer to synthesize words with images. The final edits, cover, and interior book design were finalized this spring.
As a new author herself, Lisa encourages others: “Suspend disbelief and answer your call. Embrace all that is, was, and will be.” As she continues to work at bringing her book to publication, she adds:
My prayer is that Grace is Born will inspire all of us to step up to our divine assignments, perform Purposeful Acts of Compassion, and become “Instruments of Change.”
We are the voice of Grace,
Singing in symphonic composition
With our Creator.
Let’s sing, let’s shout, and let the word out!
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