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Alumna Discusses Second Book December 12, 2020

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“If you’re feeling lonely, doubtful and hurt—you aren’t alone. But what if you realized you can experience true trust?”

Many women joke about having trust issues—laughing at their struggle because it feels common but secretly feeling there is no hope. Grace Valentine was one of them. In her 20s she realized her trust issues were not humorous because in reality hers were trust issues with Jesus, her community, her family, and herself. And they were destroying her faith. Valentine creatively told herself she was simply being realistic, but the truth was, she was entangled with doubt and lies.

In her second book, Is It Just Me?, she focuses on trust. It’s about learning to trust God in doubts and fears….

“We put walls up, struggle …. We need to hear, ‘Yes, I understand.’ We don’t need to fake it til we make it. We need to trust God and not pretend. There’s always so much uncertainty. Life is always moving and shaping us…. I’m a firm believer … that a bad thing can turn into a good thing if we make it a God thing.”

The book offers readers a new perspective by helping them find answers to five deeply felt questions:

• Am I the only one who is tired, overwhelmed, doubting, and fearful?
• Am I the only one who feels hurt and lonely?
• Am I the only one who still is struggling to find my purpose?
• Am I the only one struggling to trust that God is there?
• Am I the only one confused about how to be an adult?

Valentine graduated from Baylor in May of 2018 with a degree in Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.

Valentine’s journey to becoming a published author began with blogging for various websites as a Baylor freshman, when she launched her own website and blog, which has since been viewed by more than 6 million people from all over the world. Even then, inspired by her own doubts and worries, she was writing to encourage young women not to hold themselves to the world’s expectations. Publishers took note.

“Grace was an outstanding student in two of my courses at Baylor,” Professor and Chair Mia Moody-Ramirez said. “She was a hard worker and so very humble. It wasn’t until her book was about to come out that I found out she was an influencer.”

Valentine is still down to earth. She invites her readers to be her–FRIEND.

Am I Enough? was Baylor JPR&NM alumna’s first book published by HarperCollins Publishing. The book encourages young women to stop comparing themselves to others in this world, pointing to Scriptures such as 1 John 2:15-16. Her personal story and perceptive insights show other young women that not only are they are not alone, they can trust God in the middle of their hurts, doubts, and fears.

Valentine bought a house in Orlando just before COVID-19. She’d worked for a church for two years but transitioned to full-time writing to focus  “Is It Just Me?”



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