Two-Volume Series

Journey with Alana as she uses the power of storytelling to share lessons on overcoming adversity and building resilience. Through her story, she shares the power of love to heal and change lives.

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Hurting people hurt people, but love changes that. The memoir in the making during the journey to save her son. Love is a Catalyst: the Pain Behind the Purpose (Volume 2) is an inspiring memoir of overcoming adversity and growing in faith.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. (Rom. 8:37)

Alana was an accomplished professional, wife, and mother. But despite seeming to have it all together, she still struggled with the pain and brokenness from her childhood: just a few months before her high school graduation, Alana’s mother was murdered. Despite her agony, she persevered through college, storing up her pain in her closet. When the grief became too much to bear, she would retreat to her closet to cry.

This method of self-preservation carried her through the rigor of an engineering degree and the start of a successful career. But when she became an instant mom by marrying a man with three young boys, she realized just how important wholeness was.  After a series of breakthroughs and setbacks, she had an encounter with God in the closet that changed her perspective on her life’s hurts, and solidified her faith in her Redeemer.

Love is a Catalyst: The Pain Behind the Purpose is an inspirational memoir about a resilient woman who overcame pain and brokenness to find and fulfill her purpose. Let her story inspire you to press on.

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Blended families are complicated! Add a cancer diagnosis and years of unresolved hurt, and you need a miracle. Love is a Catalyst (Volume 1) demonstrates how the power of LOVE healed a family.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

In 2010, Rodney and Alana were making preparations for their tenth wedding anniversary, a milestone that also marked ten years as a blended family. Making the decision to marry a man with three young boys was not difficult, but getting her new sons to love her was. While Alana was determined (sometimes too much so) to create a new, happy family, the journey was not without its challenges. No matter how hard she tried, her eldest continued to act out, bringing up past hurts from her childhood. Then, while writing her memoir about her own journey to adulthood, their family was dealt an even more devastating blow.

After their eighteen-year-old prodigal son rejected his family, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. This is the account of the spiritual journey that restored him, and brought healing to the whole family. Love is a Catalyst is an inspiring, personal story of love and reconciliation.