LAURA JAMES has been a professional artist and illustrator for over 20 years. In addition to painting sacred images from various religions, she portrays women, families, and everyday life, blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors, and surreal imagery. She is best known for her illustrations in an award-winning edition of the Book of the Gospels
lectionary (Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL). Her style is reminiscent of Ethiopian Christian Art.
KATARA WASHINGTON PATTON has written and edited Christian books for children, teens, and adults and has created supplemental materials for books by T.D. Jakes, Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyer. She served as general editor and writer of Aspire: The New Women of Color Study Bible. She holds a M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.