Meet Shani

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Known for her candid and conversational style delivery, Shani draws from inspirational bible passages and transparently shares her “messy” life experiences to help others recognize God’s presence and guidance through each step of life transformation.

She uses her books as a tool to help those feeling spiritually disconnected to build a personal relationship with God, by shifting their mindset and developing daily habits through prayer and faith practices. Shani speaks nationally to varied audiences, offering insightful spiritual instruction, and encouraging all to transform their mess into a life-changing testimony.

I Love Sharing My Mess…

I was born in Los Angeles, California on September 30th to Patricia Mae. I don’t believe it was an accident that the hospital was named Queen of Angels.

In 1982, my mother and I moved to a little town nestled in the Catskill Mountains, Hancock, New York

I met lifelong friends, I went to church, Emory United Methodist, I learned to play violin, I was a girl scout, I went to leadership camps, church camps, I played basketball, volleyball, and even football. I laughed, I cried, I prayed, I learned scriptures, I began to write.

After high school, I went to Hampton University. I changed majors 3 times, I met more lifelong friends, I suffered loss, I cried more than I laughed, I continued to write.

After college, I moved to DC, I worked, I met more friends, I laughed, I cried, I had a son, and then married, had a daughter, and then a divorce. I worked, I cried, I prayed. I wandered. I was lost. I kept writing. I began to seek, but I was broken. I met a comedian, I began to laugh again. I was still seeking. I lost my mother, I had another daughter, and twin girls, lost one. I got married. I joined Faith Church in Washington, DC, I began to work. I began to heal. I kept writing.

It was in the middle of a lot of mess in my life, (most by the choices I made, but a few because that’s just part of life} that I realized that Jesus is real and tangible. He is more than a song, He is bigger than anything and everything I could imagine. And, I wholeheartedly believe that it is my calling to empower lives to get to know Jesus in a way that will transform your life.

I love me some Jesus! I love my soul food Sundays with my family. I love food, coffee, hosting parties, playing cards, watching TV, sunsets, daylight savings time, a road trip with my girlfriends, and a good ole laugh.