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Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness, and Love




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Book Description


Growing up, they didn’t believe they had a future. Together, they are building forever. Alexis Black persevered through her mother’s death and her father’s imprisonment. And after escaping a long and abusive relationship, the college junior promised her foster parents not to date for at least a year. But when she meets an incoming freshman on the first day of their scholarship program, she feels the world melt away, as though it were only the two of them in the room.

Justin Black lived in the poorest section of Detroit before his parents surrendered him to the foster care system at the age of nine. But when he grabs the chance for better opportunities by pursuing higher education, he can’t help but be drawn to a beautiful third-year student. At first, their past traumas--and their age difference--conspired to complicate their attraction. But the joy each took in the other and eventually conquered those obstacles, and these two survivors journeyed together toward healing. In a stark and wholehearted true story that shares how two individuals on separate paths found each other, Alexis and Justin merge their course into one full of hope and purpose. And hand-in-hand, with a desire to help others, they learned to reject the abusive patterns of their past, thereby intentionally breaking the cycle of generational violence and unhealthy behaviors.

Written in an engaging novelistic style, the authors put forward a thoughtful exchange of ideas and personal experiences illustrating how anybody, no matter their backgrounds, can have a life of self-empowerment and joy. Broken down into four sections that cover crucial topics such as “Worthiness” and “Mental Health,” this compelling narrative will help any who are learning to love themselves and want to end the line of toxic relationships.

Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love is a page-turning memoir that will open your eyes to possibilities and dreams. If you like honest tales of triumph, refreshing transparency, and resilient faith in God, then you’ll adore Justin and Alexis’ inspirational story. This story contains mentions of domestic violence, trauma, sexual assault, and other difficult issues faced on the road to healing. Buy Redefining Normal to claim victory over harmful pasts today!


Editorial Review

by Michael Beas


In their emotionally charged memoir, "Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness, and Love," authors Alexis Black and Justin Black share their remarkable journey from the depths of the foster care system to finding hope, healing, and a sense of belonging.


Through alternating narratives, Alexis and Justin take turns recounting their experiences growing up in foster care, navigating the challenges and hardships that come with it. Their voices are raw, honest, and incredibly powerful, drawing readers into their world of adversity and resilience.


One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to shed light on the often overlooked realities of the foster care system. The authors fearlessly tackle difficult topics such as abuse, neglect, and the struggles of foster children searching for stability and love. Their firsthand accounts provide a rare glimpse into the emotional rollercoaster that many foster children endure.

The Black siblings' resilience and determination to rise above their circumstances are truly inspiring. Despite facing numerous setbacks, they never lose sight of their dreams and aspirations. Their unwavering spirit serves as a beacon of hope, proving that it is possible to break free from the cycle of trauma and redefine one's own destiny.


What sets this memoir apart from the all the rest is the deep sense of vulnerability and authenticity that the authors bring to their storytelling. They do not shy away from sharing their darkest moments, nor do they hesitate to express their genuine emotions. By baring their souls, Alexis and Justin allow readers to connect with them on a profound level, evoking empathy, compassion, and admiration. That is something that is lacking in this world... Honesty in the deepest shadows of what makes us human.


The book is not just a tale of survival; it is also a testament to the power of love, healing, and the importance of human connection. The bond between the siblings is a constant thread throughout the narrative, providing solace and support in times of despair. Their resilience is further reinforced by the love and guidance of the few compassionate individuals who entered their lives, proving the transformative impact that caring relationships can have on vulnerable children.


"Redefining Normal" is a poignant memoir that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of two foster children determined to rise above their circumstances. Alexis Black and Justin Black's powerful storytelling and unyielding spirit make this book a compelling read, capturing the essence of hope, healing, and the transformative power of love. Their story serves as a reminder that no matter how difficult the journey, it is always possible to redefine normal and find happiness, even against all odds. It is anything but normal, it is remarkable.




About The Author(s)


Justin and Alexis are authors, speakers, business owners and part of the Forbes Next 1000 class of 2021. Together, they’ve published a twelve-time, award-winning, international bestselling book titled Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love that has impacted over 25,000 individuals and families. Now they are releasing a new children's book teaching the principles of love titled I Love You More Than Cereal: Maeva and Dad Redefine Love. With ROSE (Rising Over Societal Expectations) Empowerment Group and Redefining Normal, they hope to continue the conversation on healthy relationships, mental health, and healing to help others create a life worth living. With their new venture, Story to Stages, they are supporting others in creating a brand and getting on stage to share their story and expertise.


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