In the Beginning

I knew that when I first read the synopsis of Red Lip Theology that I would have to prepare myself for this experience. As the release date drew closer I knew that my pre-order planning had positioned me to have the book right away. Then January 18, 2022, came and my phone notification popped up that I could begin reading the work

I froze.

This book has been sitting in my queue for weeks and it wasn’t until today when my girlfriend told me she was reading it and that she needed a group of women to discuss this with that I tapped my tile and got into it.

This book is already emotional for me.

I am one of those “born in church” babies. No really, my mama went into labor with me during service on Sunday, June 22, 1980, at Happy Home Missionary Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, where her father, my grandfather, presided as pastor. And while Candice Benbow begins her book rooted in her hometown of Winston-Salem, much of what she observed as a child I can attest to being aware of 331 miles south in my hometown.

This read started me off in tears. The tears are not exactly sad though as I think about it they do guard a reservoir of sadness that I carry with me when I think about my relationship with The Church.

Yeah, I think I need the women’s book club too.


Marta is an award winning filmmaker, writer and producer committed to sharing the rich and complex stories of America’s Heartland region.  Marta wears several hats as Chief Creative-in-Charge of MartaGwyn Productions, LLC as well as the Co-Founder and Senior Grant Writer of Youngblood and Associates, LLC and Chief Operations Officer of Marta Collier Educational Systems and Services, LLC.

Marta is also the founder and editor-in-chief of TheWRITEaddiction.  An online community of writers that publish creative and inspirational works daily at www.TheWriteAddiction.com.

Marta is an alumna of The Ohio State University and Tougaloo College with degrees in Sociology and English-Journalism and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and unconventional college sweetheart of 10 years, Terrance Youngblood.

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