Maybe God Was Busy retraces one woman’s journey growing up behind the tourist veil of Jamaica, one of the most beloved islands in the world. It is a raw, unaltered look at an idyllic childhood interrupted by chronic sexual abuse. From molestation, to incest, to sex with the “church brother,” to sex with the voodoo practitioner charged with saving a dying brother, to a pregnancy and abortion—sans anesthesia—at age 15, everything is revealed. Maybe God Was Busy is truly raw and authentic—a memoir saturated with abuse, survival, forgiveness, triumph and redemption—and yes laughter.
About the AuthorWriter, editor, event producer, social entrepreneur and activist, Julie Marie Mansfield was named one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women of 2009 (Success South Florida Magazine), and was also featured in South Florida CEO Magazine. She is a highly esteemed, creative, innovative, independent thinker who has spent the last 15 years as a seasoned public- and private-sector professional. She is a native of Jamaica who has lived in New York, Australia and Austria before calling Miami home. Julie is a strong ally of the arts and of non-profit organizations, having founded Give Me Dignity, Inc., a not-for-profit organization aimed at restoring dignity to victims of childhood sexual abuse and disenfranchisement. Julie is a true Virgo who enjoys the arts, social activism, fashion, traveling, tennis, dancing, world music, gourmet cooking and yes, Karaoke.