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Title: Those Sandals

Those Sandals A Memoir by Portia Shipman


The completion of this book marks a significant journey, and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the incredible individuals who made it possible. I am profoundly blessed and thankful for the grace and mercy that God has showered upon my life. God, the true author of my existence, is known by various names, but His omnipresence is undeniable. In the midst of our lives, His presence surrounds us, a guiding force we only need to attune our hearts to.

To my family and friends, your unwavering support and encouragement have been my pillars throughout this long process. Your belief in me fueled my determination, and I am indebted to each one of you for being a crucial part of this journey.

I am humbled by the realization that God's healing power resides within us. Believing in His ability to heal is the first step towards our own healing. I navigate life with a profound understanding that His strength is a guiding force within me. Living without regrets is a testament to the transformative power of faith and the acceptance of His divine plan.

In acknowledging the divine presence in my life and the support of my loved ones, I embrace the next chapter with a heart full of gratitude and a spirit filled with purpose.

Thank you for being a part of this journey.

~Portia Shipman, Author


My Story

Portia Shipman: A Shero's Diary

Prepare to meet a shero, someone whose inspiring story will soon unfold before you. Sheroes not only inspire us to save lives but also compel us to become the best versions of ourselves.

What lies in your hands is not just a book; it is the intimate diary of a shero. These are the heartfelt words of a resilient Black woman, Portia Shipman, who triumphed over abuse, anguish, uncertainty, and pain to raise four remarkable children. She not only defied the odds but also established two successful home care businesses, accumulating over a million dollars in the process. This is the journey of a woman who, driven by her passion, founded a remarkable nonprofit committed to eradicating domestic violence and embarked on many more ventures waiting for you to discover.

Her message is clear: You are beautiful, and you deserve to live free from abuse.

While some names, dates, and places have been altered to safeguard the privacy of those involved, what you are about to experience is the unfiltered, uncensored story of the one and only Portia Shipman! Get ready for a narrative that is both raw and empowering, a testament to the strength that resides within every individual who refuses to be defined by their past.

Chapter 1- I Shouldn’t Have Worn Those Sandals
“I shouldn’t have worn those sandals… Yeah, we’ve got to start with those sandals,” I told him as he sat in my office. 
I had no idea how to write a book or if anything I had to share would be helpful, but our spirit knows better than our fears. And my spirit had been telling
me for years that I needed to write a book, so here it is. 
Well, kinda. I am much better at talking than writing, so I collaborated with Mr. Odell Bizzell II, a well-known writer and nationally recognized speaker. Odell presented me with a unique idea.
“Mrs. Portia, give me all of your words and I’ll organize them for you, how’s that?”
“I’m not a great writer, so I wouldn’t know what to write down to give you to organize,” I responded in hope that we could still work something out. For a second, he sat there, and he looked away. I could tell he was deep in thought.

Those Sandals A Memoir by Portia Shipman

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