Alexis Black - Justin Black

REDEFINING NORMAL: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love

Jan 21, 2021 | 5 p.m. | Online discussion

Please join us for the inaugural Books by Broncos event featuring and online reading and discussion with WMU graduates and authors Alexis Lenderman-Black and Justin Black 

Who could overcome the depths of the foster care system and find love on the other side? “Redefining Normal” is a story of beating the odds and creating a life worth living. In this journey, Justin and Alexis’ faith takes a central role as they support each other on it to find the power to touch others’ lives to make them better. In this book, Justin and Alexis take you along their journey of discovering normalcy while describing their meaning of love based upon their experiences in the child welfare system. Alexis and Justin started their journey in Flint and Detroit, MI, faced with the barriers of abuse, neglect, and addiction. Their environment shaped their identity and plagued their growth. After recognizing the toxic generational patterns placed upon them by family and society, they were forced to accept the task of redefining themselves and the world in the midst of their love story. This book will force you to question your idea of what is normal and who/what shaped your identity no matter your life story, background, or culture. The book also touches upon other important themes such as mental health, race, ommunication, and generational curses.


Both Alexis and Justin are proud foster care alumni as well as recent WMU graduates, authors, and business owners. Together, they've created ROSE (Rising Over Societal  expectations) Empowerment Group, a company structured to close the information gap for young adults as well as The Scholarship Expert where they support students to graduate debt-free while obtaining the skills needed to be successful. Now, they are releasing Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love to share their story of how they've had to redefine what love and healthy relationships look like.

This event is free and open to the public. Link to discussion above.