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Faith Is a Verb: It Always Precedes the Miracle

by Lorraine Ferebee

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In a time when “Negros knew their place,” in a small community hidden behind the cornfields just outside of Virginia Beach, Lorraine Ferebee began a journey that would take her throughout the United States and to Europe. Lorraine Ferebee’s parents and grandparents had big dreams for her generation, and Ferebee was taught that Dr. King had marched and died so that she would have opportunities, perhaps become a professional, a doctor or a lawyer. But Ferebee became fascinated with horses at a young age and believed that her destiny would somehow include horses. She wanted to emulate the spirit of the horse, to be a giver, to learn how to acquiesce, to find her true voice and speak her truth. Her life journey did indeed include horses. After years of dedicated training, she was able to enjoy her time riding and teaching while earning a living as an equestrian. But Ferebee’s journey was not solely about horses. It was about finding out what motivated her, over and over again, and then going for it, over and over again. Her story is about faith, perseverance, and resilience—that’s the realization of the dream that Dr. King preached. Always be curious and open to new interests and new goals. Follow the path in front of you, and the way forward will be made clear.


ISBN: 978-1-951651-44-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-951651-45-7 (ebook)

LCCN: 2022940193

Released July 5, 2022
Copyright 2022

176 pages; 23 full-color images

Author Biography

Born Lorraine Sandra Ferebee and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lorraine graduated from Westmoreland-Davis International Equestrian Institute at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, in 1986 and was soon certified by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program. After graduation she traveled throughout the US with Sally Swift, author of Centered Riding. Lorraine completed the four-year teacher training program at the Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia, becoming an Alexander Technique Teacher. She also completed a two-year study of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement. Saundra combined these three disciplines and created a unique semester-long syllabus and curriculum: Classical Riding and the Alexander Technique, which was published in Dressage Today, July 2001. She taught this class at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, for several years while continuing to travel throughout the US and abroad, teaching three- and four-day Centered Riding clinics. While living in New York City, Lorraine served as an Auxiliary Mounted Officer for the New York City Park Enforcement Patrol. She was also invited to join the Harlem Writers Guild. Along with her husband, this mother of three, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of five currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Lorraine’s experiences and adventures proved to be fertile ground for this memoir. Her vision is to see this book produced as a film.


In a time when “Negros knew their place,” in a small community hidden behind the cornfields just outside of Virginia Beach, Lorraine Ferebee began a journey that would take her throughout the United States and to Europe.

Faith Is a Verb will inspire and encourage you to share your story with the world, to teach your Truth.

Lorraine Ferebee shares her story of overcoming the feelings of unbelonging (in school and industry) due to race, age, and socio-economic class in order to live her dream.

Faith Is A Verb offers a compelling personal history of a time and place, a moving portrait of faith and perseverance, and offers the reader a peek into the delights and challenges of the equestrian world.

Gratitude, perseverance, and resilience are the qualities this book aims to inspire.

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