The Colorful Image of God
A White Christian’s Guide to Doing Better
About the Book
In The Colorful Image of God, Katherine B. Martin, a White woman who has spent most of her career working in social justice, shares her spiritual awakening to race and racism that started more than a decade ago. Combining vulnerable anecdotes with academic and historical teaching, she highlights the disconnect between the Christian belief of imago Dei and the injustices that Black people, and other People of Color, face today. By normalizing bias through personal stories, Katherine gently calls other White Christians into what can be intimidating conversations in order to inspire them to play a bigger role in uprooting racial injustice. In her words, “I want our love for God, rooted in his great love for us, to propel us to fight for the rights of others like our very lives depend on it.”
“As our nation continues to wrestle with issues of race, justice and equity, new voices are needed to enhance and deepen the conversation. Rooted in a Christian world-view, Katherine’s Colorful Image of God offers a personal, practical and hopeful perspective to equip readers in becoming agents of transformation, reconciliation and lasting societal change.”
—Bruce Main, President/Founder, UrbanPromise Ministries
About the Author
Katherine B. Martin was born in Tennessee, spent her middle school years in New York, and attended high school in Georgia. Since then, she has lived in more than a dozen cities and towns and currently calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. She obtained a BA from Wake Forest University and had the opportunity to take a class from Maya Angelou during this time. Angelou’s heartbeat for people and mantra that “we are more alike than different” was a piece of the inspiration for this book. Katherine holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has more than twenty years of work experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and has spent most of her career fighting for educational equity for children. Outside of work, she is passionate about lending her time, skills, and resources to other organizations who are working to help all God’s people experience an abundant life.
Katherine has always had a love for writing but other than her graduate school admissions essay being chosen for Princeton Review’s Business School Essays That Made a Difference, she has mostly written in her private journals! It was in 2018 that she felt called to share a piece of her story with others, her spiritual awakening to what it means to be a White person in America trying to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” This calling has culminated in The Colorful Image of God, which is her first book.
Katherine is married to her husband, Lee, and they have three young children. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves hanging out with friends, traveling, and running with a good podcast in her ear. She recently started blogging at KatherineLearns.com.