A Brown Girl’s Epiphany:
Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power
By Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt
You already have all you need to step into the fullness of your power.
Each of us has traumas, triggers, and painful experiences that have shaped our existence in this world. We carry these burdens with us as we navigate the realities of our lives. Learning to embody the truth of imago Dei is our catalyst for healing. We are each made in the image of God, and the Spirit of God lives within us. Therefore, we are allowed to listen to our Spirit. We are invited to develop our own Divine intuition, and we are empowered to trust our inner voice. We don’t need anyone else’s permission to navigate our life and faith, except our own.
With the powerful voice of a woman, pastor, mother, and advocate, Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt gives us the compassionate nudge and tools we need to access our inner authority. By stepping out of harmful belief systems informed by white supremacy and scarcity, we can step into healthy paradigms of abundance, liberation, and power. A Brown Girl’s Epiphany is a love letter to all of us in need of guidance on our journey. Honest, vulnerable, and humble, Pratt imagines a world where the walking wounded become the fully healed and liberated, where our inner work becomes the starting point for creating heaven on earth.
A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power
“We need more brave storytellers in this world, and Aurelia Dávila Pratt is one of them. This is a book about stepping into our sacred power, which requires telling the truth about ourselves and the white supremacy that engulfs the world around us. Aurelia’s words are a gift to brown women, to remember that you are not alone, and a gift to white folks, to remember that creating a better world requires the work of us all.” —Kaitlin B. Curtice, author of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God
“A Brown Girl’s Epiphany is a brave and bold invitation to step out of the spaces and frameworks that keep us from our fullness—and to step into our own liberation. With honesty and vulnerability, Aurelia Dávila Pratt takes us on her journey of healing in this powerful and deeply personal debut. It is a sacred gift to us all.” —Kat Armas, author of Abuelita Faith and host of The Protagonistas podcast
“When I was five years old, my Mexican mother asked me if anyone ever made fun of me for the color of my skin. I knew I was different from that day forward, and I also knew that being brown meant that I needed to learn how to navigate this world of cascading supremacies. I wish I had this book when I was growing up, so that I knew how to let go of the bullshit and lean into my power. This book is a revolutionary epiphany and will help any of us who are multiply marginalized to step into the divine power that we enflesh. ¡Viva la raza!” —Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, author of Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation and Activist Theology
“Aurelia Dávila Pratt’s work is an offering to the brown girls like me—the ones who heard whiteness tell them they were too ugly, heard society tell them they were too much, heard the church tell them they were too sinful. It is an invitation to let go and to explore the fullness of who we are, where we’ve come from, and how we want to be in the world.” —AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, educator, consultant, writer, and artist; founder of En Conjunto, cocurator of the Digital Dine-In Project
“Aurelia’s story is as contagious as it is courageous, inviting us to remember and recover our true selves and to come alive to the beautiful mystery within, around, and beyond us.” —Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, deputy director and Chief Faith Officer of Faith in Action; host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast
“Aurelia Dávila Pratt’s words are more than an invitation—they are a sacred nudge inspiring the once-silenced, once-small flame within you to burst forth boldly and brilliantly, no longer afraid to shine. If you’ve ever struggled to trust yourself, to know your worth, or to take up your space in the world, this book is for you.” —Rev. Kyndall Rae Rothaus, author of Thy Queendom Come and Preacher Breath; co-founder and executive director of Nevertheless She Preached
“A Brown Girl’s Epiphany is the book I wish I’d had when I was a young Latina struggling with my identity. For those of us forced by oppressive systems to disconnect from our racial and ethnic identities, this book offers the opportunity to heal our wounds and affirm our beauty and worth. This book will delight and challenge you as you discover your own epiphanies along the way.” —Karen González, author of The God Who Sees and Beyond Welcome
“Aurelia Dávila Pratt writes with honesty, beauty, and courage about her journey. All who give themselves to A Brown Girl’s Epiphany will find themselves at least a little more whole, discover themselves a few more steps down the road to healing and liberation.” —Greg Garrett, author of A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Repentance and Greg Garrett and Rowan Williams: A Conversation
“A Brown Girl’s Epiphany is beaming with wisdom and intention. Deconstructing whiteness can be very isolating; Aurelia brilliantly emphasizes the importance of connecting to communities of origin and one’s deep-seated knowledge in the whole process. To all the brown women who’ve been told they are not enough, Aurelia’s book will guide you back to yourself and onward to new heights.” —Sandy Ovalle, space-curator, table-setter, creator, and cohost of Café with Comadres podcast; director of campaigns, Sojourners
“A Brown Girl’s Epiphany presents unashamed permission to know the strength of our personal stories. Aurelia ushers us into embracing our fullness by the witty and raw insights that help us reimagine how her experience and ours connect to collective healing. Her transparent journey is the timely message we need in the world now.” —Rev. Brittany Graves, spiritual entrepreneur, all-around advocate, and cohost of Nuance Tea podcast
“This book is a treasure. The gift of this book is that by ‘seeing’ clearly, we are empowered to begin the gritty work of unraveling our own life and to journey toward the loving embrace of the Divine. Aurelia J. Dávila Pratt’s story is also an oasis of rest, refreshment, and recovery of hope.” —Rev. Dr. Isabel N. Docampo, retired, director of the Latino/a Center for the Study of Christianity and Religions, and co-director of the intern program, Perkins School of Theology/SMU, Dallas, Texas
“Aurelia Dávila Pratt has gifted us a book that weaves sacred stories of her childhood into an account of a liberating faith that counters white-supremacist theologies. This work is timely and necessary; it fills a chasm in the literature on the intersection of brownness, biography, and belief.” —Alicia M. Reyes-Barriéntez, PhD, assistant professor of political science, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
“Aurelia Dávila Pratt invites her readers to sojourn with her toward a deeper understanding of themselves and of God if they are courageous enough to open their hearts and their minds to listen and reflect on what she has to share.” —Bethany Rivera Molinar, executive director, Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach
“Aurelia calls out the systems and myths that have kept too many of us on the sidelines of our own lives and communities and calls us into the liberating rhythm of abundance. This is the book you want to buy for all the women in your life who are wanting to break out of narratives of domination and step into their own intuition and power. Let the liberating begin!” —Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, cohost of Café with Comadres podcast and cofounder of Kinship Commons
Aurelia Dávila Prattis a pastor, writer, and sacred spacemaker who finds joy in helping people live into the fullness of their God-given divine image. She is the lead pastor as well as a founder of Peace of Christ Church in Round Rock, Texas, and co-creator and cohost of the Nuance Tea Podcast, where she is redefining what it means to be a clergywoman of color. She lives in Texas with her husband and young daughter. (Photo by Chelsa Carr at/with Crowned by CK Photography)