Innocence Before Deception
by Valarie Gray
Innocence BEFORE Deception takes you on a journey into the life of a young girl growing up in a simple and humble home. At age 15, naive Valarie wanted to make friends at church, school and in the neighborhood. Like most teenage girls, she desired to have fun outside of her normal surroundings. She never imagined such a deceptive plan crafted at the hands of others would take her innocence and force her to replay a tragic event affecting her life forever. Like many young victims, Valarie struggled to make sense of the horror she suffered. Although she chose to remain silent about the crime, her inner strength was remarkable as she trusted God to the very end. Valarie shares her story in the hope of encouraging hearts to have compassion for young girls and women who navigate life feeling confused, isolated, and socially unsophisticated while enduring some of the most unimaginable life lessons as she depicts in, Innocence BEFORE Deception.
About the Author
Valarie Gray is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She has a humble, funny, down to earth personality that is often contagious. Valarie believes that no matter how many challenging situations you encounter in life, something great is bound to happen if you keep the faith and push forward. She enjoys being in the presence of those who love making a difference in the lives of others. After years of finance work in Corporate America, God began opening doors at faith-based nonprofit organizations where she watches God manifest up close to hurting people. Reunited after 30 years, Valarie married her childhood friend Derrice Gray in 2016, and she knows he is the man God chose for her. Her favorite thing to say is God has a funny sense of humor.