Mar. 25—THOMASVILLE — Andre' Hadley Marria's recently-published book — "The Songs I Could Not Sing" — reveals a woman coming to terms with herself and what she has to give, according to the author.
Marria described the book as short stories in a poetic style, with a collection of heart-gripping photographs and poems of love, friendships, beauty and hope.
"It is a selection of words that reflect a spirit in search of acceptance and inclusion. They are thoughts that freed me from resentments and directed me in the pursuit of forgiveness. Many of us on this journey need to forgive our entire past transgressors and their transgressions. It is the healing of a heart, which begged for love, acceptance and the coming of age," she explained.
Marria has been writing poetry since age 15. She has kept her writings on pieces of paper and in journals.
"It was a journey from resentment to healing," Marria said.
The book will be available at a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum. "The Songs I Could Not Sing" also is available at www.SongsSpokensSpoken.com.
"The discovery is that there was never a true separation," she said. "It's the celebration of an inner child achieving and acknowledging self-acceptance that she was a very significant part of the whole. These pages contain thoughts, pictures and stories of a life that has touched, shared, loved and healed. It is an offering that embraces the belief that this act of sharing will lead others in the discovery of their true selves and to their own inner and outer rays of beauty and hope."
Marria is a Christian, wife, poet, therapist, mother, a woman for all seasons, author, professionally trained singer and mental health counselor.
A 1969 graduate of Douglass High School, the Thomasville native graduated from Fort Valley State College in 1973, with a B.S. degree in music and with a degree in mental health counseling in 1975.
A lyric soprano, she sings in the Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson genre and has sung jazz.
Marria was a mental health first responder in the 9/11 Ground Zero Red Cross disaster relief effort and is retired from the Department of Family & Children Services.
She and her husband, Walter Marria Jr., have been married 47 years. Marria has two sons and raised her sister's two daughters.