Iona (Griggs) Hollins completed her bachelor of arts in education at Chicago Teachers’ College (now Chicago State University) in December 1963 and a master’s of arts in school counseling at Governors State University in Park Forest, Illinois, in 1976. She taught twenty-one years in the Chicago public schools and twenty-one years in the Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri. Iona retired from a career of teaching, counseling, and librarianship in June 2007. She spends her time keeping up with her nine grandchildren, volunteering at her church in various women’s ministries, researching and writing about her ancestry, and writing books for and about her grandchildren. This is her second book about Bible classes she has taught and her fifteenth published book.