Powerful Publishing

Powerful Publishing evolved for the purpose of producing the book, GRIT, Not Grits.  The mission of Powerful Publishing is to break down the barriers for those with challenges while encouraging inclusion.   


Meet the Team


Lisa Cox: Author

Lisa Cox is the mom of three grown boys. She was an elementary school counselor and educator for 24 years. Lisa's hobbies include writing books, camping, and boxing. Lisa is passionate about empowering and encouraging people through her writing. Her first co-authored children's book was released the summer of 2017. It is titled Not Yet. Lisa's perspective on life is also seen through the lenses of one who battles Parkinson's Disease. Her motto is embrace today. It is the only one you have. It's a beautiful day.



Tammi Beck: Illustrator

Tamara Powlen Beck is an American graphic designer, illustrator, author and founder of True Pure Brave Art. Born and raised in Central Indiana, she was graduated from Anderson University with a graphic design degree and went on to create top logos and graphics work for the NCAA, Kiwanis International and NHRA.

Beck founded True Pure Brave Art which not only sells her pen and watercolor illustrations, but leads art programs for children and is creating a series of children’s books dedicated to teaching character through art. With God’s guiding love, she encourages everyone to “bravely embrace your uniqueness and live a life of character. You were created perfectly, after all.”

Check out truepurebrave.com.



Marcie Cates: Parent Contributor

Marcie brings the parent's perspective to GRIT, Not Grits as her 9 year old daughter has cerebral palsy.  Cates is a seasoned event marketing and fundraising professional with over 20 years of experience with the following organizations: NCAA, 500 Festival, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Girls on the Run of Central Indiana and numerous community events.

Marcie & her husband founded HELD - Helping, Elevating & Loving those with Differences along with 2 other families who were brought together sharing a passion to encourage and help children with challenges. 



UCPAIndy: Partner

UCPAIndy works to eliminate barriers that keep people with cerebral palsy from reaching their potential.  As barriers fall, people with cerebral palsy can act on their own talents and abilities to pursue their dreams.  When people are free to utilize their gifts, they can work, have families, create and enrich our community.  Find out more about UCP at: