Louder Than Thunder

by Cheryl K. Hawkins

A raw and evocative firsthand account of the events of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina and its ensuing weeks of a harrowing ordeal for everyone involved.


This is the story of how my encounter with Hurricane Katrina has enriched my life. It is not written to be politically correct, nor is it politically motivated. It is simply a testimony of the faithfulness, mercy, and grace of God toward our family.

You’ve heard stories about how Hurricane Katrina victims looted stores, abused little girls, and turned to violence in the Superdome in New Orleans.  However, not many people have told you of the thousands of unsung heroes, regular, everyday people who rescued neighbors—whole families—from the rising waters of Lake Ponchartrain and the Gulf Coast as the levees broke. Here are a few of those stories as we follow Cheryl and Emile Hawkins from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to new lives in metro Atlanta.

To the unsung heroes of Hurricane Katrina,
Thank you!

A highly recommended book with a heartwarming perspective of how a tragedy has turned into a blessing by humbling ourselves before God and getting a grasp on the situation of why a loving God allows suffering…

The Moving Words Review

In this book, Louder than Thunder, Cheryl has put the reader in the midst of this huge disaster, to experience the tragedy and triumphant. With the turn of each page, the pounding heartbeats of each individual were felt. This is a magnificent piece of work that teaches how God can take us through a devastating ordeal and allows us to STAND!

Dr. Irene S. Easley, author of Sex and the Christian Wife

I watched the news with disbelief about the accounts of devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  However, as is often the case when hearing of events of such magnitude, there is a surreal feeling associated with the images being presented by the media.  In this concise, but poignant account of one little New Orleans family’s struggle for survival in the ravages of this monster storm, Cheryl provides a window into the firsthand experiences of these “victims turned victors” by abiding in the power and grace of Jesus Christ. I greatly enjoyed this book and I pray that you also will find it captivating.   

Janet W.

This book is well worth your time and investment.  The journey is real and leaves you with hope. Great book.  Quick read.  

Sharon,  Amazon customer

Author Bio

Cheryl Hawkins was born on November 19th to the union of Emile and Meriam Hawkins and is the oldest of five children. She grew up in the Church of God in Christ and gave her heart to Jesus at age 16. She also embarked upon music ministry by playing the piano for the youth choir of her church that same year.

Cheryl graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunications. Afterwards, she attended graduate school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Orleans. She has taught elementary school for over 35 years and resides in suburban Atlanta where she is now retired.

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