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The Color of Grace: How One Woman's Brokenness Brought Healing and Hope to Child Survivors of War by [Williams, Bethany Haley]
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A middle-class woman in rural America and war-affected children in Africa find common ground in their journeys from brokenness to redemption.

Author and psychologist Bethany Haley Williams shares how her own emotional healing led her into treacherous war zones, where she provides care to former child soldiers and young girls used as sex slaves.

Faced with her own battle with shame and a rocky journey toward healing, Bethany founded Exile International, a nonprofit that implements art/expressive therapy and long-term, rehabilitative care to restore and empower war-affected children—including children rescued from Joseph Kony’s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).

One of those rescued young men, Solomon, was abducted at the age of ten after being forced to watch LRA soldiers maim and murder his father and grandfather. His younger siblings were left behind, and his mother was instructed to “raise them well…for one day we’ll return to take them too.” Solomon is one of hundreds of thousands of boys and girls who have had their innocence stolen and are forced to do the unthinkable on a daily basis. But their horrific experiences are just the beginning. The real story is what happens after.

Once these children learn to face their pasts, they are given hope for a future and a vision for changing the fabric of their countries by becoming leaders for peace and advocates of the power of forgiveness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 211942 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476766258
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (3 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars and her love of child soldiers all in The Color of Grace 1 December 2016
By Beth Barrilleaux - Published on
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Bethany Williams took me through her struggles, redemption, successes, and her love of child soldiers all in The Color of Grace. This book not only was a great read but taught me life lessons as I dove deeper into the story. Her novel outlines her lowest and highest points in life and makes each situation very relatable with the lessons she takes from each major event in her life. She starts off with her first marriage that eventually leads to her destruction and ends with her healing as well as her gift to the world. Throughout The Color of Grace, Williams puts excerpts of her own journal behind each chapter which allowed me to get a deeper picture of what was actually happening in her life at the time. She also did a beautiful job of incorporating scripture into each situation that life threw at her and I found it easy to apply each passage to my life as well.
Williams exemplifies the Catholic Social Teaching that tells us to care for the poor. Her work in several different countries allowed for her to save the child soldiers of Africa. She teaches these children prayer and healing through God all while uniting people across the globe for a cause that will save thousands of lives. Williams stole my heart with stories, quotes, and pictures from individual children. After reading this book, I would highly recommend it to all those who are struggling with their past or even with self-doubt. It was a beautiful reminder that once you fall, you must get back up. It also reminds me that I can make a difference, I just need to trust God to do so.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most likely the best book I have ever experienced 8 June 2017
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I had trouble with this book. My heart simultaneously hurt and soared every chapter. I had a lot of trouble seeing the print. Tears in my eyes so often...Most likely the best book I have ever experienced. Not just read, but experienced. Not enough words to tell you the depth of this book. You will be so glad if you get this. I bought this book after a recommendation from a relative, not a paid review. God bless you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In this beautifully written book 6 March 2015
By Sandra - Published on
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A touching story of hope and redemption and it should serve as an encouragement to those who strive to please God, but fail again and again. In this beautifully written book, Bethany turns her heartaches into hope and her wish to be poured out in service to others, which leads her into the most dangerous places on earth. There she uses her education and talents to counsel former child soldiers, young girls used as sex slaves and survivors of war. Her journal entries only add to the sincerity of her desires to make a difference. Highly recommended book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart gripping 26 July 2015
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I seldom write reviews, just because. I bought The Color of Grace three or so weeks again, and just finished reading it. Books do not usually take this long to read;however, I had to start and stop multiple times. Dr. Williams has painted a vivid picture of what is happening in Africa (and Haiti), making it difficult to quickly process. The pictures painted show atrocities that many of us will never know. In the midst of all the evil (because there is no other word for it) are children and adults worshipping God, giving Him praise. Many of us in the western world cannot comprehend these things. I had to stop reading because I thought of all the times something small has happened and i have went into a "tailspin" questioning God. Dr. Williams has inspired me to look beyond myself and reach out to help others. This book has shown me that whatever trauma we (I) have experienced can be used to help others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bethany bleeds humility and love. Her vulnerability and openness about her own struggles ... 24 April 2015
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I'll admit I was a bit skeptical when I bought this. I assumed it would just be another story of some privileged white woman who thought she was Africa's savior... I was wrong.

From start to finish, Bethany bleeds humility and love. Her vulnerability and openness about her own struggles and brokenness was refreshing. I am so inspired by her story and the stories of the children that she loves.

Definitely a must-read!