The Color of Grace

How One Woman's Brokenness Brought Healing and Hope to Child Survivors of War

By Bethany Haley Williams; Katie Davis (Foreword by)
Howard Books, Hardcover, 9781476766256, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

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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.



About the Author
Bethany Haley grew up in Western, Kentucky. In 2008, she co-founded Exile International in Brentwood, Tennessee. The organization exists to instill hope, healing, and love to Africa's war-affected children and former child soldiers through art and expressive trauma therapy. Bethany works with and trains existing African organizations and local leaders on the ground, to help increase peace-building skills and counseling programs in the wounded communities of Congo and Uganda.She is a specialized trauma therapist with a PhD in counseling psychology and is quickly becoming an expert and leader in the specialized field of healing war-affected children and former child soldiers with worldwide organizations such as the UN sending victims to her for help. To learn more, visit ExileInternational.org or BethanyHaley.Blogspot.com.Katie J. Davis left home at the age of eighteen for a short missions trip to Uganda. From that experience grew an overwhelming desire to do something more personal, and today she lives in Uganda, where she is the adoptive mother of fourteen little girls. Katie is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, where her parents and brother live.
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