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Pain and hopelessness are the common ground shared between two vastly different cultures--a middle-class woman in rural America and war-ravaged children in Africa--as author Bethany Haley shares her story of healing and how she built Exile International, a non-profit that nurtures child soldiers rescued from the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army).
Meet Denis. Denis was abducted
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ebook, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Howard Books (first published October 7th 2014)
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Smart Girl
Jul 25, 2015 Smart Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart gripping

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 chil
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Alexis Primeaux
Dec 05, 2016 Alexis Primeaux rated it it was amazing
I didn’t really have any expectations when I began reading this book, as I typically am not a fan of religious journeys made into novels. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this as I found it easy to relate and connect with Dr. Williams. I was very surprised that she was able to make such a distant issue, like the child soldiers in the Congo, feel like it was close to my heart and make me feel passionate about something I knew so little about. Progressing through the novel, ...more
Sherrie
Aug 18, 2015 Sherrie rated it liked it
This book was meaningful and gave great information. It was hard to read at times because of the incredible abuse these children endured. I felt like it would have been a better book without the journal writing though.
Pauline Barlow
Feb 13, 2016 Pauline Barlow rated it liked it
Bethany Haley Williams has a Masters in clinical social work and a PhD in counseling psychology with twenty years in the field and has a counseling and coaching practice. She founded Exile International which sponsors child programs in Africa so that they are given the tools to develop and grow such as food, education, health care, psychosocial support, and spiritual care using art and expression therapy.
These children are former child soldiers and sex slaves who develop into peacemakers and lea
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Ashley
Jul 03, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
How is this book not a Best-Seller? For the very reason that in the Westerner world, we are caught up in a spoiled life arguing with society over the internet and screaming from afar over small potatoes. We refuse to read because the truth is the story is gruesome. We'd rather ignore and hide from it. But, this is reality for a lot of the children in northern Uganda. They are not just survivors of war and forced to do unspeakable things to humanity and their love ones... Forced... the operative ...more
Kristin
Jan 24, 2017 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Wow...that was a difficult book to read, but I have a feeling it's going to greatly impact my life and I'm so thankful to the author for vulnerably putting herself out there, sharing her greatest mistakes, fears, and how they lead her to a place of people that are unbelievably stronger than any person I've ever heard of. If these people and children have been strong enough to survive or go through such atrocities, then we spoiled/blessed westerners should surely be willing to stomach and hear th ...more
Amy
Feb 24, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
The Color of Grace is a true reminder of how good we have it living in the United States. This book tells the story of the author's early life and eventual mission work. She tells about her to tumultuous marriage, divorce, and the heart ache she experienced during that time. She then tells about how she began her missions to Africa. She is truly an inspiring and admirable woman. I love reading about the children she met and war torn country's. They experienced such horrors in their young lives. ...more
Don Weidinger
Aug 16, 2015 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love more like Jesus, deepest joy via deepest pain, cry with those served, story of gospel and Jesus, purpose over pain, need to live in more loving way, dance as slave set free, emotionally depressed people US, will do something, Exile Intl, art therapy as dance and sing for children soldier rehab, despair when no purpose, leaders of forgiveness, resilience and forgiveness better than US, we will not be silent, do necessary and possible, a normal life or missionary life, look at/help individual ...more
Theresa Powers
Sep 06, 2015 Theresa Powers rated it it was amazing
Reading this book changed me. She starts out by giving background about her life and how she was in search of an important purpose. God brings her to Africa where children need her expertise in psychology. She heals these unfortunate ones with art therapy. In the book, illustrations are shown of how the children begin and continue the healing process through art. The stories told will change the way you think and believe about war-torn Africa. Although it is tragic; the people demonstrate true b ...more
Joan
Mar 02, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story of a woman who overcame her own suffering to reach out and help others. She still battles anxiety and depression yet helps children survivors of war torn African countries. She went on a short term mission trip that changed her life. Seeing women who had been raped and orphaned children, she knew she had to do something. But what would one woman do? It turns out, quit a bit. She uses her training to design and offer long term restoration to children traumatized by war. T ...more
Caitlin
Nov 09, 2015 Caitlin rated it liked it
I wish I could give half stars- I'd give a solid 3.5. This book, I struggled with it a bit. The action of providing therapy to children who used to be child soldiers, and those who survived the Haitian earth quake, that's a great story. But the "praise Jesus/God"... that was a bit over done. And all of section 1, where she talked about having drama in her life, which she wouldn't describe... just hang out in front of the reader... yeah, we could've just done with out that, or with the whole stor ...more
Carole
May 02, 2016 Carole rated it really liked it
This was a painful and agonizing book to read. It is well worth reading, but don't expect to enjoy it. The work done by the author and others like her is inspiring and hopeful, but the horror, brutality and cruelty that causes the damage that they are trying to address and heal is so horribly shocking that it is almost beyond immagining.
Several years ago I read the book "A Long Time Gone" (also nonfiction) that introduced me to this situation. It was shocking and heart-wrenching, but this was e
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Catherine
Mar 05, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
Testament to the power of healing, reconciliation, and forgiveness through God's grace in the lives of former child soldiers and slaves in Africa. The book was written by Bethany Haley Williams, founder of Exile International. While the trials and tribulations of Ms Williams ultimately led to her founding of Exile, I would have preferred less info on her personal life and more on the background of the children whose lives she has been instrumental in transforming.
Beth Barron
Aug 31, 2015 Beth Barron rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book, Bethany Haley Williams, and the work of Exile International in Uganda and the DRC. If you want to know what the real struggles are in these areas and the real repercussions of rebel groups in Africa and, honestly, what it looks like to have more than just pity on people who have suffered... read this. It is inspiring.
Ginger Davenport
Beautifully written

Bethany tells the stories children affected by war...stories of hope, forgiveness, and love. I was unaware of horrible acts of war innocent children must face every day. This book highlights their struggles and victories. Highly recommended!
Haley
Oct 11, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
It is so easy to shut yourself off to pain and suffering around the world. This book about child soldiers, victims of the Lord's Resistance Army, was heartbreaking but also hopeful. The power of love is so much stronger than we know.
Joy
Jun 13, 2016 Joy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
This non-fiction book is very heart-wrenching. Bethany tells some of her own story of brokenness and how God has brought her "full circle" in order to help provide healing and grace to children who have been affected by severe war-related trauma in Africa.
Jennie Webb
Apr 18, 2015 Jennie Webb rated it really liked it
Don't read this book unless you want to be motivated to do something!
Cindy Jackson
Apr 14, 2015 Cindy Jackson rated it it was amazing
A book that demonstrates that's with the Lords grace , mercy and love a life can be turned from anguish to awe inspiring.
Amy
Sep 09, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
One of those books God uses to speak to my soul!
Lisa Bryant
Jan 01, 2016 Lisa Bryant rated it really liked it
LOVED reading this book. Bethany's organization is doing amazing work with organizations, people and places that are so very close to my heart.
Ashley
Aug 21, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly beautiful. The amount of joy and hope these little ones have in light of their circumstances is astounding. Such an encouraging read!
Kali Root
Feb 28, 2016 Kali Root rated it did not like it
I read to page 165 and could not get into it. The base of the book is all about how God helped her through her journey to help others. Not my mind of book at all.
Mike Hipp
Jan 21, 2015 Mike Hipp rated it really liked it
Wow. We can not forget that we live a privileged life in a very free nation. In Africa wars rage and children are left orphaned and many times made to be participants. Great read
Monica
Apr 03, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
We need to get off our spoiled butts and help people.
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With a PhD in counseling psychology and a master’s in clinical social work, she is a leader in the specialized field of war-affected children rehabilitation with worldwide organizations such as the United Nations and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute. With more than twenty years of experience in the field, Bethany maintains a small counseling and coaching practice in Nashville, TN. She and her ...more
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“We Westerners define happiness as achieving or gaining what we want. In our definition, we’re happy when life is smooth, when we are on top of our game, when our marriages are fulfilling, and when we are reaching our goals. But the more we have, the more we want, and we begin to ride the deadly wave of hyperconsumerism. We fill our insecurities from the outside in, rather than the inside out. Christians are not exempt. I have done the drive-by to the mall on the way home to get a new “something” to make me feel like “someone,” forgetting that I was actually someone the whole time.” 1 likes
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