Word Salt is pleased to welcome Myckelle Williams, author of “Choosing the Road Less Traveled: Finding Grace on the Path to Purpose”
About The Book
Born in an environment of drugs, sex, broken relationships, and parental neglect, 18-year-old Myckelle Williams eventually faced a major crossroads
in her own life, and the prospect of becoming a statistic, as a desperate teenager unexpectedly pregnant with her second unplanned child. Like so many young women across America, she found herself literally at a ‘fork in the road’ while travelling life’s path. Myckelle soon discovers that each choice in life come with a heavy price to pay, and is forced to decide whether or not to end her unplanned pregnancy. You will be amazed as Myckelle tells how one uncommon act of unselfish love by total strangers helped her to discover forgiveness, break generations of dysfunction, and walk away from destructive cycles that enabled her to change her life, and family, from the inside out.
Join Myckelle on a journey of hope, healing, and finding love in unexpected places, that include powerful life lessons for the reader with each new chapter.
By pulling from Robert Frost’s poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’, you will be led on a journey of self- discovery, forgiveness, and the impact of everyday choices. Her story of faith, courage, and victory over circumstance, contains powerful illustrations for women of all ages, races, and backgrounds, which provide guidance in creating new traditions and generational patterns in your own family, as well as breaking old strongholds and family patterns that threaten to keep you and your children from the Purpose that God intended. As she struggles with often agonizing acceptance of the consequences of her own choices, you too will be inspired to reflect on your own past decisions, and through her heartache learn about the miracle of life’s true purpose…and discover the unconditional reality of God’s unfailing love.
Myckelle P Williams, co-founder of B.L.O.G. Magazine™, host of ‘BLOGTalk Live!’ monthly Christian radio show, and creator of the Heartwood Project™ for Women, lives in Tennessee with her husband of 20 years. She is the mother of 6 children and two grandchildren. Once a teen mother who overcame the odds, Myckelle helps empower women to overcome the traumas of their past, and mentors young women over the country. She was featured on “Joy in our Town” on TBN Network, for her development of the PURE Satisfaction™ Abstinence Program in Atlanta in 2009. She is the author of the book ‘Choosing the Road Less Traveled: Finding Grace on the Path to Purpose,’ which is now available on amazon.com. For more information about her upcoming Heartwood Project™ Seminars, you can reach Myckelle at email@example.com
Connect with the Author
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Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Road-Less-Traveled-Finding/dp/0615772900/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367193566&sr=1-1&keywords=choosing+the+road+less+traveled
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Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose…I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.
“I’d like to make an appointment…for an abortion.”
Desperation and shame filled my voice, and I hoped the lady on the other end didn’t know me or my parents.
“How many weeks are you? When was your last period?” The lady on the other end asks, seemingly not surprised, sounding more annoyed than anything else.
I gave her the dates she requested, asking “How much will that cost?”
Annoyed sigh. “You are fourteen-and-a-half weeks. Well, the process will be much longer because you are further along, but it will be $375 total.”
“Do you take Medicaid?”
“When can I come in?
“Tuesday at 8 a.m.
“Do I need to bring anything?”
“Just your money, or Medicaid card, proof of pregnancy. And a ride home.”
I hung up and looked at my boyfriend. How were we going to afford that? We could barely afford to take care of our eleven month old son, the child I had had less than a year ago at age seventeen. “It’s cool.” He told me. “My sister has Medicaid. We can use her card. You just use her name and info.”
Myckelle, could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a pilgrim. The first Christian, non-drinker, smoker, and first person to get and stay married. Born in Compton,California, amidst drugs, illicit sex and abusive relationships. My parents weren’t married, neither were my grandparents. I didn’t see healthy relationships growing up. I decided that I wanted to change things for the next generations, and my book details the struggles that I went through to make that happen. Now I a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 2, And God is not a respecter of persons, what he does for me, He can do for anyone. I am an author, public speaker, and mentor who runs an online Christian women’s magazine (www.blogmagazine.org) and develops program
What do you love most about the writing process?
Creating something that was never there before. Making something out of your vision and imagination. I have several times led drama ministries at churches, and writing it down, and then seeing it performed on stage was wonderful. I think, like God, we are born creators and we love to form things out of thoughts.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on two more books, and presenting a weekend workshop called the “Heartwood Project” which God placed on my heart and expounds on the lessons learned in the book. It’s a life-changing workshop and follow-up journal that in 40 days will show you how to overcome generational patterns, and have a different future for yourself and your children. I am just looking at funding it and getting a test group of 12 women together to give feedback and try the project for 40 days. These are things that I’m really excited about.
What was the inspiration (motivation) behind the book? (Why did you write it in the first place?)
I knew that I had many stories to tell, but not sure where to start. So I started going to school. In my Oral communications class, I was told to give a 3-5 minute speech about something that impacted your life the most and made you who you are today. I wrote the story of my decision regarding abortion that led to me getting saved. Everyone in the class was stunned and told me that this was a book. So I wrote it. Plus, it was the 20th anniversary for these events that I discuss in my book, and I felt compelled to share it with others.
What do you hope this book accomplishes?
Inspiring hope, change, and the forging of new paths for the next generation.
Who is this book written for?
Originally it was written as a tribute to my daughter and the family that took me in. But its also written for everyone who has ever felt lost and hopeless and trapped in the past who feel as if they are under generational “curses”. The women who is not sure whether to keep her baby. The crisis center volunteer who may feel overwhelmed. The young parent who doesn’t know if they can change things for the next generation.
Who (or what) is your greatest encourager when you write and why?
My husband would push me to write daily. God pushes me to write, and watching so many of our BLOG Writers with a story to tell inspires me to write as well.
Is there anything else that you would like your readers to know about you that would give us even more of a glimpse into your personality and passions?
We all have choices. Many of us say that we cant to change our lives, but we really don’t. Some of us are comfortable in our misery and afraid of change. But God wants to do “A New Thing” in each of us. You don’t have to do what “momma and them” did. You don’t have to go down the roads that others did before you. You can forage mew paths, and create new foundations. God always uses those that no one expects to be a leader, like Moses. He came out of nowhere, from a condemned childhood to greatness, and then led his people out of their slavery. He wants us all to overcome our past circumstances, and then go back and help others.