The Dallas Examiner
“I went through some trials as we all do, business and personally,” confessed four-time Amazon best-selling author Cheryl A. Polote-Williamson. “It kind of left me in a state where I felt a little bit broken and then as I started healing, I started realizing that I wasn’t the only one that was feeling this way. The Lord began to talk to me as I started coming out of it; he said, ‘Cheryl, I’ve renewed you. I’ve refreshed you. I want you to go out and I want you to help other women. I want you to teach them about forgiveness. I want you to teach them that their greatness is already inside of them and they need to stop seeking other people out for their greatness.’”
Williamson further elaborated on how the Lord spoke to her and gave her the names of the many women who would later become authors in the book in her heart, Soul Talk.
“Woman that I wasn’t particularly close to, I called them and I told them what God had said to me, and they said yes. God sent me 20 women in 23 days,” she said.
The journals from the women came from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Washington.
Williamson allowed each woman to share her soul stirring life journey of trials and tribulations. The journals included stories of living through abuse, divorce, financial hardship and deaths. Although each story is unique, the women all incorporate the importance of faith and communicate with God throughout their journeys.
Tammy Woodard, author of Chapter 13, offered details about her chapter and believes her story would reveal many things that other people could identify with – one being verbal abuse.
“In my chapter, I talk about some pit moments I had in my life. It took the grace of God to pull me out of those pit moments. Although there were friends and family members along the way, there are some pits that only God can bring you out of,” Woodard said.
Clara Matimba, author of another chapter, shared some of her story as well.
“I talk about when I was 15. I was a child solider in Zimbabwe for three years, and I also talk about my failed marriage after 19 years. I had moved away from God and when I found God for myself, I went on my knees and prayed to God, and at that point I let go of all that burden that I had,” Matimba said. “I give good advice to women or men – instead of focusing on the negative, you focus on the positive. I used my adversities to my advantages.
Williamson said she believed that the eight-month journey of writing, crying and praying with the authors has taught her the true meaning of sisterhood. She also explained that though some of the authors are her good friends, she didn’t know the issues they were battling with until she was editing the book.
“My friend of 25 years, I never knew she was homeless, until her story came across my desk. My friend that was abused, I didn’t know until she shared her story. We as women, we hold it in because we feel like we have to be strong for everybody. We can’t tell our truth because we feel like everybody is going to judge us,” Williamson said.
On April 1, Williamson held an official launch of the book at the Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center, including a meet and greet with the authors and an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book.
Williamson expressed that the book paved the way for her next book, Soul Bearer, which focuses on nine men who also share their untold stories.
“I have a Harlem Globetrotter that talks about alcoholism and drug abuse and infidelity. Things that people don’t want to talk about – they sweep under the rug. But see, if we can talk about it then we can change it,” Williamson said.
The launch for the book will be held May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Market Center.