Womanly Wisdom: Embracing Self-Discovery w/ The Voice

Womanly Wisdom: Embracing Self-Discovery w/ The Voice May 21, 2024

Last month I read a book worth reading. A lot of times the world societal and church expectations often dictate how women should live. Melanie M Johnson’s book, Womanly Wisdom, reveals a profound life of self-discovery and empowerment.

Through raw honesty and vulnerability, Johnson took me on a transformative expedition, challenging the notion of conformity and inviting me to embrace my true self.

In this article, based on my conversations with Melanie, we will walk into the essence of Womanly Wisdom, exploring the struggles faced by the author, the impact of church hurt, and the invaluable wisdom gained along the way.

Breaking Free from Society’s Mold:

In Womanly Wisdom, Melanie M Johnson courageously exposes the impact of societal judgment and the inner conflict it can create. As women, we often find ourselves weighed down by the expectations imposed upon us, leading to feelings of resentment and a sense of disconnect from our authentic selves. Johnson’s experiences, including our conversations, have shown that this struggle is intensified within the church community, where additional layers of expectations and pressures come into play.

Through her own journey, she challenges us to question whether others’ opinions of us should define our self-worth, especially in the context of church teachings.

The Journey of Church Hurt and Self-Discovery:

Melanie’s narrative takes us on an emotional rollercoaster as she shares her quest for inner peace amidst the turmoil of church hurt. As the wife of an abusive pastor, her life was entangled with the perceptions and expectations of others within the church.

Trapped in a toxic environment, she faced the dilemma of whether to stay and work on her marriage or to break free from the cycle of abuse. Our conversations revealed the profound impact that the opinions and advice from fellow church members had on her decision-making process.

Discovering Authenticity and Healing:

Amidst the darkness, Womanly Wisdom brings a glimmer of hope. Melanie introduces us to the pivotal moments and the people who helped her find her voice and rediscover her worth. These experiences shaped her into a woman who could provide wise counsel, came not only from her personal life but also from the lessons learned through conversations with others who have experienced church hurt.

By embracing her authenticity, Melanie found the strength to rise above the limitations imposed by others and reclaim her identity, while also advocating for the importance of setting healthy boundaries within church communities.

Embracing Womanly Wisdom:

Womanly Wisdom acts as a beacon of light for all those who have ever felt constrained by society’s and the church’s expectations. It serves as a reminder that we are more than the judgments of others, and our self-worth should not be determined by their views.

Through her narrative and our conversations, Melanie encourages readers to embrace their true selves, to acknowledge the impact of church hurt, and to find solace in their own wisdom and healing journey. She emphasizes the importance of seeking support from trusted individuals, professionals, and organizations that can provide guidance and understanding in navigating the complexities of church hurt.


What Does Linda Think?

Womanly Wisdom by Melanie M Johnson is an empowering testament to the transformative power of self-discovery, authenticity, and healing from church hurt. This book challenges us to question the influence of societal and church opinions, encouraging us to redefine our relationship with conformity and to prioritize our well-being.

It serves as a reminder that our worth lies within us, and true wisdom emerges when we have the courage to be ourselves, even in the face of adversity within religious communities. As we walk on our own paths of self-discovery and healing, let us draw inspiration from Womanly Wisdom, embracing our authenticity, and empowering others to do the same.


About “The Voice”


Melanie M Johnson is a Mississippi native award-winning poetess, educator, domestic abuse advocate, publisher and three-time Amazon Best-selling author. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She served as an Educator for 18 years and a public-school Finance Director for 4 years. 


After her 23-year marriage ended in divorce, as a result ofdomestic abuse, she vowed to be a voice for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. This became the premise for her first book, Womanly Wisdom. In subsequent publications, Melaniecontinued to use her voice as a platform to help others. Now with her company, Busta Word Publishing, LLC, she is able to help others be able to heal through their own expressions.


As a survivor, Melanie takes every opportunity to speak against domestic violence, bullying, depression, and suicide. She continues to share her passion for writing in her poetic publication, Flavor of Melanin, and entries in several anthologies, including Not Just Anybody Can Be Dad, and the newest release Internationally Bestseller She Said Yes To Herself Unapologetically Empowerment Guide. Melanie “The Voice” Johnson can always be found using her words to help heal wounds and broken hearts.


About Jacquiline Cox
Jacquiline Cox is a Chicago native with an impressive academic background. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and pursued higher education at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, she obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration with Cum Laude honors from the University of Arizona. . As a 3-time international best-selling author, branding strategist, and global radio podcast host of “Listen Linda!”, she uses her platform to motivate and inspire others. Moreover, Jacquiline is an autism parent advocate, a lupus advocate, and a certified Business Coach, showcasing her commitment to supporting causes close to her heart. You can read more about the author here.

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