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Jewels was born in the early seventies to parents who faced familial demons. While her father had the shame and abandonment of children born out of wedlock, her mother suffered verbal and emotional abuse from her dad. Marriage was their escape, but it wasn’t perfect. They were surviving, but Jewels’ father spent the family income on alcohol. Frustrated with life, he wanted to end it all by a family suicide. Her mother escaped into a worse situation by marrying Robert, whose family took turns in sexually abusing Jewels. Her life took a turn for the worse, from drug and alcohol addiction to sexual carelessness. Fortunately, Jewels crawled her way out of the darkest pit to become a contented married entrepreneur and certified bodybuilder. Follow her journey in The Making of a Woman by Jewels A. and Marlayna Glynn.
Jewels is a phoenix who saw it all, yet she rose! The Making of a Woman by Jewels A. and Marlayna Glynn was a story of courage, grief, losses, heartbreaks, failures, strengths, and love in the strangest places. I read this memoir with a hand over my heart. It was raw, intense, unconventional, honest, tear-jerking, thought-provoking, educative, and filled with hope. I cried, squirmed in discomfort, cheered her successes, and got angry with a few people. This book is for everyone who thinks themselves unworthy, alone, failures, or outcasts. Jewels said that you are not beyond redemption, but you must want liberation and do the work. Jewels’ personality was her most powerful ally, even at her worst. She was an all-or-nothing type, making her stick to every transformative decision she made. She gained my respect, and I wish her more happiness and fulfillment. Thank you for sharing your story, Jewels.