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Jana Wilson
Wise Little One
Jana Wilson, Author

“Use memory, don’t allow memory to use you.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Jana Wilson takes us on a deeply personal journey of triumph over childhood trauma and the transformative power of connecting with one's inner child. This gripping memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the extraordinary capacity for healing through self-discovery and taking self-responsibility.

As a young girl, Jana endured unimaginable hardships that left lasting scars on her psyche. But throughout the years, a resilient voice within her, her "Wise Little One," whispered words of encouragement and guided her towards a path of self-love and empowerment. Through introspection, therapy, and a deep connection to her Spiritual guidance, Jana learned to listen to this inner voice, her beacon of wisdom and authenticity.

In her candid and evocative storytelling, Jana invites readers into the recesses of her heart, sharing her darkest moments and shining light on her triumphant victories. She reflects on the impact of her traumatic past, unraveling the intricate web of emotions that held her back from experiencing true joy and fulfillment. With vulnerability and courage, she reveals the profound healing that occurred when she finally learned to embrace her inner child and acknowledge her pain.

"Wise Little One" is a guidebook for anyone who seeks to rediscover their authentic self. Jana's heartfelt anecdotes and practical advice offer invaluable tools for self-reflection, self-care, and cultivating a loving relationship with yourself. Through her own journey, she shows us how to harness the power of self-compassion, forgiveness, and resilience to overcome and learn from the past to manifest an inspiring future.

Within the pages of this memoir, Jana not only finds the strength to heal but also discovers the incredible capacity of her heart to love and be loved. Along her path, she encounters the love of her life, a twin-flame soulmate whose presence mirrors back to Jana the transformative power of her healing journey. Their love story serves as a reminder that embracing one's feeling self the inner child is essential for personal growth as well as creating extraordinary and fulfilling relationships.

"Wise Little One: Learning to Love and Listen to My Inner Child" is a compelling memoir that invites readers to embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation. Jana Wilson's story will resonate deeply with anyone who has experienced trauma, offering a guiding light towards reclaiming joy, authenticity, and the capacity to manifest an inspiring life filled with peace, love and joy.

Wilson’s memoir narrates her journey from being the traumatized child of a violent and abusive home to becoming a widely recognized developer of Emotional Healing Systems. Her parents, Janice and Archie Davis, knew each other from childhood. Their love soon turned sour with the arrival of children and Archie turning to alcohol and womanizing. Though Janice sometimes stood up for herself, for the most part she was submissive and bore his abuse. Jana and her elder brother Roy routinely witnessed violence against their mother and were always traumatized by this and the general lack of money and stability. However, Jana enjoyed staying with her grandmother whenever her mother was hospitalized for treatment of her mental illness, and these periods provided joy in an otherwise dark childhood.

The memoir narrates how Jana, through several years of struggle, overcomes the labels assigned to her by society, like “‘white trash,” as well as internalized accusations of not being good enough. Intensely spiritual, she first takes refuge in Christianity but soon finds herself seeking connections beyond the confines of organized religion, ready to follow a path to healing by remaining open to experiences and willing to learn from others. In her quest for healing, Jana is helped by many mentors and thought leaders like Debbie Ford and Deepak Chopra. She believes that children raised in violent homes often are caught in a cycle afterwards, building violent homes themselves. Wilson digs into what it took to break that cycle while parenting her daughter.

Wilson’s evocative and descriptive prose doesn’t shy from the violence in her home. It also brings life to the complex love between her parents and the complicated nature of her father’s love. She writes, “He loved conditionally, he loved harshly. Sometimes he didn’t love at all.” Through a largely linear narrative, Wilson takes the reader through the highs and lows of her life, acknowledging her own mistakes and imperfections, sharing a vivid journey of seeking and lasting healing.

Takeaway: Inspiring memoir about healing from childhood trauma.

Comparable Titles: Jeannette Walls’s The Last Castle, Tim Green’s Another Hill and Sometimes a Mountain.

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