Bethany Haley Williams

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Bethany Haley Williams is the founder and executive director of Exile International, an organization that exists to restore Africa’s former child soldiers and children orphaned by war. With a PhD in counseling psychology, a master’s in clinical social work, she is a leader in the specialized field of war-affected child rehabilitation with worldwide organizations such as the United Nations and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute. With more than twenty years of experience in the field, Bethany maintains a small counseling and coaching practice in Nashville, Tennessee. She and her husband, Matthew, reside in Nashville, Tennessee, and lead the work of Exile International together. To learn more, visit,, or

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The Color of Grace


Psychologist helps rescued child soldiers in 'The Color of Grace'

Author and psychologist Bethany Haley Williams shares how her own emotional healing led her to start Exile International, a nonprofit that operates in treacherous war zones, and provides care to former child soldiers and young girls used as sex sl...

Author Revealed

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Keep supportive friends around you. There may be tough/dry days.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. They're blown away by my vulnerability and how that led to healing. It's led many to become more vulnerable.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Mother Teresa

Q. What is your favorite television show?

A. Andy Griffith

Author Voices

May 01, 2015

The Color of Grace shares my own journey through depression, trauma and disappointment and how God used my healing process to lead me into the lives of former child soldiers and children orphaned by war. It was by meeting these children, and my eyes being opened to the evil they had experienced, that my spiritual journey was turned upside down. Soon after, I founded Exile International to provide healing to war-affected children through art therapy and holistic rehabilitative care programs (by God's grace, we are serving over 1000 war-affected children each year). I soon began witnessing the power of redemption and the possibility of forgiveness that... see more

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