Painting Beauty

Painting Beauty with the Ashes, 2019

Have you ever felt trapped or lived with that emotion? It’s like the very person you know within you melts away each day as hot sun liquefies a glacier. Time seems endless and yet still. Silenced to nothingness. Drifting in fragments. No control. Thoughts are stuck in my mind. I need to expel outwards. The fear alone stops me. Time may seem silenced but the days go on, and the years went on without me. It was going to be the first day of the rest of my life. I stood tall and proud, strong and confident. I loved being there for people and helping them to be the best they can be. I pledged my life to serve my country, then it was all taken from me. It was strong powerful men that shut me down. This book is my tumultuous journey of working through the emotions, pain and struggle after dealing with abuse I received whilst serving as the only female chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy.

Impressionistic and courageous, Mel has found the strength to document her journey from the darkest depths, to the life-saving highs of finding hope and healing. This is a painful, thoughtful and ultimately inspiring book that celebrates Mel’s ability to overcome great odds and challenges.

Nick barla, australian director, producer and actor

Mel’s honesty can at times be confronting.
Yet it is her honesty that makes this book
such a valuable resource. It is Mel’s desire
that in sharing her experiences others may
find comfort, courage and hope.

Peter clarke, adopted dad and mentor

Her first book was confronting enough of her earlier years, this book is even more so. Again a great insight into the mind and heart of an abuse survivor on the journey towards illusive healing.

rev dr john reid, lecturer and author
Interactive eBook, all proceeds go to Horse Aid

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