“Author Jewels offers little biographical information for this, her debut publication – THE MAKING OF A WOMAN, adding ‘as told to Marlayna Glynn’ to her name as ’co-author.’ The significant aspect about Jewels is stated at book’s end where she offers the following: ‘I’m a woman who had lived two lives in one lifetime. The first part was a life of childhood abuse and trauma which grew into the full-blown disease of alcoholism. My life was out of control and I was circling the drain. The second part is life today and how I urgently worked through my past and now have a wonderful life as a result. But my story is not your average ‘girl gets sober’ story. I didn’t just get sober. I created a life of truth and authenticity. My story is about removing the expectations and the dogma of society and instead being guided by love and empathy.
The quality of writing throughout this fascinating memoir is consistently honest and real. Marlayna Glynn has summarized the content well: ‘The Making of a Woman is an unexpected memoir exploring the path less traveled. Childhood abuse and trauma powered an alcoholism that would nearly defeat Jewels. Yet Jewels’ assures us that even when we lose those things that give shape to our soul–belonging, the need for touch, and safety in our own home–we can go on to devise a new way of being that surpasses our childhood haunts. Jewels was seven years old when her father attempted a family suicide, so her mother whisked her away to the arms and family of another man. Ruled by her mother’s delusional survival aspirations and the ignored evidence of her suffering at the hands of her new relatives, life became a daily struggle for survival for Jewels. But when the truth could no longer be hidden, the family split, leaving Jewels to navigate a new world not of her making. Deciding to use her earlier trauma to enter recovery, sexually liberate herself, and enter the competitive world of professional bodybuilding, Jewels created a life that inspires others to push forward no matter the details. In this uncommon ode to survival, Jewels creates a quite unexpected career from her truth-underscored by her complicated relationship with the allure of sexuality. Through a tangle of forgiveness and understanding emerges an elevated journey of the mechanisms for survival, of pain and joy, and of discovering that family is what you make of it.’
After accompanying Jewels through her life the author reiterates the influence of Source (the primal being) as she closes her memoir: ‘When I got sober, my mom died. And shortly after I married Matt, my dad passed on. I don’t know if Source orchestrates our lives in this way, but as my guides completed their roles in my life, they were escorted to a better place. As I’ve said, we don’t choose our family. But sometimes we sure get lucky in who Source puts in our path, even if their roles end sooner than we would have wished.’
Tender and enlightening, this book is a treasure for all who are challenged, especially women.” – Grady Harp