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The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Own Role in My Pain Paperback – October 1, 2015
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About the Author
Tonya Barbee never dreamed of writing books but she’s always enjoyed telling stories and sharing profound testimonies. This is her first project with another one underway. She’s excited about encouraging others, particularly women, to find their way during transgressions and to never, ever, give up no matter how challenging the journey may be. She lives with her two youngest of four children in Bowie, Maryland and works in Washington, D.C. as a Project Manager. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Author: Tonya Barbee
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Little Girl Inside: Owning my Role in my Own Pain" by Tonya Barbee
What a interesting true story of how this author [Tonya] came out of this situation that so many a person can also be found in ..drifting and only wanted what we all want and that is to be truly loved. I found this story definitely being one that can help others in so many different ways. The novel explains it all so well in the twenty-eight chapters. I loved how the chapters were short and very much on point of what that subject was concerning that particular chapter.
So this is what was up when she listened to that little girl inside her as many of us do whether we want to admit it or not. Some of it may be good but for the most part of it all...it was bad especially when it came to her relationships. After four failed marriages would she finally get the answers she so desperately needed? Would she ever find someone like her father...which she adored and coming from a good family? What about her 'Dreams and Hopes' as only she wanted was to be loved as it seems like her father gave to her family. Well, as this story goes on we learn about Sir Knight, Sr Charming, the Playmate, Officer Wrong and now we either the Internet date [Sir Intellectual]. Now, that will be quite a story of how her best friend Naomi enter the picture and things will take a turn from that situation. From that situation she meets Gaines and I will truly say her life will never be the same with this person. At this point I kept wondering didn't Gaines story sound weird but as you will see that little girl kept listening to just what she wanted to hear. I don't want to spoil it and tell too much of the story but I hope that you will pick up this read and see just how this author will bring it out so well to the readers. Yes, this is a true story! Will Tonya [by the way as I write this review the her and she is named Tonya] ever come to the realization that only she will be able to stop this situation that is going on in her life. Yes, she has been hurt so much but Tonya now was on her fourth marriage and it was time to wake up and realize that that inner voice of that little girl should be saying that it was time to grow up, mature and only then would hope come.
What got me as I read this story was that several people around Tonya knew exactly what Sir Intellectual was all about...but one person told her...this was when the house they were to buy went down hill.
"I wanted you to have this house because I knew you would take care of it, give it love and restore it to the beautiful place that it once was....But if you think for one moment you will make it with that so-called man you call a husband, you have another thing coming. That man doesn't love anyone except himself. He is a liar, a cheater, dishonest, and you can do much better than him."
Did she listen? NO!
Thank God for the 'Retreat' from the church that seemed really to help Tonya get her life together.
In the end will Tonya be able to not 'implement the perfect family in wanting to give her children the father figure that had always met so much to her? Will Tonya learn to just treasure what she already has? Will that little girl inside of Tonya have a 'tranquil spirit and be content just where she is and seek God's blessings for every move she makes?'
I loved the ending of this read..
"Never give up. Love yourself and embrace your mistakes and learn from them...Keep smiling and be grateful. It starts with you taking the first step to own up to your own pain. God will help you from there?'
This is definitely a novel I would recommend to all women. Indeed it would be a great help for all who listens to that little girl as she is speaking and definitely being able to learn from ones past own mistakes!
Thank you to the author for the gift of the read for my sharing my honest opinion of the read.
What woman hasn’t felt like Tonya has? I know her book speaks to me and I can now see how I made some of my key mistakes own life at key junctures. Yes, when you only listen to that little girl inside, she could lead you through pastures unknown, and most of them are wrong sadly. Perhaps this is because that little girl inside us is over zealous and hopeful. She doesn’t have a care in the world. She can’t think rationally and is completely enthralled by life. This is what makes her great, but when it comes to choosing the right spouse it could set women up for a life of misery and heartache.
Tonya knows hardship and she knows how to be hurt over and over again. She has been in several painful and futile relationships. But she learned so much about herself through this difficult process. I wish that things would be easier for women. But women are naturally intuitive creatures who rely on that inner voice which can be quite immature and hopeful. The trick is to balance that inner voice with the more mature voice that we experience. But it takes a lot of heartache before we can do that consistently, as Tonya shows in her very insightful and honest book!
Thank you Tonya for such a GREAT book! You have inspired me and showed me that I could learn from my pat mistakes and create the life that I deserve without abusive people in my life. We all deserve to have a happy life.