Author shares healing message in devotional book series


MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) – Ashley Monique knows that breaking up takes many forms and goes deep into places others can’t always see. After all, she lived it.

“I had to go through hell and high water to stay sane, to get to where I am today,” said Monique.

The Montgomery author has a self-help devotional book series “Reconnecting My Brokenness: Tips to Renew Your Mind,” Part 3 of which was published in December. She is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Auburn University in Montgomery, where she teaches alcohol, drugs and society, as well as the history of welfare. She is also both an entrepreneur and has her own non-profit association for disadvantaged families.

“What inspires me is my goal, and I know my goal is not for me,” said Monique. “My goal is to help others. “

She was the oldest of several children while growing up in West Montgomery. Their mother raised them alone. Monique also has a large extended family.

“My grandmother (also a single mother) had 10 children. They probably lived in all of the projects on the west side of Montgomery, ”Monique said. “I am one of almost 30 grandchildren. “

When Monique’s books began to appear, she said her family were not happy with the revelations. She had a difficult childhood, including being the victim of sexual assault. She even hid it from her mother, until her first book talked about it in 2019.

“I never shared with her who the person was either,” Monique said. “(Mom) is still upset about this to this day. But I feel like it doesn’t matter at this point.

There were many other problems for young Monique.

“I grew up as an angry kid,” she said. ” I was very angry. I had a horrible attitude.

But Monique was also exceptionally intelligent and was accepted into the Montgomery Magnet School program. This led to its own form of breaking up.

“I never really felt in good shape,” said Monique. “I would go to school with the loving children, but I would be a bit too ‘hood’ for them. But then I came back to my surroundings and felt a little better than them.

Over the years, Monique has questioned God about the obstacles she has been forced to overcome. She was kicked out of school, married and divorced prematurely, and was forced to deal with domestic violence, depression, and suicidal thoughts, among others.

She revealed pieces of her trip in the books.

“I got to the point where I had to get over this breakup that I was going through,” she said.

What she realized was that she grew as the pieces of her life came together. Monique became the first in her family to go to college. She obtained a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in social and human services.

In addition to owning Ashley Monique LLC and promoting supplier events, Monique is also the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit CHANGE (Connecting Hands by Accommodating Necessary Growth for Everyone). His non-profit organization will soon be renovating and opening a building in West Montgomery. (

As the author, the “Reconnecting My Brokenness” series offered both a chance to heal itself more and to heal others.

“The overall vision for the series is to provide individuals with guidance to help them renew themselves,” said Monique. “No matter what they’re going through, I want them to be encouraged and to know they can get away with it.”

In addition to tips, the books contain daily scriptures, affirmations, encouragement, and resources.

“When you go through things, it’s hard to keep going if you aren’t encouraged and inspired often,” Monique said.

His books also provide journal space for readers. “I want them to be able to think about and put things in place in their life on their own,” said Monique.

Beyond that, each book focuses on a different aspect of overcoming the breakup.

“With the first book (a 90 day devotion), I wanted to spread the information. The second book (a 180-day “amore” devotion) is more about love. I am providing information about the domestic violence relationship I was in, ”said Monique.

Her latest book is a nine month devotional that focuses on forgiveness.

“It’s just to let people know that it’s very important to forgive people,” said Monique. “God forgive you. You have to forgive others. No matter what someone does, you need to be able to forgive, not hate.

Her fourth book, a 12-month devotional edition, will be released later this year.

The “Reconnecting My Brokenness” series is available to order online on all major publishing platforms, including Amazon and

“You can overcome it with the right resources,” said Monique. “You can overcome with the right motivation, encouragement, inspiration. Most importantly, if you have a connection with God, or any other higher power that you have.

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“There is definitely a light on the other side of the tunnel,” said Monique. “You just need to make the most of the situation you’ve found yourself in and not focus too much on the negatives. Focus on the positives.


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