“I seldom think about my limitations because I’m focused on my possibilities.”-Tawana Williams
From the shadows of obscurity and the anguish of disability, Tawana Williams was a victim of brutal medical negligence; due to the drug Thalidomide that was given to her mother during pregnancy. Born without arms and impaired use of her legs, her compelling life story unfolds her will to survive the anguish of physical defect and the shame of abuse and isolation. Unable to fight with human hands, she fought in spirit and yet lives to stand through the grace and courage of God, "UNarmed But Dangerous."
Faced with many challenges and obstacles that most people take for granted, Tawana has figured out a way to do some of life’s simplest things such as; eating, cleaning, typing and being self sufficient. These tasks seemed monumental, yet her resolute determination transcended self-pity. She endured years of physical pain, emotional scars and the rejection of family members and peers. She withstood childhood only by the strength of a mother’s love.
Tawana was born to a mother that told her “there was nothing that she could not do,” she also had a Grandma Rogers that told her as a young child that “she didn’t need arms because God didn’t give them to her and nothing was missing, if you don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Tawana has always been a fighter and will challenge you to do more in life.
Through the onslaught of adolescent peer pressure, Tawana became ensnared and locked for a decade in the bondage of drug use and abusive relationships. "UNarmed But Dangerous" unfolds her walk through the midst of the most severe trials imaginable, as the gentle hand of God wipes away every tear and gives peace to every unanswered question. Her story is sure to give healing to the most broken hearted, flight to the broken wing and life to the lifeless dreams.
Without excuses, without complaints, this honest gripping portrayal of the intimate struggles of Tawana’s journey gives evidence of the Armor of God to sustain us and His power to restore our broken past, piece by piece.
Tawana has three sisters, two half sisters, one step brother, one step sister, one daughter named April, three grand boys and two step daughters. She was married on December 25, 1991 to her childhood sweetheart and friend ‘Toby.’ They've been friends since she was six and he was twelve; what a Blessing from God!
Tawana has been speaking and traveling throughout this country since 1996, to churches, schools, prisons, day cares, nursing homes, drug rehab centers, veterans associations, colleges, universities, sororities, fraternities, organizations and corporations. She gives a powerful and enlightening Message of Hope & Inspiration to all generations.
As a wife, mother, Entrepreneur, TV Personality, Businesswoman, Advocate, Artist, Vocalist, Mentor, Businesswoman, Humanitarian, CEO, Interationally acclaimed Les Brown Platinum Motivational Speaker and Author, her story displays the Power of God’s spirit to birth destiny from despair. If you’ve ever asked the question, why me? If you’ve ever known devastating loss, be equipped and transformed as you embark on this remarkable voyage of one Extraordinary Servant from the paralysis of victimization, to warrior triumphant. Her compelling story is one of triumph, perseverance and determination. She’s overcome many challenges in life and has never let her disability stop her. Tawana has many gifts and accomplishments.
"She’s the Author of five books including her Best Seller “UNarmed But Dangerous” The Tawana Williams Story, this book is her personal testimony and will be featured as her Debut Movie in Theaters in the near future. Tawana is the CEO of Tawana Williams Outreach, Inc. a Non for Profit 501 (c) (3) Organization that was launched in 2002. Tawana is an effective communicator and teaches Prosperity Principals, Systems, Strategies and Tips to help you reach your goals.
Tawana’s has been challenged all of her life and she knows how to adapt in difficult situations. She has overcome many obstacles, she was gang raped during a home invasion, raped by her step father, addicted to
crack and cocaine for 10 years and has never let anything or anyone stop her. Tawana is so Determined to Win, that Quitting has Never been an option. On November 27, 2011 she suffered a stroke/Mind Interruption, she had some memory loss; but there where No physical affects of a stroke and because Tawana stayed focused, she conquered that too; which compelled her to write her fifth book “Mind Interrupted”-Experiencing Technical Difficulties. With her strength and tenacious spirit she never gave up on her passion to speak and her purpose to live; Tawana started speaking again two months after the interruption. Today, she continues to remain “UNarmed But Dangerous,” in her mind, her spirit and in her life.
She’s been featured on The Jerry Springer Show sharing her story of how she Beat the Odds, The Judge Hatchett Show to Mentor a troubled teen, The WORD Network, Manna Express TV, TCT-Alive, TCT-Rejoice, TCT-Ask The Pastor, TCT-Triangle Alive, Atlanta Live, Lifetime TV, The 700 Club, “Your World” with Creflo Dollar and many regional/national television programs. She's been interviewed by Oprah's Producers twice by telephone. Her story has been told in numerous National and Regional Magazines. She’s the Former Spokesperson for The Agape Gospel Academy in Atlanta, Georgia from 2008-2011.
Today, Tawana is “The Hope Coach” and she's teaching others throughout the world how to live a life with “No More Excuses.” Her dreams are to create and host her own Talk Show, Motivational Reality Show, Executive Produce her Debut Movie “UNarmed But Dangerous” in Theaters everywhere, and Humanitarian efforts to help all Generations. Tawana resides in Wilson, North Carolina with her husband ‘Toby,’ their daughter April and 3 grand sons.
Tawana’s Mission is to give Hope and Inspiration to those facing adversities and challenges, while positively impacting and empowering their lives with practical methods, information and guidance to achieve their fullest potential.
“Challenges come to make you stronger; that’s your strength.”-Tawana Williams
Foreword "Mind Interrupted"-Experiencing Technical Difficulties
by Keither 'Toby' Williams-Tawana's husband
Contemplating how to put these words onto the pages of my soul mate Tawana’s latest book was a challenge and a difficult task for me. We’ve been friends for more than forty years. In fact as children we played together, I fed her cookies and candy, tied her shoelaces and yes-carried her in my arms when she got tired of walking; I love me some Tawana. Seriously, devastating loss often comes with a price. Tawana’s powerful mind-set revolutionized the words “Figure It Out” and “I can do it.” So there’s no surprise to me that although she was born without arms, gang raped, raped by her step father, addicted to crack for ten years, experienced abortion and motherhood, ultimately, I knew that she would figure it out and overcome her latest dilemma; a ‘stroke.’
My wife Tawana has always been the one who ‘finds the need and feels it,’ once again, she did it with her latest book “Mind Interrupted”-Experiencing Technical Difficulties. Her mind-set is so positive and she has an uncompromising spirit that even a ‘stroke’ couldn’t move her into a level of comfort and couldn’t stop her persevering will. Comfort zones cause most people to become complacent and eventually they quit; not my wife Tawana. She is so powerful that the enemy couldn’t take it anymore;
especially at her last speaking engagement that you’ve read in The Praise of this book by Tawana’s friend Ms. Vernordra Haynie. It was so anointed and mesmerizing; words couldn’t describe the power she had. On that day, we shut the enemy down! It tried to Form and Prosper;however, It Did Not Work.
In Tawana’s first book “I’m Different But I Can,” It didn’t work; she shutit down. Her second book “Unarmed But Dangerous” The Tawana Williams Story of Relentless Struggle and Ultimate Victory, people were blessed by her tenacious spirit of Never Giving Up; she shut itdown. Then came her third book “Motivation for The Soul”-Move Or Be Moved, she shook many foundations with her Circle of Friends and their stories; they shut that book down too. Her fourth book “Da-Bomb” Systems That Create a Wealthy Mind-Set exploded and once again, it was shut down. Which leads us to her latest book “Mind Interrupted”-Experiencing Technical Difficulties and HE the enemy, tried to shut HER down again; however, “God had his hands on her.”Did you know that my wife Tawana is a force to be reckoned with; therefore, she couldn’t stop if she wanted to.
After completing this book you too will understand how to experience the HEALING Power of God through your own difficult moments, experiences and adversities. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God, so let me ask you a question. How does a deaf person have Faith? My answer is by Understanding because you must understand that the ways of God are not the ways of man…God Bless You!
Keither ‘Toby’ Williams-Tawana’s husband