We’ve talked about people who share the the same name and this reminded me of a book about a woman who takes on a journey to find other women with the same name. The book, Finding Angela Shelton, is about Angela Shelton who describes how she changed her last name to Shelton (not because of marriage but because of her own choice) and through this process became intrigued by other women with the same name. What were they like? What experiences had they had? Angela looked them up and found several of them scattered across the country. And she called them. There was a common bond among these women with the same name, and she wanted to learn more. The book is about her journey to find these women, and how along the way she discovers something more.
At least 70% of women she talked to had been victims of rape, childhood sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Angela Shelton had herself suffered molestation and it is apparent that her journey to find other Angela Sheltons and learning that many of them had endured similar abuses was one of healing. Angela says that her journey taught her “about the power of the human spirit, no matter what your name is.”
However, I believe there is power behind the name. In The Secret Universe of Names author Roy Feinson credits people with the name Angela as having personalities that can be linked to those of angels, “mysterious and ethereal, but also slightly dangerous.” I imagine it was this dangerous side of Angela Shelton that sought to find resolution to her past in the manner that she did. In fact, for most of her life Angela kept quiet about the abuse she suffered as a child. This book and movie (she filmed her nation-wide trek) provided her the opportunity to break that silence. During the years of silence she handled the pain with self-abuse and addictions. The book shares how she got “off the trauma train and onto the Joy Jet!”
Her connection with these women who shared her name was life transforming. She states on her site, “I am so proud to be an Angela Shelton.”