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Starting Point of This Journey

 

I wrote the book Restoring Shards of Shame a few years ago after finishing a six month internship program I had developed. I was tired and pooped ready for a something new to do.

I came across a 40 day bootcamp from Tamara Lowe’s Kingdom Builders Academy. The advertisement said it would help me find the hidden gifts and talents God placed in me. Very timely.

Halfway through the bootcamp, I spoke with one of her experts in an hour long coaching session. After reading through my profile and asking me questions, he stated that with my life experience I had a book in me. I was flabbergasted!

When we finished the conversation, I sat back to mull over what I just heard from him. Then, three words came to my mind, shards of shame.  I knew deep inside me it was a title, of a novel.  It was as simple as that.

One morning soon afterwards, I sat down and started writing.  For three hours, words poured out of me chapter by chapter.  I wrote five chapters and created seven of the lead characters.  When I put my pen down, I was sore, thirsty, and grateful.  I’d begun a new phase in my life.

The characters in Restoring Shards of Shame are fictional. They bring trauma related issues to life and make them less clinical to understand. The discussion questions at the end of the book provide opportunities for reflection, individually and in group settings.

I believe each of us have experienced some kind of trauma in our lifetime, from neglect to abuse. What happens in our lives alters our belief system and affects our everyday lives.  It can be very tough to recognize.

That’s the purpose for these informational resource articles. To help you discern what trauma looks like in your own life and be a catalyst for change.

 

How Breathing Deep Heals Your Body

How Breathing Deep Heals Your Body

Have you caught yourself holding your breath as you go about your day? Do you need healing in your body and emotions and improvement in your quality of life? Deep or slow breathing brings a sense of well-being when practiced regularly. It benefits you in remarkable...

Journey to You

Journey to You

On a scale of one-to-10, how would you rate your self-awareness? Self-awareness is critical to a healthy, productive lifestyle. It helps us understand ourselves so we can overcome habits that no longer serves us and enhances communication between family, friends, and...

Communities of the Heart

Communities of the Heart

Wouldn’t a world with strong, healthy, loving communities be utopia? A place where the heart rules and government is just and fair. I’m talking here about communities in which people live with hearts that are fully alive in their day to day. Where the effects of...

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Have you been feeling like something different is in the air as you head to something new? Or are normal everyday situations becoming more difficult and don’t seem to work anymore?  That’s what new beginnings can produce in us. Realizing things seem to be changing can...

Depositing Hope

Depositing Hope

Do you have friends or family in this season who have lost hope? Things have become so hard they see no way out? Or maybe that's you. If so, read on. I have heard lately from various people that they have lost hope. People who have pressed in, fought hard, and are...

Good vs Wise

Good vs Wise

Are you in a time of decision where you are weighing whether a decision is good or is it wise? These can be hard to decipher in times of decision making. It can be as simple as choosing what kind of bread you should eat with your meal or, on the other scale,  how to...

Searching for Truth

Searching for Truth

Have you been on a quest for truth in your life? Are you confused about all the uproar in the media and wondering what is truth and what is not? When I looked up truth in the dictionary, I discovered some phrases I found interesting. The fact of the matter, what...

A Higher Capacity to Help

A Higher Capacity to Help

Do you know someone victimized by trauma? Were you able to help them or did you feel helpless? I used to feel helpless when I heard that someone I knew had experienced a traumatic event. I didn’t know if I had the right words and felt very incapable to help them....

Overcoming Loneliness

Overcoming Loneliness

Have you been in a crowd of people and felt lonely?  What’s up with that? Studies show that loneliness can cause health issues, early death, and propensity for addiction.  Many say that our society is causing an epidemic of loneliness. I just read a very interesting...

The Way They Should Go

The Way They Should Go

Does your heart quake in today's world for your children and grandchildren? Are you prepared to teach them the way they should go? In Genesis, Chapter 1, the Bible describes God bringing order to a dark, formless, and void world. I believe this gives us scope for...

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