Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Power of Words to Heal

In Riding Grace, I raised my voice, no longer silenced by illness or abuse, and told the story I’d been afraid to tell all my life. This act of writing my story has healed and transformed me in ways I’d almost stopped daring to dream were possible. In listening to the call of the soul to write, I stopped being a victim—or a survivor—of abuse or illness and reclaimed a wholeness that lives inside me, regardless of what happened in the past. So many people who’ve been abused or seriously ill don’t speak out because of fear, shame and societal stigma and denial. It is my hope Riding Grace inspires people who’ve had their voices silenced to reclaim them. I want readers to know and trust the power that their own words and stories have to heal themselves and others.

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