On the Way Home – Writing Ourselves into a Better World
The Mini-Memoir Project
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
The Mini-Memoir Project is for everyone who wants to bless the next generation with a living family legacy. Writing a mini-memoir is a beautiful frame to showcase the most important messages of your life story. Yet, it's designed to do even more. The mini-memoir project is created especially for women who desire to let go of deep trauma and write themselves into a better world.
BEFORE: A summary of what readers are saying about their lives: "Something is wrong, right at the core. There must be something more. I keep going, doing what's expected of me, but I feel dead, and it keeps getting worse. I've been to a therapist and I've had all the tests. Nothing is working. People at church gossip and call me a drama queen."
AFTER: A summary of what readers are saying when they begin writing: "There's so much pain, but I'm discovering treasures that give me JOY! Even the pain is a relief because I'm coming back to life. With each story I write, another chain is broken. It feels like a jailbreak – I'm flying free!"
In owning our stories, we are taking back control of our lives from our abusers and rewriting our future, creating our world. Family is the cure, even if it's people we meet through a website like this – Team Family Online.
The family is the backbone of society.
I have a dream of building a community, offline and online, where every member is loved to life through the sharing of our stories. Storytelling, in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, heals our bodies, minds, and souls. I envision within the whole, many smaller circles who collaborate on projects that propel us into a love-based reality.
It's a place where truth is not defined by leadership and dissected into doctrinal statements, but is excavated from within each individual soul, created in God's image.
We abide in Christ and He is our Light. We shine in the dark places, as we rescue the perishing.
One person's victory is a victory for all of us. One person's suffering is ours to share. We embrace our humanity in all of its messiness, and we are not afraid to make mistakes. We hold each other's hands.
It's a time when we discover mercy and grace in the middle of our mistakes and offenses. It's a sacred space, to become real. We're returning to the Garden of Eden experience of being NAKED & UNASHAMED.
We dare to become vulnerable because we are WITNESSES to what we experienced. We are exposing darkness but not to blame, shame, or condemn.
In exposing our wounds, we are creating a pathway for God's Light to SHINE in us and through us.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" - Isaiah 52:7
We cannot be silent, for our silence makes us evil's accomplices!
It's the storytellers who are changing the world!
“Storytellers are the most powerful people on earth. They might not be the best paid– but they are the most powerful. Storytellers have the power to move the human heart– and there is no greater power on earth.” ― Laurie H. Hutzler
Love wins. I've seen the greatest life transformation happen in the telling of our stories.
You're going to get your life back!
My mission is to empower and equip abuse survivors to get their lives back. Through the Mini-Memoir project we identify our adversary, reclaim what is rightfully our inheritance, and take action to create abuse-free zones so that all women, from the youngest to the eldest, may reach their full potential.
I do not have a medical or professional background and this project should not be viewed as therapy or treatment. As a battered preacher's wife, in my own escape to freedom, I discovered the power of writing my memoir was the most transformational of all. I have my life back!
I have listened to hundreds of life stories of both survivors and sociopaths. From them, I have learned much! Through the storytellers, my own life has been healed and is being made whole.
Living the adventure and choosing love today,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor - to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.
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