Be You. Live Free. Tell your Story!

Hi, I'm Susan. I write in the wilderness, literally and spiritually. Can a city woman become a rancher? A former homeschooling mom, can she run a hazmat site? What are the odds a Chicago children's pastor would go live among Indians, out West? Those are some of the adventures I write about.

Mainly, I share pieces of my memoir, writing naked and unashamed, because my life message is that hitting rock bottom and losing everything can be the defining moment of your life. 

On the other side of rejection, abandonment, and betrayal is the place where you find your true self. You don't have to achieve, perform, or do anything to be loved, valued, and accepted. You are not too much; you are enough.

My goal is to take as many hurting women as I can on a journey deep into the Father's heart, a place where widows are transformed into brides and orphans receive a family and a home.

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This blog began with a burning vision, back in 2010….

I saw women and children who had been abused boldy and vulnerably sharing their stories. These life stories were published, creating thousands of new family legacies. Their writing created beauty out of chaos, as they re-framed their past and re-wrote their future.

I saw families not only living together, but working as family entreprenuers and inventors. Families truly became the backbone of society – spiritually, governmentally, socially, and economically. 

I saw justice and righteousness racing to join beauty and truth. The artists and inventors, the women and children, the disabled and despised, the misfits and broken ones were leading the way.

We can write ourselves into a better world!

Let us pick up our books and pens. They are the most powerful weapons. – Malala Yousafzai, seventeen-year old winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

This peaceful place is the staging area where we wage war, as heart scribes, and we write to freedom. We share our stories with each other. We use empathetic listening to heal our souls. 

I Write About…

  • Abuse-free Zones​ – what sociopathic abuse is and how to release yourself from its hold.
  • Life Reinvention – strategies to create beauty out of chaos and to get your life back.
  • Writing your Memoir – writing prompts, inspiration, sample stories, and more!
  • Love from Papa – love letters from Papa that fueled and guided my escape to freedom.
  • Hope for Survivors – inspiration and education on surviving a pathological relationship.

My Purpose

I am building a community of writing warriors who confront injustice, unrighteousness, and oppression. We speak up for victims who have been silenced. We are an alarm clock, awakening good people who are not yet educated about the spiritual and domestic violence that is happening in our own homes, churches, and communities. We employ strategies to create abuse-free zones.

We cannot afford to be evil's silent accomplice. We do not extend easy grace to unrepentent, ongoing abusers. We are no longer the hunted. We are warriors who fight with Truth, in Love. We walk in intimacy with our Savior, Christ Jesus, but we confront the evil that happens inside church doors and closed systems of spiritual abuse.

How do we accomplish our mission? We write our memoirs. It's in the writing that we understand our past. Writing unearths the treasures and we sow them like seeds into our future. In the process, identity is restored, and with it, our inheritance. We are restoring the backbone of society – the family.

Don't miss out!

If you have a passion to write a memoir in such a way as to unearth treasures hidden below the rubble of your past and to sow those treasures into a living family legacy, writing a better future for your own family, join me by registering below! Stop or start anytime, advance at your own pace. Live the adventure!

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With all my love,


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 to freedom and fullness.  
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.

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Sue November 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

So glad I stumbled upon this website!  Coming out of a 16 year relationship with a sociopath and finding it difficult.


Susan Schiller November 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hi Sue,

16 years, wow – I’m glad you are coming out! It’s more than difficult, it’s mind-bending. But the more you are educated about pathological relationships, the easier it becomes to extricate yourself from the craziness, the terror, and the exhaustion of dealing with a sociopath. 

I send you love and light!


Hilary November 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

So now I know what to label my father and husband! Although not in the same awful situation as you, I see so many behaviors I didn't understand, made clear, and best of all, fore warned is fore armed. Now I can see why I seem so normal when in out, and change in theit presence….already trying the changes to make sure I am the real me no matter what….yes!

I am not in danger physically and I have a much easier time than so many, but the fog had lifted, I can enjoy what I want, ignore the rest, and help my sons, who are fine, learn more about what it is and how to deal with it. I am 60 but never too late to learn. Thankyou so much for sharing your life story, agony and the enlightenment, such a blessing you are :)


Susan Schiller November 6, 2014 at 5:44 am

Hi Hilary,

Thanks so much taking time to say hello and share a little of your story. It feels good to come out of the fog, doesn’t it? I’m not much one for labeling people, but in this case naming the pathology is the first step toward emerging from the darkness. 

I’m so glad you’re sons are fine – that is the best blessing there is!

Thanks again for your kind words and for sharing here, Hilary! :)


Jennifer October 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm


Your site is powerful and I instantly I felt a warm hopeful feeling of healing just in the first paragaph


I felt this feeling of light at end of tunnel and hope restored as I read 

You can feel the power in the writings

Your writings are healing power

I have been abused and the process of healing has just begun

praise God


Jennifer October 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I just cant say enough about this lol

Yes its like He knew exactly what to say and what needed to be said at that moment and spoke it out for just that person that would red it and needed to hear it

Like this is the Lords page speaking to me and others


i laugh out loud in joy lol



Susan Schiller October 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thank you for such kind and joyful words, Jennifer! I am sorry we meet under these circumstances, but I’m glad we connected! :)


Joyce Lagana June 2, 2014 at 6:41 am

I love this.  I LOVE THIS!!  It is so right, so true, so on-target.  Oh, that we would stop dwelling in the shadows and step into the light to rescue the world!  Bless you, Sue, for doing just that!


Susan Schiller June 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

You are a hero, Joyce – thank you for your courage and strength in the many battles you have led the charge!


Susan Schiller March 3, 2014 at 6:57 am


You can make great progress spiritually at this time, but you must be willing to let go of everything that will keep you where you are.  Your stubborn refusal to hang on to whatever represents comfort or security will become a stumbling block to your own personal liberty.  Be willing to rise up from where you've been and soar in the Spirit on your thermals of faith, says the Lord.  Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Kellie March 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hi Susan!

Thanks for your comment on my site. Somehow I clicked on your link and got to someone elses site…weird. Oh well, I got the opportunity to read and comment on her post. Your work sounds so interesting. I've always been curious about the lives of victims and their perpetrators. That's likely why I write crime fiction on the side…lol. Keep up your dedication and contribution to the planet! Cheers!


Susan Schiller March 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Hi Kellie,

A dream interpretor and a crime fiction writer, and probably more…. I really look forward to getting to know you, Kellie! Thanks for sharing here :)


Sonya Mann January 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

You have a way with words–very evocative! God bless!


Susan Schiller January 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Thank you for your kindness, Sonya, and your very gracious words of encouragement. I am glad you are here and thank you for coming!


marvia November 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Love your words Susan. Roaring truth to set captives free.  God's truth cannot be quelled or quenched.  It is water for the soul and rest for the weary.  It is the invitation to join in community with Him.  Good word!!!


Susan Schiller December 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Yes, Marvia…. you have His eyes and see the world as He/She does! I like the word, "roar" as well… thank you so, so much for being here, my dear friend!


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