Family is the Backbone of Society

Family is the backbone of society.

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

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.

In writing our stories, we are learning to be comfortable in our own skin.

We are discovering we are not too much, WE ARE ENOUGH!

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.

We cannot be silent, for our silence makes us evil's accomplices!

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

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 story was the most transformational time of all.

I have listened to hundreds of life stories of both survivors and sociopaths. From them, I have learned the most! Through the storytellers, my own life has been healed and is being made whole.

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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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Susan Schiller June 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

"You cannot worry about someone and love them at the same time. Most people mistake the emotion of worry for the emotion of love. They think that worrying about somebody means that you love them." ~ Abraham


Joyce Lagana February 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I love your heart!



Susan Schiller February 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I love your heart, too, Joyce… what a special way to share hearts, opening the windows and doors right here online! The shortest path to heart-to-heart chats is through sharing stories! 🙂

Thanks so much for your kind words, my friend.


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