About HeartScribes Restoration House

HeartScribes is a residential restoration house combined with a school that offers traditional academics with a personal healing focus. We minister offline and online, helping trauma survivors navigate the stormy waters following sexual molestation.

This Restoration House began in the dreams of one little girl, who some would call "scarred for life" but who God calls beloved daughter. We're here to help her change the world, by discovering her true identity and mission in this world. It is said that one person who truly finds their true self and life mission will lead to 10,000 others doing the same!

No matter how traumatized, children are far more powerful than we imagine. Each child has the potential to change the world, especially when supported by a loving family. Family is the backbone of society and God is restoring families, cleansing our homes and communities, and restoring the broken ones!

Our world doesn't need more victims; we need Champions!

The BEST people are often targeted by the worst abusers. Our mission is to help each abuse survivor discover her unique gifts and calling that will change the world. We do this through books we are writing and a film we are producing to educate the Church about prevention, detection, and healing from sexual abuse. We believe our oneness in Christ and with each other produces a solidarity through sharing our stories.

In "Crossing Over" I write:

I believe God is raising up Dread Champions who are using their inheritance, like David's Mighty Men. We've been trained in the desert. We've been behind enemy lines. We are survivors of the worst kind of abuse: religious sociopaths. Our weapon is our writing.

In writing our stories, we are breaking the shame barrier. Instead of silence, we are getting our voices back. Instead of cover up, we are exposing. Instead of cowering, we are gaining the courage to confront evil forces.

In Sue Monk Kidd's best-seller called "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter," she writes:

"The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed. 'All sorrows can be borne if we put them in a story or tell a story about them,' said Isak Dinesen, a writer who had plenty of sorrow and told stories to bear it. The story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning….

"I also needed to hear other women's stories in order to see and embrace my own. Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own. Her questions rouse mind. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resoutions call forth my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our stories and our lives are very different.

"Solidarity is identifying with one another without feeling like you have to agree on every issue. It's unity, not uniformity. It's listening without rushing in to fix the problem. It's going deeper than typical ways of talking and sharing – going down to the place where souls meet and love comes, where separateness drops away and you know these women because you are these women." — Sue Monk Kidd (bold mine)

In the HeartScribes Restoration House, academics and therapy go hand-in-hand together, within the context of Family… and it all centers around sharing our stories.

Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. – Malala Yousafzai

Our learning journey follows five main tracks: Academics, Nature, Art, Health, and Spirituality. 

Academics: We help each student learn the joy of studying by encouraging curiosity. To be a life-long learner is our goal, through methods that foster independent study. We employ the Ron Paul Curriculum because it's taught from the perspective of individual freedom and responsibility. Our greatest national treasure is true economic and religious freedom. Students are taught real world skills, including entrepreneurship and business management, along with principles of political liberty. Basic subjects include history, science, mathematics, and English (literature, writing, spelling, etc). In addition, we provide:

  • Chef's School, Art School, Permaculture, Photography, Electronics, Rocket Science, Business School, Civics, Theater and Filmmaking, Blogging, Latin, and much more!

Nature: We are located within minutes of the largest hot mineral springs in the world. The healing waters, a gift from the Native Americans, are open 365 days a year and the healing benefits are well known. Nearby are hills, canyons, rivers, and hiking trails. We believe that in touching Nature, Nature touches us back with healing, peace, and a renewed joy of life. 

Art: Every student learns the Mona Brookes method of "Drawing with Children" in addition to opportunities to explore all art forms. We also use the "Wholetones" approach to music, which provides even more healing and wholeness. Another part of our art course is helping each child create her own life story book – a memoir that documents not just her history but, more importantly, helps her to rewrite her future!

Health: Homemade meals created from natural ingredients are the basis of good nutrition. We also provide access to local therapists, equine therapy, and traditional counseling. A local hospital, dental, and vision offices are within two miles of our location.

Sprituality: We believe true faith thrives in the absence of an institution that relies on a hierarchy of power and control. True authority does not demand control or power but, as Jesus taught us, serves the most vulnerable first and foremost. Service is the mark of true religion. True religion is to look after widows and orphans, as Jesus' disciple James teaches, and to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world's ways. We participate in local churches and also in local Native American prayer lodges. Students are encouraged to pursue private meditation and prayer along with corporate times of seeking God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Journaling is another skill that is modeled and taught.

Our goal is for each child to become strong in heart, through the five disciplines outlined above, as they learn to honor God by loving themselves, living a lifestyle of awe and wonder of the mysteries of the universe, and cherishing the freedom that understanding how they can create their world by the spoken and written Word, as God himself shows us. 

HeartScribes is currently a pilot program. At this time, we plan to stay small – between 1-4 students in-house at a time – because each child needs and deserves focused attention.

Our long-term goal is to buy a restoration ranch with room for many more families and children.

Family is the backbone of society. Love overcomes all evil. As we learn to live our everyday lives by choosing love, our whole world changes. 

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Cyn Rogalski February 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

So, so happy to connect with you again dear Susan!

Been praying for you!

{{{{{HUG}}}}}

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Susan Schiller February 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm

You know, Cyn, I feel your presence, even though we’re separated by distance….. You are such an authentic person and it feels like I’ve known you a long time! Thanks for that awesome hug… and right back at you, my friend!

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Susan Schiller January 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

There are so many resources online for women coming out of abusive relationships, but the field is more limited for children. My local library had zero resources for children, in fact, recovering from sexual molestation. Amazon has plenty, but my library had none! Most of the books focus on sending the message to go to a counselor or therapist… which is okay, but what if a child can’t? We’ve come a long way as a society in making it okay for children to tell their stories and receive help but there is still so little local support for kids. The support on a national level is greater, but the annual tuition fees are more than I make in year.

My goal is to start an affordable residential school, and right now it’s baby steps with networking, writing, and collaborating to produce a film series. It feels like painfully slow progress, but I realize plowing the ground is one of the hardest parts.

The town I live in has an extremely high proportion of registered pedophiles and child molestation is considered normal. This past year I’ve spent too many hours to count (thousands) listening to hearts of children who have endured rape, even from a young age. Their grief gets buried too easily. They find they have to speak up countless times before they are heard, and when they are heard, they are doubted or disbelieved.

Anyway, today is the day my application for a trademark is in motion. Another baby step completed!

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Susan Schiller December 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

December 29, 2015

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
Significant changes have taken place that affect you. Instead of looking back with remorse, set your heart to move forward with a sense of hope and purpose. There are things that you need to understand and accomplish. Position yourself for progression, says the Lord.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

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annon September 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Hi Susan, i have this overwhelming disire to tell/write my story. But dont know where to start. My story is a bit different than the ones i see on here. Have found my voice after being silent about some abuse that happened when i was 8 . This silence lasted 45 years, the box has been opened and i am being set free. I have been on the most amazing journey, i know its far from over but the Lord has been relentless in showing me who He really is. I long for others to be set free and see their true identity in Him. Where do i start?

For some reason your website wont accept my personal Gmail address? I have submitted my family email address

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Susan Schiller September 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Hi annon,

When I started writing, it was just for the sake of writing. I wrote for me alone. I never imagined sharing with a wider audience. And that was back when there was no internet, anyway.

If you want to share in increments, a little at a time, you are welcome to share here at TFO… I love how you say your journey is far from over but the Lord has been relentless in showing you who He really is. That’s where the journey begins! 

Have you asked God where to start? Maybe have a little quiet time and just rest in Him, not trying to figure it out, and wait for Him to show you?

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Susan Schiller July 23, 2015 at 6:34 am

Part of a word from Lance Wallnau, regarding "Keep exposing, keep telling the truth!"

EXPOSURE OF TRUTH…
is what is happening, that's all. The long shroud of darkness that kept a veil over the EVIL is now coming down.

IF enough people stop being complacent and get fired up, the coordinated effect will be staggering. Before the lights go out over America, the lights will be turned up bright. TRUTH will always condemn a LIE.

I've said this all along- but people have not taken me seriously…It's a REMNANT in the 7m HIGH PLACES that shape and manipulate the masses. Let prayer prevail and a few honest souls rise up in high places and if the foot soldiers show up in social media, on the street and in their political activism and the game changes. The secret to victory is as Wilberforce said near 200 years ago..

"THE BATTLE IS WON BY A SUSTAINED PATTERN OF PUBLIC PERSUASION."

I'M SAYING…KEEP PRAYING. Something is happening and heaven is moving in response to somebody's prayers. Could be you!

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Brian Sutton June 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

No I have studied it a lot as my daughter married one 34 years ago & is still with him who had turned their kids into NPDs as well, he has full control of all of them I have not read or heard of a sociopath getting free from this disease. We are Christians and sorry we allowed our beaten down daughter to marry him. He will not have anything to do with God or allow or daughter or grandkids to either. His mother is the worst NPD I have encountered & has moved in with them at aged 82 .NO cures except a miracle from God .It has been heart breaking for us & our daughters 3 brothers who are not allowed near her he made Christmas time terrible would have a fit & take all them home first thing Christmas morning & it is my birthday as well that day.

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Susan Schiller June 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

Your daughter and her family are lucky to have a dad who researches and studies in order to better understand his family. Your pain as a parent is excruciating. That, I know, from personal experience. There is nothing worse or more hurtful to the world than even one damaged family. The family is the backbone of society. The fact that is worsens at Christmas and on your birthday deepens your pain and it’s an abomination!

I do believe miracles are already underway for your family. Your light, love, and prayers are shaking the foundations. Don’t ever give up or feel like it’s too big or too late. You can rewrite your family’s history!

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Linda Honea June 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Hi dear friend, I can't find your monthly archives.  How do I see your most recent posts?

thanks and love, Linda

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Susan Schiller June 5, 2015 at 4:33 am

Hi Linda…

It’s good to see you – I was just thinking of you!

Home page: http://loveyourstory.org has links to the most recent articles. And the archive: http://loveyourstory.org/blog-archives

I love you!

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

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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! 🙂

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Jennifer October 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Wow 

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

HOPE 

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

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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

wow

i laugh out loud in joy lol

 

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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! 🙂

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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!

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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!

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Susan Schiller March 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:   

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.

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Brian Sutton June 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

MY wife and I receive this uplifitng word daily for years now God bless

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Susan Schiller June 29, 2015 at 11:49 am

God bless both you and your wife, Brian!

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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!

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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 🙂

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Sonya Mann January 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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

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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!

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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!!!

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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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