My next book will contain a new section titled “In the company of angels”. It is a collection of people who have faced a lot of challenges in life and remained positive. More important than their stories, which some of us may be able to relate too, are the ways they were able to overcome those challenges and hang on despite having every reason not to.

Here is where you the reader of this post come in. I am looking to add to that collection. If you would enjoy possibly becoming a part of my next book, I invite you to share your story with us here. Do so in the comments below. If I use your story, I will send you an autographed copy of the book when it is published. In addition you will inspire and help a lot of people who read this post.

We all go through pain and the best way to make use of it is to learn from it. The best way to make pain a gift is to use it to help others who may be going through a similar situation. In your story please include what you went through, how you were feeling and what allowed you to come out the other side with a smile on your face and joy in your heart.


  1. I love your idea and want to help. I have a plethora of painful events and life lessons to share, some of which I plan on using in my own book, but I think I know just the one to share.

    One of the hardest things I dealt with happened when I was 10 years old. My mom’s boyfriend started sexually abusing me, until I was almost 14. For a long time, I felt angry, ashamed, sad, and confused. Why did this happen and why when I needed my mom most, did she turn her back and choose him over me??

    I made a lot of poor decisions early on and after that, they only got worse. I hung out with the wrong crowd and made one bad call after another. Part of me knew I was making bad decisions with the people I hung out with, the constant partying, experimenting with drugs, and stealing to get what I wanted. Part of me reasoned with myself to try to alleviate the guilt and the other part of me felt awful. I didn’t know how to get off the path I was on though, felt like maybe I was doomed to just keep making one mistake after another.

    Through God’s love, putting good people on my path, and lots of will to change, I started to turn things around. It took time and lots of determination to get to where I’m at now. First, I needed to desire a change, which a part of me always did, but not enough. Once I wanted it badly enough, I had to put that desire into action. I needed to distance myself from the bad influences, start hanging around those I wanted to emulate, and start saying no to things that would only make things worse. They say you often become like those you spend your time with. I found that to be true.

    Like I tell my teenage son, it is one good decision at a time. Your past can’t be undone and it can’t lead you to a good future overnight. I had to make one good decision at a time, one after another. I did stumble along my journey to bettering myself, which sometimes made me want to give up.

    Sometimes when things get rough, you have to find strength to push through and not give up. Sometimes what we want most is really hard to get, but it’s worth the time and effort put into it. I won’t claim I never struggle now, that the past has just died within me, but I think I’ve come a long way. I’m not afraid to get close to others now and i don’t have constant nightmares. I do struggle in other ways, but i try every day to be a better me than the day before. I am a work in progress, as I think we all are.

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