A tattoo can tell a lot about a person. Some reflect a rebellious season, like the demons that cover Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. Some express religious ties, like actor Mark Wahlbergs once tattooed rosary. Some are symbols of love and loyalty; Some serve as remembrances, like rapper Lil Waynes teardrops, representing deaths of loved ones.
Inked by Janet E. Kusiak and Kimberly D. Goad uses the language of tattoos to explore the question: what has marked your life? Is it a deep well of pain? Is it emotional baggage? Is it depression? In spite of events that are so deeply etched into our hearts, we have the power to change the marks that life makes on us.
An estimated quarter of Americans ages 18-50 have a tattoo. What better way to show how one of the most polarizing of cultural icons can, in fact, be a metaphor for what people have in common? Using stories and slang from tattoo culture, the authors look at the new way Christ desires that we be inked by Him, as the authors explore the marks that have been made on our hearts.
Janet E. Kusiak is a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. She has spent the last two decades consulting with and designing and presenting workshops on the principles set forth in Inked for county probation departments, substance addiction programs, psychiatric hospitals, adult day care centers, rehabilitation centers for the developmentally disabled, Overeaters Anonymous, parenting groups, the International Center for Womens Ministries, and community colleges. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Kim Goad is an author, speaker, consultant and therapist. She has a decade of experience counseling and teaching adolescents and emerging adults, and is the co-author of One Girl Can Change the World and its companion journal and leader guide (Standard, 2009).
Kim is an active speaker and has published articles for Women in the Outdoors, Indiana Alumni Magazine, MD News, Business Network and ChristianBook.com and various eLearning applications. It is her passion to help young people see the relevance of the Bible, and to know God better and the hope to which He has called them.
She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.