Written for teens, but also incredibly helpful to anyone working with students, Secret Survivors tells the compelling, true stories of people who have lived through painful secrets. As teens read stories about rape, addiction, cutting, abuse, abortion, and more, they'll identify with the universal pain in each story and find the strength to share their own story and start healing.
Everyone has secrets. Some you might whisper into a friends ear, while others may stay locked inside you for years
maybe even forever. Its those secrets that you tuck away that eventually control you. You may think youre okay, but really, your secrets can be tearing you apart from the inside out. Secret Survivors tells the compelling, true stories of people who have lived through painful secretsthings that they kept to themselves until they could no longer bear the pain alone. As you read their stories, youll be drawn into their journeys towards healing, and youll understand why its so important to share your secret with someone else in order to start your own healing process. Read the stories of people, who as teens and young adults, dealt with issues like:Date rapePhysical abuseCuttingPornography addictionEating disordersIncestDrug and alcohol addictionAbortion You may find a story that sounds similar to your own secret pain, or you may learn more about secrets that a friend or family member is dealing with. Whether your own story is represented in these pages or not, youll feel a connection to the people in these stories, because we all have some kind of pain tucked away. But you dont have to feel alone in your pain anymore. After you read the stories of these survivors, youll find the strength you need to share your own secret and start healing your heart and soul.
Jen Howver has worked with students for more than 10 years, and has helped plan, promote, and run student conferences nationwide. She volunteers with the youth ministry in her local church, and is proud to be a secret survivor. When shes not writing or hanging out with students, Jen can be found singing and dancing with her husband, Jay, and their daughters, Noelle and Chloe.
Megan Hutchinson is a veteran youth worker who currently serves as a student minister at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Shes a secret survivor who also coauthored Life Hurts
God Heals, an 8-step recovery program for students with unresolved pain and addiction. In her spare time, Megan and her husband, Adam, can be found at the beach, making sandcastles or surfing with their two boys, Jack and Parker.