Jaded Grace is my personal experience of surviving childhood sexual abuse and coming to my own spiritual enlightenment through a series of awakenings.
I journey through the effects the abuse had on my life, my battle against drug and alcohol addiction, the throes of depression, the lure of the sex industry and the repercussions of my chosen lifestyle as an exotic dancer. I share the inner strife, unyielding pain and horrific behavior of a battered and broken spirit, and how I transform through the simple courage to heal.
It begins during my darkest hour and an intent to end my life. I write a suicide note reaching out to offer the world my story as one last hope to help someone, anyone in the same kind of pain. My final desire was to let someone know that I understood what pain was and how I saw it in so many but at that time was hopeless to heal. Out of desperation to understand the world in which I lived, the world in which I both loved and hated and the world from which I would choose to abandon, Jaded Grace was born. From the depths of despair but with a heart yearning to heal, my experience with another realm would seize the act of suicide for the time it took to write the book and prompt a spiritual journey taken on faith and guidance from a world beyond ours.
By the end of the shared journey, eight years later, I have not killed myself but yet changed my entire life – reborn of love and a joyous thirst for living to the fullest. A hopeless wounded girl becomes a woman of integrity. A victim becomes a survivor. It carves a path of healing, from the dark into the light, for those that come from all walks of life. It shares the pains we all experience in one way or another because we are all One.
Ultimately, Jaded Grace is my voice. The voice that was once stolen from me. And, I hope it becomes a voice for those who remain silent.
Shannon has that rare ability to write with a breathtaking rawness that allows the reader to immerse themselves in the emotional depth the story so brilliantly portrays. Her book, Jaded Grace, is a must read for anyone going through recovery from any addictive substance or relationship. Young or old, you will be gripped by her reflection and courage as she takes you through her transformational journey. Jasmyne Boswell, Author and Writing Coach
Shannon’s book rocks with raw power and emotion. It is an inspiring journey from the depths of despair to freedom. Anyone who has felt there in no way out needs to read Jaded Grace and discover that they too, can step back into loving themselves. Peter Mellen, Author Ultimate Happiness
Photo credits: Year Zero 01 taken by Pamela Queri