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Linda Kruschke lived trapped in fear because of the trauma she’d experienced in the past. But when she let the secrets out and spoke freely, she started hearing “me too” long before #MeToo was a hashtag. This week, she talks about her journey to living fearlessly.
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Linda Kruschke let fear hold her back from experiencing life for so many years. But then she decided to live fearlessly. We chatted about how God has helped her to overcome her fears and trust him. She opened up and shared so many aspects of her story: from overcoming the fear of water to finding freedom after sexual assault. She talked about how being brave about sharing her story has helped others to overcome trauma.
Linda L. Kruschke writes candid memoir and fearless poetry and delves into hard issues others tend to avoid. She aspires to show women that God’s redemption and healing are just a story away. She blogs at AnotherFearlessYear.net, BrokenBelievers.com, and AnchoredVoices.com, and has been published in Fathom Magazine, The Christian Journal, Bible Advocate, iBelieve.com, WeToo.org blog, The Mighty, and several anthologies.
Linda says so many survivors of sexual trauma never tell anyone their secret, which gives the secret the power to cause shame, guilt, fear, and feelings of worthlessness. She says when she began to tell her story, it lost the power to shame her. She discovered that the fear was a liar and truth could heal.
Now Linda works to help others conquer fear, uncertainty, and regret. She says, “The more I tell my story, the more healing I experience, but I also can see that it offers healing for others because it opens them up to be able to speak freely about their own trauma.”
When I started to let those secrets out and speak freely about the trauma that I’d experienced, I started hearing “me too” long before #MeToo was a hashtag.—Linda Kruschke
Is your #MeToo story a well-kept secret? Do you feel ashamed and fearful because of what happened to you? Linda has a guided poetry resource called “Harnessing the Power of Your #MeToo Experience.” Find that resource on AnotherFearlessYear.net.
It has poetry prompts for the reader to talk to God about any difficult experience. People who write a poem with that resource, Linda accepts submissions for her blog to publish those poems.
Also check out her free eBook: All Creation Sings
Linda is also one of the authors in the Life, Repurposed book where she tells a little bit of her story of how God has used her painful past as a way to bring hope to so many others.
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