Our Dark, Ugly Secret for Healed Lives

Lisa Cherry —  July 8, 2010

I walked into the St. Louis convention center and found myself surrounded by the high class corporate displays of Christian publishers, music companies and suppliers.  I was the small town girl gone to the city, and this was way outside my comfort zone!  How ever did this happen?  Me, an author?  At my own book signing?  Being interviewed on radio and TV?  But there I was, ready or not, scheduled to launch out into deep waters with my young co-author daughter at my side!

We donned the radio-style earphones and took our places in front of the over-sized mikes, trying to hide our adrenaline overload.  Five minutes before airtime at our first interview, we discovered it would be live.  There we sat, ready to unveil to the world our family's most horrible secrets.

I heard them give our names in the pre-show teaser.  Would my mind go blank?  “3-2-1  Welcome....”  No time for second thoughts now!  I could only hope to avoid further embarrassment.

Why would we want to write a book about our family's darkest chapter?  Why would we dare to talk about ugly problems like sexual abuse, suicide threats and cutting?   Because 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18.   Because parenting teens has never been trickier.  Because what God has taught us could rescue countless lives set on destruction.  Because overwhelming numbers of teens, even in Christian families, are falling into the trap of teenage rebellion.  And our God has called us to speak.

We found our voice and mustered our courage.  And sure enough, God came through when His words filled our mouths.  After a few sessions of interviews, we even found ourselves having fun!  Each time we told our story, our faith grew.

Truly God has performed a miracle on our behalf and now He wants the world to know.  He is no respecter of persons.  What He did to heal our wounded hearts, He will do for others.  We must but take Him at His word and ask.

Risk embarrassment and shame?  How could we do anything less!  Our lives are His and He deserves our best!

My fellow readers, will you step out into this adventure with us?  All around us we hear the stifled cries of a generation dying.  Can you hear their pain?  As we launch Kalyn's Secret: Every Parent's Battle to Save Their Children, we’re taking our part in His plan to rescue.  Will you let Him give you your part?  Do you have extra love for the unlovable?  Will you stand with us and fight for our kids?  Do you have a story of God's healing to share?

It’s just one week away from our official book release.  I am in awe of what He has done.  Will you launch out into the deep with us?  Go to http://kalynssecret.com/.  Ask your friends to go to the site on our blitz day: Saturday, July 17.  Let's make it a bestseller that day so more lives can be healed!