INTRODUCTION                                                                                           


Dear Reader, 

As I sit to write to you under the ushering of Christ, I do so acknowledging now at the onset of our time together that I am not a therapist, psychologist, or anyone with any professional knowledge on the subject of suicide. I am merely an individual who stumbled to the edge of a life that I did not want, or know how to live and jumped off into the dark mystery of suicide. And survived!

I did not just survive my suicidal attempts, however. With God’s help, I survived all of the painful situations that once made suicide such an attractive solution to me. Having written candidly about many of those tribulations in my first book, In My Family’s Shadow, I dare not burden your spirit by recounting all of the seedy little details of my life again here. I do share in this book, however, tidbits of situations that led me to think that my life was insignificant and had no purpose. More importantly, I share how I came to learn that such a belief was far from true. My life is indeed meaningful and full of purpose. As was my pain!

As I look back on oppressive situations in my life, I do so with an appreciation for the lessons I gleaned from them. And while I would never want to relive those arduous experiences, I do value the fact that I can now use them to encourage you. - Hence, the writing of this book. I did not survive those moments so I could write about them, however. I write about them because I survived them and want to encourage you to believe in your ability to survive your difficult moments too.
  
This book in itself will not cure you of the pain that is causing you to want to quit life. It is my hope, however, that it will encourage you to such a degree that you come to realize - and believe - that you too are strong enough to fight for your future. It is also my hope that in coming to know that God helped me overcome my dark moments will inspire you to embrace Him and allow Him to prove to you what He ultimately proved to me; pain does not last always. And, it does not have the final say about your life or your future...  


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​​INTRODUCTION 
                                                                                           
Dear Reader,

As I sit to write to you under the ushering of Christ, I do so acknowledging now at the onset of our time together that I am not a therapist, psychologist, or anyone with any professional knowledge on the subject of suicide. I am merely an individual who stumbled to the edge of a life that I did not want, or know how to live and jumped off into the dark mystery of suicide. And survived!

I did not just survive my suicidal attempts, however. With God’s help, I survived all of the painful situations that once made suicide such an attractive solution to me. Having written candidly about many of those tribulations in my first book, In My Family’s Shadow, I dare not burden your spirit by recounting all of the seedy little details of my life again here. I do share in this book, however, tidbits of situations that led me to think that my life was insignificant and had no purpose. More importantly, I share how I came to learn that such a belief was far from true. My life is indeed meaningful and full of purpose. As was my pain!

As I look back on oppressive situations in my life, I do so with an appreciation for the lessons I gleaned from them. And while I would never want to relive those arduous experiences, I do value the fact that I can now use them to encourage you. - Hence, the writing of this book. I did not survive those moments so I could write about them, however. I write about them because I survived them and want to encourage you to believe in your ability to survive your difficult moments too.
  
This book in itself will not cure you of the pain that is causing you to want to quit life. It is my hope, however, that it will encourage you to such a degree that you come to realize - and believe - that you too are strong enough to fight for your future. It is also my hope that in coming to know that God helped me overcome my dark moments will inspire you to embrace Him and allow Him to prove to you what He ultimately proved to me; pain does not last always. And, it does not have the final say about your life or your future...  ​​​