Former At-Risk High School Principal Releases Poetry Book on Healing From Trauma
About the Book
The Chains That Bound Us is a collection of poems about the negative impacts that traumatic events can play in people’s lives. Written from the perspective of a bystander, this book aims to foster greater awareness and understanding of life-altering trauma. Self-care resources, along with a trauma-informed breathing and art exercise, are also provided to help individuals take action against the shackles that imprison them and their loved ones.
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” —John 1:5
“Never be a prisoner of your past. It was a lesson, not a life sentence.” —Brad Pitt
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Meet the Author
Mona has lived in Jefferson County, Missouri for 61 years. She is a devoted daughter, wife, mother of two sons and two stepchildren, and grandmother of five. She spent 43 years of her life as an elementary school teacher, counselor, at-risk high school principal, adjunct college instructor, school liaison counselor, and trauma informed trainer.
Meet the Illustrator
Matt Murphy is an artist from St. Louis, Missouri who enjoys all forms of creativity. He has had his own struggles with substance abuse and addiction but has also found sobriety with a changing of paths. He uses his failures as fuel and his passions as a vehicle, hoping his art can help, inspire, and relate to anyone struggling with addiction.