We all want to tell our story because, to each of us, it is the worst thing that ever happened to us, and we want to believe that we would rather accept someone else’s life than our own.  But if we were all to throw our shoes into a circle….you are likely to take back your own familiar shoes before you chance walking in someone else’s shoes.

Our Guest Speaker on the October Membership call was Travis Vining and his book “The Miracle in the Madness” chronicles his journey from his nightmare to happiness, and the process of letting go that eventually transformed his misery into a priceless gift.    

Travis is not a registered citizen; he has always been free to travel and live wherever he pleases, by law.  But he didn’t feel free; he lived isolated, confused, in fear, shamed, and feeling hopeless because of childhood events that included being raised by a sociopathic father that spent 24 years on Florida’s death row for murdering four people.

In his book, he points out that we too often view misfortune as an attack, an intrusion in life, and see ourselves as victims.  In an odd twist of irony, these seemingly unforgivable experiences in life may actually hold the key to freedom from suffering.

For Travis, he went in search of the Truth, and his nightmare became an inspirational journey of forgiveness, healing, faith, hope and miracles.  Regardless of your religion, or where you derive your strength and clarity, you can find a ‘Miracle in the Madness’.  Although his back story is very unique, the physical and emotional impact of his experience is familiar to many registered citizens and their families.  Travis shared what he learned from his journey as one man’s perspective to help others on their own healing journey.

You can listen to the complete 60-minute interview on the web at  https://fccdl.in/7qT1yd5yOz or by phone: Dial 605-475-4953, Access: 739392#, then enter Reference ID: 52#.

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