About the Author

Amy Hughes is a mom of 9 from California. She is a writer, speaker, and a Christian guide for gentle parenting. Amy regularly writes for the revolutionary homeschool community Wild + Free, and has been a keynote speaker at many homeschool and parenting conferences.

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  1. What a beautifully courageous woman to share her story of struggle and the peace she now has in Jesus. Thank you for sharing so others can try to be there for hurting people. God bless

    • Thank you for your kind words. I believe so much that sharing our stories can be healing for others in the trenches.

  2. Such a powerful story and I am touched that you were willing to share this with us. Thank you for your honesty.

  3. Thank you so much, Amy. We have experienced this in our family, and I know that other families have also gone through this with their teenagers. I commend your bravery in sharing the real and raw details of what you went through. We were blessed to have an amazing Christian Therapist that helped our family through a very dark time. I advocate for Christian mental health counseling whenever I get the opportunity to share our story.

  4. Amy,

    Thank you for being so courageous to share such an intimate story. So many people are seeking some attention these days. Praying someone can share Jesus & His scars of love with them.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Thank you for being so open and raw telling your story. This was very close to home as my son used to be a cutter. Praise God, he got saved and no longer does that. May God continually bless you!

    • Thank you, Rachel! I didn’t realize the impact this topic would have, I’ve heard from so many people about it, people sharing their stories with me. I’m so honored to bear witness. Thank you for giving this me this opportunity.