I’m “Gifted”

I like to tell people that I have a Master’s degree in counseling.  When I’m with Christians, I like to add that my degree is in “biblical counseling” from a seminary.  All this makes me feel terribly important, like I’m super smart and super spiritual…also that I once did something with my life.  As I’veContinue reading “I’m “Gifted””

Book Review + Giveaway:: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson

When 17 year-old Kristen Anderson laid on the tracks in front of an oncoming train, she expected to die.  In fact, she wanted to die.  The incident that should very well have taken her life only took Kristen’s legs, which was still a lot.  Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson with TriciaContinue reading “Book Review + Giveaway:: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson”

Post on Cutting :: Secret Under the Sleeve

I haven’t written about one of the topics close to my heart in a while–cutting and self-injury. Truth be told, it’s not a particularly easy topic for me to cover. There’s always that lion of temptation that haunts me even now, so I do have to be careful how much time I devote to writingContinue reading “Post on Cutting :: Secret Under the Sleeve”

Updated:: Our First Poll Ever!

It’s the South Pole…get it? Pole and poll? Yeah, it’s a terrible pun. The time has come for me to ask you, the readers, what you want to see on Backseat Writer. Or if you don’t like any of these options or have another idea, feel free to leave a comment (or leave a commentContinue reading “Updated:: Our First Poll Ever!”

My Walk to Remember

Originally written in Spring 2004 By Amy Sondova Today I found myself in the most peculiar of situations. I was walking up a steep hill in South Bethlehem with a tattered plastic bag of worthless wares in my left hand and an 80 year-old woman clutching my right hand. Traffic halted as we made ourContinue reading “My Walk to Remember”

When Cutting Comes to Church

By Amy Sondova, M.A. When Cutting Comes to Church: A Guide for Youth Workers is a manual for youth workers who are working with students who self injure. Because cutting still remains largely a female problem, this manual addresses it as such. To get receive a PDF copy of this manual, When Cutting Comes Home:Continue reading “When Cutting Comes to Church”

A Thread of Reality or a Thin Veil of Madness?

I don’t know if you’ve ever found yourself in the place where you have a choice to hold onto a thread of reality or go stark, raving mad.  Suddenly, the thin veil between the two is torn, and you have a choice.  You can feel yourself slowly slipping away, and you know if you don’tContinue reading “A Thread of Reality or a Thin Veil of Madness?”

A Personal Reflection on 2007

As 2007 comes to an end, I’m doing what I do every year–taking an inventory of my failures and successes over that past year.  I generally spend the majority of my time reflecting on my failures, thinking about how I didn’t quite measure up to my very high expectations, and making plans so it won’tContinue reading “A Personal Reflection on 2007”