Shannon Deitz is a woman in love with God and excited about her faith. But it wasn’t always that way. While still a teen, her boyfriend was tragically killed in an auto accident, and she began to question a God who would claim a young man with so much life yet to be lived. At the fragile age of seventeen, she was raped and she began to distrust a God who would allow such a thing. Again, as a freshman in college, she was raped a second time, and she began to earnestly put as much distance between herself and God as she possibly could.
It has been said that the best thing about hitting bottom is that, when we do, we have no place else to go but up. Such was the case with Deitz. At the age of 27, having run from God as far as she could go, she found herself at the bottom of a life that was no longer tolerable. Having no place to go but up, she looked to Heaven. And there was God, surrounding her with His peace. It was the beginning of a love story that has grown more beautiful with each passing day.
Shortly after her love affair with God began in earnest, Deitz felt a distinct calling to begin teaching the teens at her local church. Not only did this give her an opportunity to share her own struggles as a teen and tell others how God changed her personal tragedy into triumph, but it also allowed her to look beyond the traditions to more deeply explore the intricacies of her Catholic faith.
Having spread the message of God’s amazing love to thousands of teens, she eventually felt called to broaden the sphere of those with whom she shared her personal story. Her book Exposed: Inexcusable Me…Irreplaceable Him (Pleasant Word Publishing) offers encouragement and hope to both teens and adults suffering from physical and emotional abuse.
“My goal is to see my generation get it. I want to see the 20-somethings, 30-somethings and 40-somethings seek out Christ in a way that they can give up the trials and errors of the day and turn them over to Him. We are inundated with worries upon worries, bills to pay, families to raise, marriages to save, parents to take care of, children to figure out, illnesses to bear, images to keep up with, co-workers to counsel, bosses to please and clients to tolerate. We each have our own cross, but God never intended for us to carry it alone.”
Shannon is available for interviews. Review copies of her book are also available.