|Stacey Rudge with her husband, Scott.|
Please welcome Stacey Rudge to the Cyber-bistro, this week's special guest host...
Author Stacey Rudge is a magnetic survivor and fundraiser for, the elimination of human trafficking and the 2007 Soroptimist International Women of Opportunity Scholarship essay winner. In addition to numerous public speaking engagements, she has the honor and privilege of teaching the power of God’s infinite mercy to women at In His Steps Christian Recovery Home. She is fast becoming "the voice" depicting the raw brutality women coming out of the sex trade experience.
Stacey hopes to soon find the right publisher as she is now in the final phases of completing her first manuscript, Saving Savannah.
The semi-permanent nature of my life is a press-on tattoo that stays with my body temporarily, just when I think it’s a welcome part of me it cracks and fades, peeling away layer by layer. The truth inside of me is written on a flimsy piece of onion skin paper that disintegrates under pressure of pen.
My very first diary was forest green with incredibly tiny, lined, gilded pages. It snapped together with a shiny brass lock to safeguard the highly personal gushing I, a love-struck fourth grader, entered daily in feverish fits of emotional agony. I promised in most entries to forever record every single thought, conversation, or failed attempt at boy-speak for the remainder of my entire life.
My devotion to write everyday eventually waned. Each brand new journal began with a sincere apology for “not writing for so long,” followed by a heartfelt commitment to future loyalty.
During difficult times, my journals spoke what my voice could not. Each frenetic scribble was proof my soul was indeed intact, the entries evidence of my survival.
How could I have known there would be a time when every missing journal, each ripped-out page left a vacant, gaping hole where long-ago memories could slip right through when I least expected it?
Pages were often saturated with complete love and adoration for my adorable grandmother, the one constant in my life. Her prayers demonstrated the behind-the-scenes layers of hope and protection later set in motion through decades of generational blessings.
The sheer bliss I once embraced by journaling has turned into a powerful ministry tool. Exposing my journey from the Pit to the Palace is how I like to describe the adventure my readers are invited to experience by simply turning each page of the Saving Savannah Series.
My intention in baring this uncomfortably-honest piece is to glorify God in a spectacular way. My passion to reach other women far supersedes any notion of self-preservation; vanity and pride are no longer allowed on the table for discussion.
One of the best-received original ideas I shared with publishers at the San Diego Christian Writers Conference was the “Buy One, Give One” challenge. For every book sold, I ask that an additional copy is purchased and sent direct from the publisher to an incarcerated woman. It’s my own unique way to spread God’s grace through the bars of each cell, one after the other. The limitless exposure of my testimony will remain on book carts and institutional library shelves offering mercy to the countless women who never imagined that hope was even possible!
The epilogue, will include a call to salvation and the post office box address to write the author, (ME!) and share their new found decision for Christ.
My husband and I are members of the Gideons and we can provide Bibles free-of-charge to every inmate who requests one.
How cool is that???
Thank you, Stacey, for sharing your story today. Please leave any questions or comments for Stacey below or email her at StaceyRudge@yahoo.com. You can read more blog stories on Stacey's blog, Saving Savannah. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, there is hope. Stacey asked for this link to be included in her story...