Sheryl Griffin was awakened at 12:30 a.m. on January 27, 2007 by waves of intense nausea, body-wracking hot flashes, shortness of breath and her heart trying to pound out of her chest.
“Call 9-1-1,” she whispered to her husband. “I think I’m dying.”
After countless medical examinations, tests and consultations, Griffin discovered she was suffering from panic attacks brought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - the result of a troubled life filled with guilt, shame and fear. This revelation set her on a course of self-discovery, to uncover the roots of her anxiety. Little did she know that her healing would require her to pull every scrap of her personal history out from under the rug.
“It was hard and emotionally draining,” she confesses. “There are no quick fixes. But the very thing that God spoke to me during my darkest days is the same thing He offers to you today: There is always Hope!”
Griffin chronicled her journey from abuse to healing in her 2010 book, A Scarlet Cord of Hope. She was amazed at the overwhelming response from both women and men, who were encouraged by her story to seek their own healing. The call went out from readers for an expanded edition that could be used in both personal and group study settings. The result is Griffin's new release, A Scarlet Cord of Hope: Updated and Expanded which released May 24, 2014 in both trade paperback and all major eBook formats from WordCrafts Press.
The updated and expanded edition contains more detail and information, including pivotal chapters in Griffin's life that occurred after the release of the original book. Each chapter still ends with a What I Know Now section that serves to give facts, insight or scriptures that correlate with that chapter, along with five Strands of Hope questions that were created to be self-reflective or used for small group study. These questions were intentionally designed to help readers as they journey toward hope.
Griffin's bold honesty and straight-forward writing style has garnered praise from top names in the Christian communications world, and landed the book on multiple Amazon.com bestseller lists, including #1 on one of the online retailer's Hot New Releases charts.
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury said, "Sheryl Griffin speaks from personal experience and victory, offering hope and redemption for those in even the darkest storms."
"Sheryl has been through enough heartache for a dozen lifetimes and so is the perfect woman to write about very difficult issues like abuse, alcoholism, abortion and others. She truly offers hope to her readers, with practical tips and wise counsel, always pointing to God’s generous gifts of forgiveness and redemption," adds Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible.
Multi-platinum selling, Dove Award winning recording artist Jaci Velasquez called A Scarlet Cord of Hope, "A beautiful story of hope from an equally beautiful lady with an incredible heart."
Sheryl Griffin is a wife and mom, author, speaker and encourager. With extensive training and experience in early childhood education, Griffin has been involved in children’s, youth and women’s ministry for more than two decades.
In 2007, she began suffering from debilitating panic attacks and was consequently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her quest for answers to the many questions she had regarding her past led her to the realization that God had bigger plans for her than just answering those questions. He was calling her to share a message of hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness and freedom. She tells her story at retreats, conferences, women’s events and family programs.
To learn more about Sheryl Griffin, check out her website: sherylgriffin.com