Hello, my name is Austin James. I was trapped in the hell of an abusive lifestyle for over 30 years. From the pain of divorce and a miracle that can only be described as a divine intervention, I awakened to who and what I was for the majority of my life – an emotionally abusive man, husband, and father.
As I began the long, arduous journey of recovery, I created a blog to share my painful experiences as a form of therapy. Emails started coming in from others caught in this lifestyle telling me how much they were helped by reading about my journey and what I was learning in the process.
Once healthy, I decided to write a book chronicling my 5-year journey out of abuse and what I discovered along the way. I was very transparent as I poured my heart and soul into the book, but I had no idea how it would be received – a chronic abuser claiming recovery from his 3-decade abusive lifestyle.
After the book was released I went about rebuilding my life while seeking others that I could potentially help. Fast forward another 3 years and the feedback to my book has simply overwhelmed me! From the reviews left on Amazon from both abuse victims as well as recovering abusers who saw themselves in my story, to the dozens and dozens of emails I’ve received the past 13 1/2 years. Each story a reminder of who I once was and how far the cancer of abuse has spread, destroying men, women, children and relationships along the way.
And so, I recently decided that it wouldn’t be right for me NOT to continue to spread the information I’ve gleaned from the past 9 years as a former abuser. My hope is that it brings insight, healing, and my message – there is hope!! You CAN recover from abuse and live in freedom!
What you are reading is a result of that decision. I’ve learned much, failed much, and learned a TON along the way. But I can say with confidence – I AM free from abuse! And I look forward to helping those touched by abuse in any way I can.
I currently live in the Midwest, enjoying my hobbies that include photography, reading, backpacking, hiking, and simply enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. And for the first time in my life, I’m enjoying inner-peace.