Born cinched in the Bible Belt, I worked the land, loving God and family. I married my high school sweetheart in college. Time revealed him to be an alcoholic/addict. In love, I was desperate for his recovery. We met an intentional community having locations spanning the globe, their own government, a tall ship for trading overseas, organic farms, soap shops, biodiesel and solar energy. My husband joined. Alcohol and drugs were prohibited. I followed. I became ill. Touting sickness and death to be punishment for sin, their leaders proclaimed God smote me over insubordination to men. Years later I found proof God wasn’t to blame, involved possibly. Something supernatural had transpired when I survived. Keeping a journal, capturing details, crippled and bleeding internally, I left, sought medical attention, got divorced, emerged a single mother, and began my recovery. It wasn’t their intention, but I made it out alive! Never underestimate your power … you just might unleash a Phoenix.