Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Q&A with Anne Reeder Heck

Anne Reeder Heck is the author of the new memoir A Fierce Belief in Miracles: My Journey from Rape to Healing and Wholeness. A writer, speaker, healer, and artist, she lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Q: You write, "I consider my story nothing short of miraculous, and one that needs to be shared." What were some of the reasons that you decided to write this memoir?


A: After being raped, I navigated years of physical and emotional challenges and wanted desperately to read a true story of someone who found peace and wholeness after their trauma. I wanted to know it was possible, and I wanted to hear how another person had done it. There are few true and uplifting stories about sexual violence.


When, after 14 years, my case went to court, the perpetrator tried, and justice was served, I knew I wanted to share my story. It seemed that once I firmly committed to healing, the universe conspired to deliver the peace and healing I sought. This defied logic and felt miraculous—still does. It’s a story worth sharing. 


Q: What impact did writing the book have on you?


A: The most challenging part of writing my story was being re-traumatized. After years of healing work, I felt I was grounded enough to rehash my story. But with the reading and editing process, old trauma patterns surfaced, and I needed to make self-care a priority.


Though this was challenging, it was also an opportunity for growth. It reminded me that I serve myself and others best when I take loving, compassionate care of me.


Q: How was the book's title chosen, and what does it signify for you?


A: Like most of us, I’ve been taught to engage my rational mind to solve a problem. Healing from trauma can’t be approached with logic; healing happens when we listen to our heart and follow its lead. This belief in heart—in love—creates an opening that allows for transformation. Believing in miracles is, for me, a belief in love.


Q: What do you hope readers take away from your book?


A: I hope my readers grasp the power of an open heart and loving intention. 


Q: What are you working on now?


A: I have several projects in the works. I’m drafting a work titled The Power in You, which will be filled with tools, activities and exercises that connect women and girls with their innate power of intuitive wisdom.


I also have a book of poetry that I’m putting finishing touches on, am dreaming in a women’s circle for spiritual empowerment, and am growing my creativity and spirituality by working with some new teachers.


Q: Anything else we should know?   


A: You can learn more about my journey, creative ventures and miracles at www.anneheck.com.


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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