Shawna K. Lindsey

Shawna K. Lindsey came to H*Art as a volunteer with our Low-Vision group art expression class for artists with blindness or low vision. She soon realized that she found comfort and healing amidst her fellow-artists and decided to share her story and her talents, joining as an exhibiting artist. Here is her story, in her words, “I was born in Knoxville, TN. I have suffered from PTSD for 50 years resulting from childhood sexual abuse. I joined an oppressive, legalistic cult when I was 16. I came to faith in Jesus when I was 20, but spent the next 26 years in the cult. I was misdiagnosed and medicated for Bipolar Disorder. After my father’s suicide, a slow healing process from my PTSD began. I married, raised 3 children, finished my B.S. in Speech Pathology in 1989, and went to law school in 1995. In 2008, I was able to go to seminary. God opened my eyes and led me out of the cult in 2009. I now proclaim redemption, freedom and grace through Jesus; He is my emancipator and liberator! Art music, and writing have brought me healing and hope throughout life’s journey. My husband and I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren! I work as a substitute teacher.”