Jennifer grew up in church, and she was fine with that as her lens for the world. Over the years she has gone through many life experiences that forced her to question the role of faith. Is it something that everyone is born with? Do people simply mimic the traditions of their family and environment which, in this case, revolved around the Baptist church that her father pastored? How does one move from not having faith to having faith or from having faith through others to having faith from within oneself?
Using the author’s life experiences, along with the experiences of 18 others, Scarred But Unscathed gives the reader a unique perspective on faith by providing an introduction to a theoretical framework and taking the reader on a journey of discovery. The stories range from conquering dependency on addictive substances to surviving a life-threatening attack, from living through car accidents to growing through loved ones’ deaths. In some cases it is evident that the experience transcends the reality that we are familiar with and requires the reader to look beyond what is in the physical realm to what may be in the spiritual realm. In reading these stories, the reader may have to dispense with pure logic and put on the lens of a voyager on a trip to an unchartered region.
Dr. Jennifer G. Sneed was born in Chicago, Illinois and began her education at Henry Horner Elementary School before her family relocated to Bloomington, Illinois. She graduated from the public schools of Bloomington-Normal (Illinois), earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education from Illinois State University, and went on to earn her doctorate in Educational Administration with a specialization in Education Policy, Politics and Law from the University at Albany/State University of New York.