This is No Ordinary Joy, published on Amazon.com in May 2013 is the story of my work launching Made By Survivors over the past 8 years, and the heroic survivors and activists I have met along the way. The last thing I expected when I went to Tribeca film festival in 2003 as a composer of TV music and the mom of two small children was to have my entire life turned upside down, but that is exactly what happened when I learned about the plight of millions of women and children sold into slavery. Once I knew and understood how they were suffering, I just couldn't go back to living my life the way I was before, without doing something to help.
There have many adventures along the way, moments of despair and feeling overwhelmed or just unbearably sad, disasters and some hilarious missteps. Then came moments of triumph and exhilaration as I began seeing girls transform and rebuild their lives.
The book and our work have been featured these past few months in many publications and on network TV. Click here to see me here talking about it on CBS Miami or hear about it on Boston's Magic 108 Exceptional Women Program.
I have created a photo album with images from every chapter of the book. Access the photo album here. Scroll down towards the bottom of each photo, or click on it for information about the content and which chapter it belongs to.
I hope that my story encourages you in your efforts to create a more just and loving world, and I would love to engage with you on the Made By Survivors Facebook page. Please sign up to join our community of hope, and get updates on the survivors, partners and team members you met in the book, as well as special offers and exclusives on products made by our survivors.
Buying the survivors' handcrafted jewelry and bags helps them to continue building a bright future. You can also donate to shelter building, education for children freed from slavery, and other initiatives to fight trafficking and empower survivors. 100% of donations go straight to programs.
About the Author:
Sarah Symons is the co-founder and Executive Director of Made By Survivors. She is married to John Berger, co-founder and CEO of Made By Survivors, and the couple live in St. Augustine, Florida with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prior to becoming an abolition activist, Sarah was a touring musician (singer-songwriter and keyboardist and member of the acoustic duo The Syrens) and composer or music for television. Sarah released five CDs and her music was frequently heard on network television.