Purpose For The Pain (by Renee Yohe)

By Jonathan FrazierJuly 16, 2008

Hey friends!

I’m sitting outside of starbucks in Winter Park right now

and I just wanted to take a moment to share some exciting things with


Hey friends!

I’m sitting outside of starbucks in Winter Park right now and I just wanted to take a moment to share some exciting things with you. I have seen some beautiful things born from a conversation that occured one night just over two years ago, stories of redemption and hope and the struggle to find them, and since then have been priviledged to watch the growing response. I am humbled and overjoyed to share more of my story firsthand. My book, Purpose for the Pain, is a compilation of journals that I kept through my journey from addiction to the daily fight for recovery. It is my hope to provide you with a tangible example of the redemption in my life that you may be encouraged to find it in your own story. My desire is to be transparent, as ugly and awkward as it may be, from the darkest of
corners to the most beautiful parts, and everything in between. I hope that by giving you this piece of my heart you might be inspired, enlightened, and comforted in each of your journeys, knowing that you do not travel alone. I fiercely believe that there is nothing that
cannot be redeemed and that the fight for it is worth it. Secrets keep us sick. This is my attempt to shed light on the dark that it may no longer have power, and defuse the lie that our burdens should be kept silent. I would encourage you to write, to speak, to dream, to fight for truth and healing in your own lives. This is my story, offered to
you, that you may find yours.


Renee’s book, PURPOSE FOR THE PAIN, is now available for pre-order in the TWLOHA Online Store.
Orders will ship 8/23.

TWLOHA began with Renee’s story. Purpose for the Pain is Renee’s story in her words; a collection of handwritten journals documenting her journey from addiction to sobriety and pain to hope. Over 300 pages.

WARNING: This book contains mature and graphic content relating to the issues that Renee has struggled with (depression, addiction, self-injury, suicide, sexual abuse). Please use your discretion. We believe that the book is ultimately an honest story of hope and redemption, but parts of the story are very painful.

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  1. Hunter Kessler

    Hey Renee I was wondering how you did it i watched the movie and I thought it was very moving but I have some issues of my own and I don’t exactly know how to get rid of them or help myself.
    I have issues with myself I have body issues I don’t think i’m beautiful and i’m bullied all the time its my sophomore year in high school and I feel like if it doesn’t stop then I might do something stupid.
    I hope I get better and your story helped in some way thank you for sharing your story and I hope to hear from you..

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