Her lifelong journey began at the age of three, and her story is remarkable. She is a survivor; not a victim. She shares a testimony; not a tragedy. She finds herself in a world confused, alone, afraid, and constantly rejected as the journey unfolds repeatedly in new environments with new people. With each new trial, the ties to incest become more tangled, more mangled. She captivates her readers with the ability to become transparent in a way that it took God's anointing to enable her to become. She is Shonda M. Thompson. Her journey was taken to share with the world in the form of her debut book. Don't Retain the Ashes, Breaking through the Secrecy of Incest endeavors to help victims of incest.