June 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm
by Celia Shatzman
If you’re looking for an inspiring story, don’t miss “The Teen Whisperer” in our August issue. After a rough childhood, Lauri Burns spent her teen years moving from one foster home to another and dabbling in drugs. Then she decided to turn her life around and eventually founded The Teen Project to help homeless former foster kids rebuild their lives.
After years of sharing her story of survival and hope with friends or at youth conferences, Lauri realized writing it down could help vulnerable teens overcome addiction or heal from domestic violence. So in January 2010, she self-published her memoir, Punished for Purpose. The book is available on Amazon.com, Kindle and Nook, and 75% of the proceeds support The Teen Project’s programs. Pick up a copy to learn more about Lauri’s incredible journey.
Celia Shatzman is associate editor at Family Circle.