Road Out Of Oz

Searching For a Way to Explain It

I’ve been helping women* recover from sexual abuse since 1992, and over the years I’ve noticed that women who are trying to decide whether to begin the process of recovery often have some common questions… How long will this take? What do I need to do? What will happen? What if I can’t handle it?...

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Searching for a Way to Explain It.

I’ve been helping women* recover from sexual abuse since 1992, and over the years I’ve noticed that women trying to decide whether to begin the process of recovery have some common questions… How long will this take? What do I need to do? What will happen? What if I can’t handle it? How will I...

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Quote – Control

“Show me a controlling person and I’ll show you a person who is secretly afraid.” – Donald Miller.

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Why "The Road Out of Oz?"

MGM’s movie adaptation of Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was intended solely for entertainment. Yet this movie can also serve as an allegory to guide those on the journey of recovering from sexual abuse. Early in the movie, Dorothy encounters a frightening twister that threatens her existence and turns her world upside...

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Quote – Change

“In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” – Lee Cockerell.

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She Seemed Like She Had it All Together

She was married to a successful businessman, and was the mother to some great kids. She was well known in her community and her church. She was active in helping other women overcome various struggles. She loved her husband, her kids, and her God. She seemed to have her life together, so as we began...

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Quote – Courage

“Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” – Eddie Rickenbacker.

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The Curtain Opens

What do you remember about the beginning of the movie The Wizard of Oz? Maybe you remember Dorothy fearfully looking over her shoulder as she runs home. Or perhaps you remember the family and farm hands ignoring Dorothy as she tries to tell them about mean Almira Gulch. Or maybe you remember Almira Gulch, menacingly...

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Quote – Courage

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Skipping the Backstory

Did you ever notice how The Wizard of Oz  jumps right into the story. After the opening music fades, we immediately see Dorothy and Toto anxiously running home after an altercation with Almira Gulch. In other words, the movie skips the backstory. We don’t know what happened to Dorothy’s parents or why she’s living with her aunt...

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