Healing Between the Lines


Healing Between the Lines


Chills.  Imagine the chills of feeling vulnerable, helpless, worthless…nothing at all.  Imagine the loneliness…the sorrow of not knowing when the chills will end.  Imagine forced smiles and gut wrenching laughter to cover the shame.  Imagine the prayers…the cries…the hurt all while maintaining the perception of happiness and success.  I can only imagine the fear of a little girl holding in all that pain inside using only a pen and many notebooks to cope.  I can only imagine because I simply cannot relate.  What once was silence is now roaring with a voice so loud it ministers to people all over the world.

That voice screams from the book, In Our House; a riveting true story of “perception vs reality” and how a family hid pain behind success.  It’s not just another untold story; it’s the story of multi award-winning author and inspirational speaker, Marala Scott.

“I’ve always been the person I am now.  The things in my book [In Our House] come from my journals.  I would do the dialogue thing in my notebooks- notebooks on notebooks.  I went through many stages to get the negativity out of me – the things in “In Our House.”  Writing brought me to the place I am now.  I didn’t go through this to learn more about myself, this was meant to be for me. I’m certain this will help other people.  Writing pulled me closer to God and helped me understand my life.”


Marala took her unique story and turned it into something positive.  Something that would help others living in silence…fighting their own chills of life. Her testimony was the mitigating factor in overcoming the pain she was experiencing; to accept her past, but not continue to live in it.  Finding the good in her situation has increased her faith and continues to heal old wounds.

“I’m much happier.  I love the person I am.  People can’t say that.  People remember negativity, but we don’t share the positive when something negative in life happens to a positive person.  I had to look at self and determine how do I change.  The best person to talk to is God.  He always answers.”

Marala’s pain engraved word-for-word in her book took 13 years to write.  Something like therapy, sharing her heartbreak with the world gave her the will to forgive.  Her emotional tell-all affected so many, including her family.

“What you read I’ve been through.  I had no advice from others because I didn’t talk to people.  I went from being told I was worthless and ugly by my own father, but God was telling me something else.  God is using the words to talk to others.  I believe it’s what God called me to do.  I’ll take one negative for one hundred positive comments.  I was torn down a lot as a child, but I refuse to be negative to others.  It’s amazing to see people taking in the words and it inspiring others.  I literally went through Hell.”

But how can a child or anyone for that matter find a way to forgive a life so horrible?  How do you pull yourself from the ashes and decide that a terrible situation will not define your life?

Writing is therapeutic.  I decided that was my passion- a big part of my healing.  I was trying to be the opposite of what I know…break the cycle.  If it changes lives I had to do it.  I love loving people.  Before I leave this earth I want to help people.





Her book opened up so many dialogues and even intrigued Oprah Winfrey.   Shortly after her book was published, Marala Scott was named Oprah’s Ambassador of Hope.  This prestigious title carried Marala even further, spreading her messages of positivity, hope and forgiveness across the nation.  Marala began speaking to college students and other masses retelling her story – reenergizing people to find the good in every bad situation.  Her story was used for personal growth and ultimately helping others.

But this is just one chapter of Marala’s inspiring life.  While already intrigued and feeling as though I’ve found a new shero, Marala had one more story to get off her chest.

“I want to tell you something.  Something that I haven’t told any other media, or wrote in any published book, but there’s something about you…something about your spirit.  I love your spirit.

Over 2 years ago the doctors told me I only had a week to live.  I’ve had multiple brain aneurisms.  Doctors were afraid to operate because I would become a vegetable.  I only told my family and Tyrese [Actor and singer/songwriter].  Of course my children were upset.  They stopped their lives for me.  When I called Tyrese to tell him about my brain aneurisms I told him, “I love you…I wanted to tell you..”  He was real quiet.  I wasn’t advised to go and speak, but I had a retreat for women planned and I wasn’t going to let those women down.  I walked away and went home.  I went on to my women’s retreat teaching women to love themselves.  I had planned to inspire.  I am committed to these women.  We did everything at that retreat, including fishing.  Of course I had to be careful not to bump my head or do anything to hurt myself, but this was a commitment that I made to these women.  After the retreat I called my good friend Tyrese.  He said he had to go and hung up.  I understood that he just couldn’t talk about it.  I was getting ready for brain surgery the next day, but 5 hours later, he called back and said, “God told me to pray for you.”  He prayed forever.  He was pleading for God to save my life.  He is true to life…he’s good.  He sent me a song to play during my surgery.  I told him, “I truly love you and I always will.”  He said, “we’re gonna make it.”

Before the surgery I shaved my head bald.  I told my daughter that God said that I will be alright.  She was so upset…crying.  I was joking and laughing about being bald.  I had to laugh not to worry.  When I was laying there on the table before surgery I told God, “do with me what you will,” and a single tear dropped on the pillow.  That tear was a reminder that God was using me.  I wasn’t afraid.  It’s a part of my destiny to go through it.  You can’t be afraid.

Then I woke up with my bed surrounded by love, but people were looking for inspiration from me.  I post my own quotes to help others daily.  Many times I get comments from people saying, “How did you know I needed that?”  I wrote quotes to place online while I was at the hospital.  My daughter posted them until I was able to get my speech back.  I had to learn to read and pronounce my words again.

God has been amazing in my life.  It’s something He wants me to learn.  I have a metal plate in my head, which I call my “battle scar.”

Amazingly, Marala Scott walked out of the hospital with a deeper desire to empower people.  She continues her work as an author and ghostwriter.  Her most recent work includes Bad to the Bone, which depicts a young man at the age of 25 who was diagnosed with leukemia and kept on medication for years creating an addict.  This story is also true.  Her book entitled, Surrounded by Inspiration is simply where she puts inspiring quotes and short stories.

Too many people have inspiring stories.  When someone sends me a message saying that I’ve helped change their life…I’m inspired.  When people tell me that their life is better…I’m inspired.  I work to help them heal.  Learning and forgiveness inspires me.

What’s next for the inspirational powerhouse? Marala Scott is currently ghostwriting several books.  People are calling in droves for her to write their story.  She stated there will be a book about relationships coming soon.  While writing is definitely a love of hers, Marala motivates people with her inspirational speaking.

“Give of yourself and inspire others.  It doesn’t take a lot to help people heal if you put them in the right words.  You can help change the mindset of others just by being kind.  Have FAITH!”


Marala Scott

Multi Award-winning Author, Inspirational Speaker, Ghostwriter and Oprah’s Ambassador of Hope



New Motivation Podcasts with HealYourselfTalk on BlogTalkRadio with Heal Yourself Talk Radio w/Rebbekah White on BlogTalkRadio



In Our House

Bad to the Bone

Surrounded by Inspiration


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Twitter | @MaralaScott


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    January 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Love this! What an inspiring story about Ms. Marala. You just never know what people are going through. You just never know how much words can heal and how much keeping your word truly does matter. This also taught me that when you say you are going to pray for someone, actually do it. I am so glad that you introduce her to me on theLSherie Alert.

    • lsheriedean

      April 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Jessica! That interview was so powerful!

  2. Aly

    January 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Such a powerful story behind Marala and she is truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

    • lsheriedean

      April 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you! You’re very welcome! Marala’s story is touching lives all over the world. I’m grateful to be able to share a piece of it!

  3. miranda

    January 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thnq’s for your insipring word.it help me a lot to fogive my father for abandoning For many years and came in my life at the age of 18 years.I didn’t want anything from him,I hade anger towads him.but now I proudly call hi “DAD” I forgive him and something inside me feel free and now I’m able to communicate with people wich I could’nt I say thank you

    • lsheriedean

      April 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      WOW! Thank you for sharing your testimony! Much strength, love and success to you!

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