Shattering Masks - The Book

***I have officially suspended the GoFundMe campaign!! While we didn't reach the dollar figure we were aiming for, we did manage to get the book published. I am truly grateful for all of you who offered your support. You will be getting your copy on the book around the end of September. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit to learn about the new not-for-profit venture we have launched. Your continued support and encouragement will be welcome***

Getting close to publishing...and so much more!
All is on track for the book to be released this September! We are in the final stages of production and getting more excited all the time.

I am also in the process of launching a not-for-profit that will serve as a platform for delivering the over all message of Shattering Masks: we have value at the very core of who we are! Sophia Sojourn Inc will seek to encourage healthy, spiritual growth in marginalized people and to give them a voice, specificially in faith communities. 

Your contributions to the book will also help the new venture get off the ground!

What is is about?

As I state in the introduction, the book is about "the 'me' you will only find when you look between the labels." It is mostly autobiographical and it covers everything from fighting depression and suicidal thoughts to my gender identity to deconstructing and rebuilding my faith.

Why did I write the book?

I kept seeing the need for specific conversations to happen. My hope is that the book will give perspective for those who see others struggling with any number of things, and give words to those who are struggling but may not be able to find the words for themselves.

How much do I need?

Not as much as you might think - but every little bit will help in promoting the project. My set goal is $3,750.

Your contributions will help cover publishing and promotional costs. 

Committed Reader

$15 – A signed copy of the book, shipped (or hand delivered when possible) to you! (unsigned copies are $20!)

$30 – A signed copy of the book AND the satisfaction of providing 2 copies in my inventory to share with pastors, counselors, school administrators and hurting families.

Virtual Librarian

$100 – all of the above, plus a three panel frame with 5x7 prints of the original “It’s a new day…” inspirational memes. Great for the office or study! (I’ll email you a list with the 10 images and you can pick your 3 favorites)

Connoisseur of Written Arts

$500 – all of the above plus a framed, numbered and signed copy of the original artwork that is being created for the cover! It will be astounding.

When you make your contribution, I will get your email address from Go-fund-me. I will reach out to you to get your shipping information and then I will ship the books and other gifts as soon as they are available (even if it’s before the official release date!).

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Laura Beth Taylor 
Lewisville, TX
Bryan Buchleiter 
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