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“Turning Tragedies into Triumphs:  Stories & Conversations with Torah Bontrager” is a weekly podcast that features amazing and courageous individuals who have come forward to share their stories with the world.  The conversations between two fellow survivors take place over a virtual dining room table in a safe, judgment-free zone where we not only learn about accounts often never publicly disclosed before, but we also learn a little bit more about Torah along the way.

A companion show to her memoir An Amish Girl in Manhattan, Torah created the podcast to emphasize that trauma (of all colors, shapes, and sizes-- not only sexual) knows no boundaries and that her story of repeat sexual assault, abandonment, parental rejection, identity crises, disastrously failed romantic relationships and trust issues are heartbreakingly universal in our national and global cultures. 

Watch the episodes to be inspired and to know that you're not alone and that you don’t have to be extraordinary to be Extraordinary.  New episodes air each Wednesday. 

Please ask us questions and leave comments.  We will read all of them.  We want this to be an interactive show and build a strong community of support both online and offline.  Every four or five episodes, we will do a special "Question and Answer" segment where we pick from what's been submitted.  The more you comment/ask, the higher your chances of getting answered via the special. 

INVITATION CALL:  If you would like to share your story with the world, please contact us at www.TorahBontrager.com/contact.  No story is insignificant.  The seemingly smallest things that happened to us as children can have a lifetime negative impact if left unaddressed.  This podcast and community is designed for you to feel safe, speak out in your own words and experience non-judgment and unconditional love from a human-hood of strong women, men and other/no-genders.

Mar 30, 2017

Elam Zook is a writer, critical thinker, and self-taught-scholar on how the Amish religion intersects with modern society.  He is a consultant for the course The Amish at Franklin & Marshall College, a rare position given that he has no degree.  He is also co-writing a book with renowned Professor of Anthropology, Prof....


Mar 23, 2017

Elam Zook is a writer, critical thinker, and self-taught-scholar on how the Amish religion intersects with modern society.  He is a deeply devoted advocate of the Amish community, having moved beyond his culture-of-birth and journeying far in a new realm of experiences and understandings, only to discover that in many...


Mar 16, 2017

This is the third and final part of the sisters' story.  Sovilla had been about to walk out on her husband because of communication conflicts and Lucinda would clash with her husband because she felt her freedom was being infringed upon.  Both sisters’ lives changed drastically when they did The Grief Recovery Method,...


Mar 9, 2017

Sovilla and Lucinda Coblentz are entrepreneur sisters who run their small family Amish custom woodworking business in Texas together with their husbands.  We discuss the methods used against captured Amish escapees and that it’s a miracle that any child makes a successful attempt after the first one has failed.  Torah...


Mar 9, 2017

Fiona Teng, an activist and writer of “Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad’s Absence” on The Huffington Post goes in-depth on the challenges of working on one’s traumas and how mindfulness meditation has changed her life.  “Mindfulness opens up a space in the conscious mind to let the subconscious stuff come...