190 – Amy & Matt Baumgardner: Advocates For Faith, Hope, & Forgiveness; Authors of “From This Day Forward”

BaumgardnerAmy Baumgardner had a unique opportunity to share her story with the world in May of 2012 when she was asked to be a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Life class with Iyanla Vanzant.

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The segment focused on “Overcoming Guilt”, and Amy was chosen to share her two-year struggle with alcohol, her resulting crumbling marriage, and ultimately, her crippling guilt after a drunk driving accident that left her 5 year old daughter in critical condition.  The segment aired on July 29, 2012 and segments can be viewed on line at Oprah.com

Instead of focusing on shame and guilt, Amy chose to focus her energy on writing a book, From This Day Forward, A Love Story of  Faith, Hope and Forgiveness with her husband, Matt.

Together they share how they have weathered the storm of addiction and rebuilt their family and marriage one day at a time.

Amy is a contributing  freelance writer to In Recovery Magazine and post her personal Blogs on

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Amy makes her recovery, family and spirituality a priority and encourage others to do the same.  She shares her journey in hope that it will inspire others to make the change that is necessary to living the life they always wanted to live.

Matt and Amy have three amazing kids together.  She is truly grateful and has learned that through her struggles she has found her strength.

The 4Give Foundation

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Matt and Amy have started to make 4Give and official 501(c)3 non-profit foundation!

Click the link below to learn how you can help stop the stigma. 4Give is a foundation Matt and Amy started to help those in recovery, stay in recovery.

With a portion of the proceeds from their  book, From This Day Forward, A Love Story of Hope, Faith and Forgiveness and your generous donations they can help individuals having trouble completing their in-patient treatment due to financial hardships or insurance limitations.

All of the money earned will go directly to the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility hosting the individual in need.

Please take a moment to click the link below and donate. Helping just one person can help an entire family through this terrible disease.