Stephanie Arje is best known for her passion to seek “truth” and her courage to live the truth she found no matter the cost. She has worn many hats including that of lay counselor, women’s ministry leader, lobbyist, writer, teacher, wife, mother and motivational speaker.
After high school Stephanie began studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Her goal of graduating with a K-8 bachelor’s degree in education was interrupted by a series of heart-breaking events that changed the entire course of her life in more ways than she could have imagined.
Finding truth and purpose for life became became her passion. It was a journey that would lead her to Washington D.C. protesting the war in Viet Nam, to living in Greenwich Village and traveling Europe in a theater company. But her hunger was not satisfied so she dabbled in mysticism, experimented with drugs and engaged in promiscuity. Her experiences were indeed eye opening.
Stephanie ended her search when she had an encounter with the greatest power of all, Jesus. Her mission then became one of determining what it looks like to live as a believer. With 11 other seekers she boarded a school bus (outfitted to be a home) exploring areas of the United States and parts of Canada in search of “real” Christians.
Whether speaking in a small group, a civic organization or a religious organization, Stephanie is known for her ability to engage the audience with her passion, her facts and her storytelling from life lessons. An overcomer of great adversity, Stephanie speaks to issues of the heart; her experience working in the political world equips her to speak to issues of the church and the nation as well.
Stephanie’s gift for teaching and her desire to see hearts mended has crossed generations touching the lives of children, youth, and adults.
In this her first book, Stephanie addresses a very important issue of the heart, abuse – emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse. Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner or family member during their lifetime.
Stephanie was among the 50%. It is her prayer that in telling her own story of healing and deliverance she might empower you with knowledge and courage in your journey or the journey of someone you love.
Stephanie resides with her husband in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Her children are grown, and her grandchildren live too far away for a casual visit making her officially an “empty-nester.”