“A Motherless Child Redeemed by a Determined Spirit,” Doreen Birdsell
— Healed from the wounds of sexual abuse and addiction one day at a time —
About Doreen Birdsell
Doreen Birdsell was born in Hollywood, Florida, and raised in Queens, New York. Since 1980, she has been a highly acclaimed photographer and founder of Doreen Birdsell Studios, of New York City, Westport, Connecticut, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Doreen and her life partner Lisa, chaperoned four Youth Mission Trips with the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, Connecticut, and produced a video to promote future mission trips to underserved areas in the U.S. In addition, from 2005, Doreen has been the owner/partner of the Inn at Cook Street, Provincetown, MA, an award-winning bed and breakfast inn.
Last but not least, Doreen is a survivor of sexual abuse suffered as a child, and of drug and alcohol abuse as a young adult. She credits her recovery and success to the grace of her Higher Power, the wisdom of 12-step programs, and individual therapy. A committed Christian and outspoken leader, Doreen is a living testimony to persistence, hard work and faith. These characteristics helped bring her to the finish line in four New York City marathons.
About Without Faith
On a path that was leading to destruction, Doreen and her friends drive to a suburban nightclub. When asking directions of an old man he points the way and tells them, “You see that road. You take that road ‘til you can’t take it anymore….”
Without Faith takes that road, reckless and naïve, Doreen follows wherever the impulse leads, threatening life on every turn, racing alongside Harleys on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, through AA meetings, struggles with sexuality and finally to finding an unshakeable faith with a partner, Lisa, whom Doreen met at a Bible study in Manhattan. Commitment to their faith and their love for one another causes severe and painful opposition but eventually leads them to an even stronger conviction of God’s love for all.
Without Faith will help anyone who has suffered abandonment, sexual abuse, and separation from God, or knows someone who has. Doreen’s story will also convince the reader of the power of God in his or her life and what an amazing journey it can be.