Dara Dietz Story

Whatever Good May Come

One Woman's Journey From Abuse to Victory

When I began this project in January 2003, I had no idea the learning curve or huge emotional undertaking, writing my story would prove to be. I quickly discovered that to remember and write is to go back in time and be there again. Looking over my past life with the eyes of a loving adult has provided an opportunity to reconsider many false beliefs I had accepted as true. I am not who I was six years ago at the onset of this project.

As soon as I set my mind to follow His leading the Father opened the way before me and has faithfully provided the support and means to continue. Over and again I have the witness that He is faithful. I cannot say when I first felt the call to put pen to paper. I think I always knew one day I would.

At the commencement of, what has proven to be, my healing journey, the Father brought a very special person into my life. Denise Layfield, a talented writer, agreed to take on my project. Since that time she has brightened every step of this journey for me. Her faith in me and the value of my testimony supported both of us during the low times when I lost hope of ever getting my story on paper.

As the process of writing unfolded I found myself re-visiting, with amazing clarity, scenes from my past. I allowed myself to see and feel the moments as they passed by. Each memory becoming a word picture as my fingers typed the images into words. Choosing to look directly at each memory, dissecting the motives of each player, empowered me with an understanding of the child I had been and the woman I am still becoming.

Peace & Love

We can't change the past but we can gather up its lessons and move on, stronger and wiser We can't control the future but we can send our dreams ahead of us to help prepare the way We can live each moment,heart and soul, and cherish this day's greatest gift the gift of now. May peace with the past and faith in the future gently guide you through each precious moment of today.

Back Cover Text

Dara Dietz begins her life story with a question: “How does one go from being a victim to a victor?” As a very young child, then through adolescence, she found herself trapped in a family environment as well as in a social religious community where she was neglected, betrayed and molested. She easily could have lost her way. She could have become an angry person, blaming others for all her misfortune and life circumstance. It would be easy to understand her emotion. Yet, her present life is one of counting her blessings and helping others heal naturally.

What changed the direction of Dara’s life journey? She chose to believe and travel with the power of love, God's love---a love that at first was not always easy to understand, trust or accept. As her story reveals, it was Divinely life-transforming when she welcomed this unconditional love into her heart.

Dara’s life lessons are about choices and how great trials can be great teachers; how the biggest hurts can be the biggest gifts. It is one’s choice how to learn the lesson. Her story illustrates how her spiritual courage enabled her to make choices that allowed for acceptance, forgiveness and to be in the flow of Whatever Good May Come.

This inspiring book is a must-read for those who have been in or are now experiencing a situation and feelings where all hope may seem lost. It is a book for people who love such individuals.

Author Biography

Dara D Dietz is co-founder with her Husband of H.E.A.L. Marketplace, a private Natural Healing Association. As a teacher and counselor she has been supporting the members of H.E.A.L. with Natural Healing information and herbal supports since 1998. She continues to maintain strong ties to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since healing her own kidney ailments she has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using natural herbal remedies. Dara has written and compiled numerous articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics. Drawing from her own healing experiences and borrowing from the vast wisdom of natural healers long departed, she continues to provide H.E.A.L.’s international membership with down to earth natural healing wisdom in H.E.A.L.’s bi-weekly newsletters. Dara and her husband currently reside in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

Reader Comments

"Writing one's life story can in itself be a life changing experience. This book is an outpouring of Dara's incredible courage to take temporary residence in an often painful past. She returned a wounded child, picked up strength through the journey of writing and reconciliation and finally left the past behind as a powerfully formed woman. Readers will be blessed by Dara's raw honesty and wisdom. Herein is a blueprint for recovery and living life with renewed faith and purpose."

Denise Layfield, Personal Historian Owner of Life Speaks


“Whatever Good May Come” is a remarkable book. In reading its pages, I am filled with a myriad of emotions as Dara takes us through the pages of her life. I feel first the anger toward the perpetrators, embarrassment by religious leaders whom we trusted, and then sadness for the incredible injustices done to the most innocent people in the world---our children.

Dara recites to us her life of discovery. She not only had to find a way to forgive the people whom she trusted the most, but through the years she had to first discover the depth of the injustices done to her. She had learned to cope in a dysfunctional world, receiving love the only way she knew how.

Through Dara’s generosity of heart, we are able to see how God can change the direst circumstances. Dara has shown us the incredible power of forgiveness and restoration. She leads by example and shows us how that same power can be ours no matter what the circumstances if we allow God to take control.

I'm thankful to Dara for having the courage to share her journey with us.

Linda Fountain-Clark MTM Member Fountain Sisters, SDA Singing Sisters