Author: Mickey R. Craig
Every one of us has a story to tell. In that respect, my story is not much different from anyone else’s story. Since the beginning of human life, drawn from Genesis in The Life Recovery Bible, even Adam and Eve had their own story. In many ways, our stories align with their story in that all earthy human beings experience birth, a path to walk in life, and eventually physical death. On that path, some choose and others don’t, to search for true meaning in life. Life holds personal experiences for everyone, and the path in which each of us follows is constantly evolving. The Bible says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32, NIV). My journey has led me to seek that path of Truth, which to me is in living a life in Christ Jesus.
Michael Ray Craig, who went by Mickey as a child, was born February 28, 1957, to George “Bud” Craig and Darlene May Kroohn Craig on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Salamanca, New York. He is the eldest of four children. Mickey’s father converted to Christianity when Mickey was five years old. This resulted in his family moving quite often to several locations across the country when Mickey was between the ages of five and eighteen. As a young adult, Mickey married Kathy Rumple Craig, and this year on August 13, 2017, will be married for forty years. Mick and Kathy have two children, Erika Lee Craig and Aaron Michael Craig, along with two granddaughters, Tabitha Mae Craig and Marlo Susanne Craig. Mickey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, and an advanced studies program degree, which was at that time the master’s degree at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Mickey obtained his certification as an alcohol and drug counselor in mental health at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mickey started his recovery from trauma-related experiences on February 28, 1991. He studied under Dr. Patrick Carnes in 1992, at which time he was introduced to the principles of trauma bonds and trauma healing. From 1992 to the present, Mickey had become and continues to counsel as a trauma specialist assisting others who have experienced trauma in their childhood and adult lives. Mickey is now retired and volunteers his time in his church by helping others who are experiencing trauma issues. Mickey and his wife, Kathy, currently live in Blaine, Minnesota, where he and his wife are blessed to be close to their family and granddaughters, continuing to be actively involved in their lives.