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The Road to Survival through One's Own Butterfly Moment with Chip and Lisa St. Clair

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The Road to Survival through One's Own Butterfly Moment with Chip and Lisa St. Clair

"It is not what happens to you in life, it is what you choose to do with it," says best selling author Chip and Lisa St. Clair. Tune in to the Butterfly Moment with John Schalter and Carrie Hall and find out how you too can turn pain into passion. Listen as they tell us about Chip's history of child abuse and domestic violence and how it has lead to the Butterfly Foundation and hope and happiness for "at risk" kids all over the world.

Chip and Lisa St. Clair have been captivating the hearts of audiences everywhere with their compelling story of hope, triumph, and the true measure of strength each of us has when we can simply gain the courage to look within. They began sharing their story nationally in 2002, having been featured by major media outlets such as Good Morning America, Dateline, and the Huffington Post, and most recently in a documentary series on OWN as well as Investigation Discovery, now airing in syndication worldwide.

With his beginnings shrouded in mystery, Chip St. Clair believed he was the only son of David St. Clair, a troubled Vietnam war veteran with a propensity toward violence, and Leslie Weaver, an alcoholic wife and mother who was imminently preoccupied with soothing her husband's explosive rage. As a young boy, Chip found solitude in poetry and literature - Dickens, Dumas, Twain, Harper Lee, and Tolkien offered brief respite into a world more beautiful than his own. As a teenager, a darkness began to consume him, forcing Chip into a grim solitude; a weary, bleak existence reflected in his macabre etchings, poetry, and oil paintings.

It wouldn't be until he crossed paths with sixteen-year-old Lisa that his life would take a dramatic twist. Her unwavering love for him pulled Chip from the brink of darkness, and provided the foundation of strength Chip would rely upon when he uncovered the brutal truth about his father - David St. Clair was not a traumatized war veteran at all, but Michael Grant, a fugitive child murderer, one of America's most wanted, on the run for nearly three decades. After turning his own father in, Chip then began to embark on a journey that took him beyond the boundaries of impossibilities, to the very precipice of hope, love, and self-discovery.

His compelling story is chronicled in his memoir The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America's Most Wanted (HCI, 2008). Universities, high schools, and juvenile detention facilities all across the country have incorporated his memoir into their curriculum, and St. Clair's expertise in advocacy and identity theft, as well as his riveting lectures have become an integral part of the training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and DHS is several states.
In 2007, Chip and Lisa founded the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, a non-profit that helps children heal through traumatic experiences using therapeutic programs based in the creative arts. St. Clair's mission is to eradicate the notion that children of sordid backgrounds are defined by their surroundings and destined to continue a cycle of suffering.

Today, Chip and Lisa are guest teachers for their innovative creative writing curriculum, lecture across the country, and are shopping several new book projects, where they look to offer readers of all ages the same inspiration and enjoyment Chip found in books as a child. Based on popular demand, Lisa is working with Chip on a self-help book covering her unique perspective and insight through their amazing journey together.

Chip recently co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Butterfly Garden which is currently in film development.


About John Schalter and Carrie Hall:

John and Carrie with their vast experience in both the business and entertainment world, are collaborative, solution-focused Life Coaches. They provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. They also integrate coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, each work with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to achieving. As a platform for their coaching, they use the most effective goal achieving system in the world the 100 Day Challenge. Learn more at, or call John at: 586 997 HELP (4357)