BROKEN TO BE BEAUTIFUL
Xenia always dreamed of having a perfect marriage. When she was 18 years old she fell in love with Richard. She thought her dreams had come true. But his funny, quirky behaviours very quickly changed into more sinister motives. She then spent 15 years navigating her way through the destructive behaviours of her first husband. Domestic violence was demonstrated through control, manipulation and sexual abuse. Even after their separation, he sought to control her by using their four children against her, making the next few years even harder than she ever could have imagined.
Xenia’s honest, candid and raw account of her story within BROKEN TO BE BEAUTIFUL creates hope and awareness for every reader. Through the struggle and fight to survive, the warrior that was deeply implanted inside of her, emerged. She found a strength she never knew she could possibly possess. Through her recovery, she found the romance she always dreamed of with her soul mate, where she discovered what a perfect marriage really looked like.
BROKEN TO BE BEAUTIFUL is a true story of one woman’s battle to overcome domestic violence and discover when all was stripped away, she found what emerged, was a restored woman, able to conquer her past.
Xenia Schembri is an international author of a 3-book series (brave Little Bear Children’s Book Series) written to empower families, educators, and other professionals to equip this and future generations with self-protective behaviours.
Xenia and her husband, Simon, are associate Pastors of a church on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, they have also founded a charity called At The Ark Inc. This charity supports families whose children have been sexually abused. It also equips organisations such as churches, schools, and child care centres to protect children and prevent child abuse. She is also a qualified counsellor. Xenia is available for speaking engagements and has spoken at women events, breakfasts, conferences, and churches throughout Australia and Internationally.