Speaker and Author
Susan Mattern is a Southern California-based speaker and the author of Out of the Lion’s Den, her memoir about a mountain lion attack on her 5-year-old daughter, Laura Small, in an Orange County park in 1986.
After Laura’s attack, Susan’s faith was tested. As a former nun, she struggled to answer the question “How could a loving God allow such suffering?” In due course she decided there couldn’t be a God if this kind of tragedy could happen. Ultimately she became an atheist.
Her upcoming book, Kicking the Habit, is full of mostly light-hearted stories about her six years as a Catholic nun.
Sue is a natural storyteller, infusing her talks with humor, sincerity and respect. Her audiences connect immediately.
See below for information on booking Sue to speak to your organization.
FOR A SPEAKING
Sue is available to speak at events and to organizations, clubs, groups, and classes of all sizes.
Speaking topics include:
- surviving traumatic experiences
- losing faith but finding meaning
- inspiration and finding the good in bad experiences
For more information—or to invite Sue to speak at your event—please contact Diane Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org.