About Me

Hi, I’m Sundi Jo. Some of my friends call me SJ. I’m the founder of Esther’s House, a residential discipleship program, offering hope to women with life-controlling issues, including addiction, depression, physical and sexual abuse, self-harm, and more. My goal is to inspire women to break free from self-destructive behaviors so she can learn to love herself and experience lasting transformation.

My Content

Many have called me a “thought-provoking” leader. My mission isn’t just to write content, but produce words which inspire and challenge you to move forward in the freedom God has called you to so you can experience lasting transformation.

To that end, I write on faith lived out, life application, and health and wellness. On occasion, I may write about stuff that doesn’t necessarily fit neatly into one of these categories.

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I’m the author of Dear DadI’m currently working on my second book, a memoir about overcoming my struggle with homosexuality.

My goal is to create thought-provoking content you can put to work in your own life, using many examples from my own struggles, life obstacles, and achievements. If you want to know how to be an overcomer in Christ – this blog is for you.

I typically post once a week, occasionally more. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via email (I’ll send the complimentary eBook, Becoming God’s Best  when you confirm).

My Biography

Surviving sexual abuse, rape, abandonment, fear, pride, a food and pornography addiction, and more, God has given me a testimony to share with others seeking hope, including a 145 lbs. weight loss.


In 2009, all the pain I’d been burying came bubbling up and I had two choices: I could end everything or reach out for help. After an intervention from three of my friends and one of my pastors, they drove me to a residential discipleship program, where I spent the next year allowing God to heal the deepest, broken places of my heart. It was one of the hardest, most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life.

I learned Who I was in Christ, that God loved me with an everlasting love, that He had an amazing plan for my life, and that my past didn’t have to control my future. For the first time in my life I truly understood redemption.

In 2012, God called me to continue the mission of offering hope to the broken. I said “No” about 85 different times, trying to convince myself He was making a huge mistake. I finally said “Yes” to His plan and decided to stop being disobedient. Out of that decision, Esther’s House of Redemption was born.

In 2015, I learned a big lesson: life isn’t about me. So.. I packed up my comfortable life and moved back to my hometown of Belle, Missouri, the one place I swore I’d never return, to open Esther’s House. What an adventure God has me on!

I now spend my days mentoring others, leading the ministry, and doing just what God has called me to do – offering hope to the broken. I still pinch myself at the reality of calling this a job.

I’m the author of Dear Dad, Did You Know I Was a Princess?, a memoir of gritty redemption, chronicling my one-year journey through my own discipleship program.

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In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing songs, going to the movies, and spending time laughing with friends. I love flip flops, Dolly Parton, and sushi.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

For more information on Esther’s House, visit our website. 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Thanks so much! Glad you like it..

  • Amanda Kinkead

    love you!

  • Roberta Copeland

    You forgot one thing – You’re SINGLE!

    • Of course – I’m single. What was I thinking?

  • Julia

    Hi, I am a Chinese girl! I like your blog~have a good day

  • Hey! I love your take on chocolate!!! that’s so cool. Love it!

    • Thanks so much. Have a great day!

  • Woohoo!
    I’ve been so excited recently to see that so many God loving bloggers have been freshly pressed!
    Great to find tour blog 🙂

    • Thanks. I am thrilled to be freshly pressed. It’s pretty darn cool actually. 🙂

  • Best blog bio I’ve ever read. Hands down. I love it. Truth is we’re not any one thing. We are different things at different times in our lives. We are constantly evolving, progressing and growing. You’ve captured the complexity of the human existence and you did it succinctly. Bravo. I probably should actually read the blog now.

    • Thanks for the comment. I hope you are reading the blog. 🙂 Pass it along too please. Will be visiting yours as well.

  • Sundi Jo,
    I have watched you for many years and I gotta tell you there has been nobody that has impressed me more! Remember when we shot the video for your “Biggest Loser” audition tape? I was CERTAIN they would choose you but now looking back, I see our Heavenly Father had BIGGER things for you to lose than just extra pounds. AND YOU DID IT! Shari and I glow when we think about you and tell others of your amazing gifts and purpose. You will save many, many souls my dear.

  • Looking Towards Home

    Great Bio and Hire me pages!

    You’ve made a great first impression and I look forward to devouring your RSS feed.

    What flavour is it by the way?

    • Thanks for the comment. As for flavor, let’s go with chocolate covered with M&M’s.

  • TammyBoltWerthem

    love your about me!!! simple and profound!  

  • Wow, what an awesome story you have to tell! I have had a life long battle with food addiction too. I didn’t acknowledge the problem until I began having several health problems related to my weight. Thank you for having the courage to tell your story. God Bless,

    • Melissa, thank you for sharing. Food addiction sucks! What has helped you?

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