Vivian R. Probst (formerly Ruth Theobald Probst) has shouldered some significant burdens in her lifetime. Poverty and debt, anxiety and depression, inexpressible trauma-based fear, illness, social and religious exclusion…the list was long; the burdens crippling.
At her wits’ end on March 10, 2000 Ruth awoke to a powerful vision that began to change her life. From an attitude of “Why me?” to “Teach me!” Ruth gave up the quest of bravely struggling to cope with her burdens (that had only grown heavier over time in spite of numerous therapies) and began to ask for the gift of their wisdom. She learned that every one of her life issues was actually an ‘essential burdens’—a very powerful teacher with extraordinary wisdom that could only be revealed as Ruth was ready to receive it.
At first Ruth believed that one story was all she would ever write. Imagine her surprise as again, through a dream, she was shown that before she would publish a series she titled ‘Reviving Avery Victoria Spencer, there would be four volumes. And more would come!
The result? A series of healing fables and a gift of assisting others who desire to learn the wisdom of their burdens. Through her writing (owned by LifeMark Press) and her LifeMark Institute for Greatness, Ruth provides individuals and businesses with tools to transform their own ‘essential burdens’ as she calls them, into invaluable life lessons through stories. Ruth does her work with clarity, an engaging style, and with a gentle, humorous, yet powerful broad stroke so anyone can apply it.
Ruth heads a prospering company, and with her husband, shares partnership in a fulfilling marriage. In the midst of a supremely busy schedule of lectures and workshops, she writes and makes her home with her husband near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in close proximity to most of their children and a growing circle of grandchildren.