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A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer
  • Book ID : 0757396070
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 195
  • Genre : Self-Help
  • Reads : 793
  • eBook Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • File Pdf: a-child-called-it.pdf

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

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  • File Pdf: a-generic-life.pdf

Book Summary:

A coming-of-age and picaresque story, with a continuum of knee-jerk humor and descriptive details, sees its way through the unpleasantness of abuse and not having any permanent roots or family. Readers follow the main character from childhood to adulthood as he is shifted from multiple homes and states. Throughout the character’s journey, the persona he develops is born from innocence, natural-given talents, and his desires to make happiness exist. Although the story begins with horrific abuse, the reader soon realizes that this is not the focus of the book but rather the beginning of a quest. The author’s intent is for readers to question “What happened?” Some questions cannot be answered and remain a mystery. The coming-of-age and rite-of-passage events remind readers of their own stories to tell and compare. A collage of images and feelings will take readers back to their childhood memories as they shadow the main character. The happiness, bitterness, and humor are fueled by extreme turning points and multiple changes of ideologies, cultures, and idiosyncrasies that molded the main character into a psychedelic hodgepodge of personality. Readers will take on all the emotional elements, experiences, and constant changes as they were happening. They uncover the answers and realizations of feeling alone and unwanted until they are warmed and tickled by the character’s way of viewing the world. The title of the book and each chapter reflects the constant changes during the main character’s life. The theme, style, and language are comparable to Angela’s Ashes, A Child Called “It,”, and I’m Nobody’s Child. It is not a woe-is-me book. The detailed descriptions allow readers to feel the despair of what it is like being an anomaly but, more importantly, to enjoy and have fun learning about typical boy fantasies, thoughts, rationales, and the angst and anxieties of growing up. 2 1

Scared Selfless

By Michelle Stevens, PhD
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 0698185560
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 736
  • File Pdf: scared-selfless.pdf

Book Summary:

“A riveting memoir that takes readers on a roller coaster ride from the depths of hell to triumphant success.”—Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Called “It” Michelle Stevens has a photo of the exact moment her childhood was stolen from her: She’s only eight years old, posing for her mother’s boyfriend, Gary Lundquist—an elementary school teacher, neighborhood stalwart, and brutal pedophile. Later that night, Gary locks Michelle in a cage, tortures her repeatedly, and uses her to quench his voracious and deviant sexual whims. Little does she know that this will become her new reality for the next six years. Michelle can also pinpoint the moment she reconstituted the splintered pieces of her life: She’s in cap and gown, receiving her PhD in psychology—and the university’s award for best dissertation. The distance between these two points is the improbable journey from torture, loss, and mental illness to healing, recovery, and triumph that is Michelle’s powerful memoir, Scared Selfless. Michelle suffered from post‐traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, and made multiple suicide attempts. She also developed multiple personalities. There was “Chelsey,” the rebellious teenager; “Viscous,” a tween with homicidal rage; and “Sarah,” a sweet little girl who brought her teddy bear on a first date. In this harrowing tale, Michelle, who was inspired to help others heal by becoming a psychotherapist, sheds light on the all-too-real threat of child sexual abuse, its subsequent psychological effects, and the best methods for victims to overcome their ordeals and, ultimately, thrive. Scared Selfless is both an examination of the extraordinary feats of the mind that are possible in the face of horrific trauma as well as Michelle’s courageous testament to their power.

How God Saved Me

By Christina DeMara
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DeMara-Kirby & Associates, LLC.
  • Isbn : 1947442201
  • Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 947
  • File Pdf: how-god-saved-me.pdf

Book Summary:

"This story will pull you in and not let go!" If you like One Child by Torey Hayden or A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, you will LOVE How God Saved Me! Christina DeMara writes her mother’s story of child abuse, depression, and overeating. This story will pull you in and is one of the most severe child abuse cases by multiple family members. These memoirs explain all the obstacles Christina’s mother endured including manipulation, sexual abuse, a psychologically impaired mother, and an alcoholic father. Nearly dead inside, she prevails, gives her life to God and overcomes depression and overeating. This inspiring story also includes strategies and recommendations on how to overcome depression and overeating.

Mummy’s Little Girl: A heart-rending story of abuse, innocence and the desperate race to save a lost child

By Jane Elliott
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Isbn : 0007287178
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 874
  • File Pdf: mummy-s-little-girl.pdf

Book Summary:

The moving, unforgettable new novel from the author of the bestselling inspirational memoir ‘The Little Prisoner’ Life was never going to be easy for little Dani Sinclair...

Sarah's Story - They cruelly stole my childhood. Here is my story of recovery and triumph

By Sarah Preston
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Kings Road Publishing
  • Isbn : 1857828550
  • Pages : 300
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 835
  • File Pdf: sarah-s-story-they-cruelly-stole-my-childhood-here-is-my-story-of-recovery-and-triumph.pdf

Book Summary:

The words came from his mouth, 'Don't say anything about this to your mum. She won't believe you.'At the age of eleven, a beautiful happy girl found herself thrust into a nightmare of abuse and violation that ripped her world apart. At the mercy of three men, she endured a four-year ordeal of sexual exploitation and degradation before eventually finding the strength to say 'no more'. Confusion and shame made her keep her secret for sixteen years. This is her remarkable story.Sarah has endured what no child should. Subjected to extreme abuse from a family 'friend', she turned to her father only to experience the same treatment from him. Utterly devastated, Sarah even started to wonder if she was somehow to blame for this most unforgivable of betrayals and was driven to attempted suicide - a life was nearly destroyed by the selfishness of three deeply troubled and wicked men.A survivor who has somehow found salvation, Sarah's experiences bear testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit in the most unthinkable of situations. "Sarah's Story" is a story of how love and courage eventually enabled an astonishing individual triumph over a childhood stolen by the evil of others.This is not just another story of triumph over a difficult past. Sarah's story is as harrowing and moving as "A Child Called It" and will appeal to a similar audience.

Tears of the Silenced

By Misty Griffin
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Isbn : 1633539326
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : True Crime
  • Reads : 954
  • File Pdf: tears-of-the-silenced.pdf

Book Summary:

Misty Griffin's story ─ Surviving child abuse, parental betrayal, sexual assault, and Amish cruelty A true crime memoir: When Misty was six years old her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where they were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse and extreme physical violence. Their step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. They also knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew they existed and did not know them well enough to care. Amish Sexual abuse: When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community where they were adopted and became baptized members. Misty was devastated to once again find herself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse. Going to the police was severely frowned upon. A few years later, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. As Misty recalls, "Amish sexual abusers are only shunned by the church for six weeks, a punishment that never seems to work. After I was assaulted by the bishop I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. After reporting the bishop I left the Amish and found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card. To all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Today, I am a nursing student working towards my master's degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story." If you have read Scared Selfless, A Child Called It, The Sound of Gravel, or Etched In Sand, then Tears of the Silenced is a must read.

A Child Called Hope

By Pat Allen Kaplon
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1456870904
  • Pages : 161
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 347
  • File Pdf: a-child-called-hope.pdf

Book Summary:

Hope, a thin, tow-headed child with sad hazel eyes, stands barefooted in a dusty farm lane, watching the horse-drawn wagon take her mother away. Her beloved Momma has died a senseless death, and Hope must face life without her guidance and love. Pop, completely broken by his young wife, Lucy’s, sudden death, turns more and more to the bottle to ease his pain. Hope’s baby sister, Nollie, is taken away by relatives, and Hope sees her world being destroyed. From the hard scrabble farm in Appalachia where she was born, through homes of relatives and a foster home, to the coal towns of Western Maryland, Hope seeks to fi nd someone to love her, a home of her own, and a way to come to grips with the loss of Momma, the center of her young world. Follow Hope as she follows the fascinating journey to find happiness and closure.

A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

By Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1453280367
  • Pages : 376
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Reads : 564
  • File Pdf: a-4th-course-of-chicken-soup-for-the-soul.pdf

Book Summary:

The fourth installment in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series promises to be even more popular than its predecessors. The perfect gift for friends, family and business associates is now available in A 4th Course.

Mental Health Issues and the Media

By Gary Morris
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1134343035
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 660
  • File Pdf: mental-health-issues-and-the-media.pdf

Book Summary:

Mental Health Issues and the Media provides students and professionals in nursing and allied professions, in psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines, with a theoretically grounded introduction to the ways in which our attitudes are shaped by the media. A wide range of contemporary media help to create attitudes surrounding mental health and illness, and for all health professionals, the ways in which they do so are of immediate concern. Health professionals need to: be aware of media influences on their own perceptions and attitudes take account of both the negative and positive aspects of media intervention in mental health promotion and public education understand the way in which we all interact with media messages and how this affects both practitioners and service users. Covering the press, literature, film, television and the Internet, this comprehensive text includes practical advice and recommendations on how to combat negative images for service users, healthcare workers and media personnel.