Positively affected by books on child abuse

by Francine
(San Ramon, California, USA)

My Hero...Dave Pelzer 
I just read a book called "A Child Called 'It'" by Dave Pelzer. It made me mad, because as a little kid, Dave used to be beaten senseless by his own mother! That book, however, helped me, and now I am on the looooooongest road to recovery.


I am currently reading "Help Yourself for Teens." I think that should help me, too.

Another story my English teacher named Mrs. N just finished reading during SSR is a book called "Freedom Riders." That book made me realize that every kid in that book had it worse than me. It also taught me that drugs, sex, and abuse are NOT necessary at all.

These books all have helped me, a lot. I also think that that teacher in that book called Mrs. Erin G taught us to be strong and independent, and that's just fine by me because we all need to be strong and independent. Sorry, but I need to get a few uplifting things off my shoulders. Take care and whatever you do, always take care of yourself!

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Apr 22, 2008
Positively affected...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Those are excellent books, Francine. You've walked away after reading these books with a greater understanding of human resilience; I congratulate you.

Dave Pelzer has written other books that you might be interested in, Francine. The Lost Boy, A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family is the sequel to A Child Called "It" and chronicles Dave's life in foster care after he was rescued by a police officer from torturous and almost-deadly abuse by his deranged mother. A Man Named Dave is his inspiring story of triumph over abuse and forgiveness of both his mother and father, the man who stood idly by while his wife inflicted the most heinous forms of abuse on his son. Help Yourself: Finding Hope, Courage and Happiness offers a way to move beyond your past.

Dave is a single dad, and he travels extensively, giving inspirational workshops to agencies, schools and corporations dedicated to helping children at risk. He gives hope to all who have come from any form of adversity. He truly is an inspirational man.

Thank you for sharing how Dave Pelzer's book—and the books of others—have positively affected you, Francine. Perhaps the titles above will further help you along your own road toward healing and recovery.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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