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A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer
  • Writer : Dave Pelzer
  • Isbn : 0757396070
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 195
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Review Counts : 495
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • 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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  • Isbn Code : 0061793558
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Category : Pets
  • Reviews : 954
  • Pdf File: marley-me.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Now with photos and new material. Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans. John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled. But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms. Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

How God Saved Me

By Christina DeMara
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DeMara-Kirby & Associates, LLC.
  • Isbn Code : 1947442201
  • Number of Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Reviews : 229
  • Pdf File: how-god-saved-me.pdf

Book Excerpt:

"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.

Help Yourself for Teens

By Dave Pelzer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn Code : 1440626871
  • Number of Pages : 208
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Reviews : 659
  • Pdf File: help-yourself-for-teens.pdf

Book Excerpt:

As featured on Oprah Dave Pelzer, author of the acclaimed, best-selling books A Man Named Dave and Help Yourself, continues his tireless crusade against despair with Help Yourself for Teens, an uplifting new book written specifically for young adults. Sharing stories of his own adolescent struggles—fighting for his life against his alcoholic mother and enduring outrageous oppression at the hands of bullies and false friends—Pelzer imparts advice to help young people rise above their circumstances and achieve greatness. He offers teenagers practical solutions for overcoming their own hardships, focusing on three areas: facing current and past problems; realizing the importance of decisions; and finally, never giving up on oneself. Through it all, Pelzer never lets his readers forget that they alone have control over the outcomes of their lives. Pelzer’s uplifting and practical advice strives to tackle issues ranging from physical and sexual abuse to identifying spousal disagreement. Part self-help book and part inspirational memoir, Help Yourself for Teens is an empowering and uplifting guide to growing up in an often difficult world.

Scared Selfless

By Michelle Stevens, PhD
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn Code : 0698185560
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 244
  • Pdf File: scared-selfless.pdf

Book Excerpt:

“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.

A Teenager's Journey

By Richard B. Pelzer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 0446555304
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reviews : 533
  • Pdf File: a-teenager-s-journey.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Many thousands of readers were moved by Richard B. Pelzer's heart-wrenching memoir, A Brother's Journey, in which he detailed the horrifyingly abusive childhood he endured at the hands of his mother, whose treatment of her children was first revealed by Dave Pelzer in his own hugely successful memoir, A Boy Called "It". Now, Richard reveals how the abuse inflicted on him as a child continued to affect his life as a teenager. He turned to drugs and contemplated suicide, while simultaneously trying to establish an autonomous life away from his destructive family situation. Yet as he stumbled toward adulthood, fighting and facing his demons, Richard's ultimate struggle toward victory was his alone. His salvation finally came when a surrogate family took him in, offering comfort, hope, and unconditional love --and ultimately the transformational power of forgiveness.

A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

By Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn Code : 1453280367
  • Number of Pages : 376
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Reviews : 363
  • Pdf File: a-4th-course-of-chicken-soup-for-the-soul.pdf

Book Excerpt:

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
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn Code : 1134343035
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reviews : 829
  • Pdf File: mental-health-issues-and-the-media.pdf

Book Excerpt:

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.

A Generic Life

By Steven Rivera
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Page Publishing, Inc
  • Isbn Code : 1646289412
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 314
  • Pdf File: a-generic-life.pdf

Book Excerpt:

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

Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books

By Pat R. Scales
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Isbn Code : 1442264330
  • Number of Pages : 244
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reviews : 281
  • Pdf File: defending-frequently-challenged-young-adult-books.pdf

Book Excerpt:

This authoritative handbook gives you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response and ensure free access to young book lovers. With a profile of each book that includes its plot and characters, related materials and published reviews, awards and prizes, and Web and audiovisual resources, you will be prepared to answer even the toughest attacks.

The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic Abuse Investigations

By Ann H. Ross,Suzanne M. Abel
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn Code : 9781617792557
  • Number of Pages : 205
  • Category : Medical
  • Reviews : 527
  • Pdf File: the-juvenile-skeleton-in-forensic-abuse-investigations.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Juvenile homicide and fatal maltreatment remain serious and pervasive problems in the developed world and especially in the United States, where in 2005 some 1,500 children died from neglect and physical abuse. Alarming statistics such as this, as well as an upsurge in the media attention paid to all things forensic, underscore the pressing need for the utmost rigor in the scientific investigation of child abuse cases. This well timed volume is a response to the climate of public and press interest in such inquiries, where the forensic aspects of the casework generate an enormous amount of attention. The contributions cover a wide range of topics and explore many of the finer details of investigations into juvenile fatalities suspected of being abuse-related. The chapters reflect both the multi-disciplinary nature of such investigations, and also the need for law enforcement professionals to take a rounded, holistic approach to the casework involved. The motivational factors that lead many professionals enter this arena of investigation are, of course, personal and individual. However, at the core of their commitment and their work is a shared need for justice, plain and simple. Victim advocacy and protecting the rights of children, both living and deceased, remains a key impetus for those professionals who specialize in child abuse research. At the heart of this book is the aim of providing both a vital resource for investigators, and a purposeful voice for the young victims of abuse, unable as they are to stand up and speak for themselves.

Outbursts of a Supercilious Renouncer;

By Baethan Balor
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn Code : 1663225982
  • Number of Pages : 736
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 937
  • Pdf File: outbursts-of-a-supercilious-renouncer.pdf

Book Excerpt:

What not to do with one's life; an expulsion of trite. "The reader is a fool."