In his first nonfiction work, the author of "The Oath" and "This Present Darkness" offers a passionate and moving account of his troubled childhood that resonates with the pain many experience today. Peretti maintains that it's time we all become "wounded healers", loving and protecting the people around us. He moves to inspire readers to choose ...Read MoreIn his first nonfiction work, the author of "The Oath" and "This Present Darkness" offers a passionate and moving account of his troubled childhood that resonates with the pain many experience today. Peretti maintains that it's time we all become "wounded healers", loving and protecting the people around us. He moves to inspire readers to choose to encourage, rather than destroy, those who cause them pain.Read Less
I read this book in a couple of sittings and I really enjoyed his "frankness" in his story. There is a lot of pain in being bullied and this story needs to be told everywhere to everyone. Keep up the good work Mr Peretti. We all need a reality check once and a while. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone - young and old.
Mar 16, 2009
This book is excellent on the hearts of people who have been pushed aside by society or made to feel that they don't fit in. most people don't wake up one day and go out and vent their frustrations. When someone goes out and hurts or kills someone, it is because of offences that have built up over time, and they get to a breaking or boiling point. Most people in the media have no concept of this. They usually say that the individual was a bad person, or they simply say they can't explain it. It's their way of distancing themselves from it. I highly rercommend this book. It will inlighten the reader to what is really going on in the minds and hearts of those who are hurting.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-10-30 The man who has thrilled Christian readers with novels such as This Present Darkness and The Visitation here describes the childhood trauma that first introduced him to the dark side. Peretti was born with cystic hygroma, which at birth manifested itself as a small lump on his neck. In two months, the lump was baseball-size, and Peretti was enduring the first of seven early surgeries. During childhood, his tongue was so swollen that it lolled out of his mouth, preventing normal speech development. Classmates were repulsed by his tongue and by the bloody trickle constantly dribbling from his mouth. They tormented him about his grotesque appearance, small size and inability to form words normally. Peretti's response was to retreat to his room, where he wrote stories and played with monsters like toy Frankensteins and hunchbacks, who he felt were also misunderstood and abused. Peretti writes here that he survived this difficult period because of the unwavering love and acceptance of his family, and because he had deep faith in the equality of all people in Christ. He expresses grave concern about other "wounded spirits," particularly young people who may eventually snap after withstanding years of bullying by their peers. The book is full of painful stories, but also memorable moments of hope, as Peretti recounts instances when a peer or a teacher stood up for him. This remarkable memoir will inspire readers to undertake similar acts of courageous compassion. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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