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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: RJ Publications (October 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981777341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981777344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Jeanty is a New York based writer and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He has authored several books.

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Richard Jeanty grew up in Boston. The oldest of 9 children, Richard left home when he was a teenager. Focused and determined, he set the path to become a good example for his younger siblings away from home. After completing high school, Richard went straight to college. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Richard hopes to foster change in people through his writing. Forever the socially conscious writer, he deals with issues affecting the lives of black people all over the world through his writings.

Community has always been important to Richard. A former social worker and high school teacher, he tries his best to give back to his community via his annual scholarship set up to assist young people planning to attend college. Richard is currently working on a few screenplays scheduled for production starting in June 2010. His passion is writing and being a great father to his only 3 yr-old daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delonya Conyers {Hotchklate} VINE VOICE on April 4, 2010
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Author Richard Jeanty's Ignorant Souls is a deeper look into the Johnson family history. Readers of Neglected Souls and Neglected No More will be especially delighted by Ignorant Souls because it's a prequel that exposes the lives of not only Katrina but her parents and the upbringing that led to her path of destruction. New readers to the series can now read the books in order and fully understand the pain that was passed on from generation to generation and applaud at how Nina and Jimmy were able to break the vicious cycle of abuse that plagued their family.

Mr. Jeanty brings a fresh perspective to dysfunctional with the dynamics surrounding the Johnson family. Specifically how emancipation freed the Johnson family physically but on many levels left them mentally enslaved. This mental anguish along with financial hardships affected the family structure and the ability of its members to maintain loving households. Although Katrina didn't suffer physical abuse the emotional turmoil she withstood due to her father's ignorance and her mother's guilt were just as destructive to her young psyche.

When added to the circumstances surrounding Katrina's pregnancy readers will finally understand the resentment Katrina harbored towards her offspring. Although Katrina's actions are still inexcusable Mr. Jeanty manages to make them understandable all while laying down the foundation for a very memorable series.
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Buck Johnson is the product of a large poor family. For years Buck's dad Bill Jr. Johnson, severely abused his wife and children, so much so that one of the children had to take "severe" action! A break came for this family in the form of an inheritance which helped them move out of South Carolina for a better life in New York.

The future seemed bright and education was now at the Johnson family's finger tips. Finally they could learn what it means to give and receive love. Those days of having no food, no clothes and no money is about to come to an end now they're in the land of opportunity. Best of all the physical and emotional abuse they had come to believe was the norm is about to be a distant memory or is it?

"Ignorant Souls" is the story of Buck Johnson who strives to give his family the best and make sure they embrace Christianity, and live as upstanding citizens. But Buck has a hard time letting go of the mental chains that still bind him to the old ways of the past. Uneducated, suppressed communication skills, and damn right ignorant is how we see Buck. Problem is...it's a different time now and as well as his wife Esther, Buck has two daughters and a son who want to be treated with love and respect while being nurtured into the world. But things will not be easy for this family, not by a long shot!

"Ignorant Souls is the prequel to "Neglected Souls" with "Neglected No More" being the last book in this trilogy. Author Richard Jeanty successfully shines the spotlight on one family, and how ignorance can grab hold of someone's soul and fester for many years while pride gets in the way of help!

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Ignorant Souls by Richard Jeanty is the story of a dysfunctional family. Buck Johnson came from a huge family, a total of 15 brothers and sisters. His father worked in the fields trying to provide for his family the best way he knew how. Unfortunately due to his upbringing, he would take his frustrations out on his family by beating them. His frustrations came from lack of money, too many mouths to feed, etc.

Buck Johnson literally came from nothing and strives to make a better life for his family. Buck marries a girl that seemed to be raised in a good Christian household. Little does he know that his wife has been keeping a horrible secret, and little does either one of them know that her parents have been keeping a secret themselves. Love does not seem to live at the Johnson residence. Buck has a hard time expressing how he feels and gives little to no affection to his children or his wife. Although the Johnson family attends church often, they do not take the time to communicate with each other or their children. Buck and his wife tend to feel that ignorance is bliss.

Ignorant Souls by Richard Jeanty was a fast read. I was able to read this book within a few hours. The story holds your attention from the first page. Ignorant Souls is a story of mental and physical abuse and a family that tries to break the chains of the past. Unfortunately, I felt the story was a little too cut and dry. Mr. Jeanty made a point of mentioning a few of the other siblings and I would have really enjoyed reading more about them as well. Rest assured...if you have not read Neglected Souls or Neglected No More, Ignorant Souls is a story within itself. It is the prequel to Neglected Souls.
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