Review by Jean Brickell
The most unusual book I have ever read. Abandoned by both parents, a victim of physical and sexual abuse by nuns and a Catholic layman, the author becomes the offender and spends years in prison.
Don't be turned off by this book. His life is a compelling story and offers profound advice for parents.
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From the Author
At the age of seventy I had to take a hard look at my life. I had been hounded by two questions for the past three decades: What causes a pedophile to cross the line and abuse children, and is there a cure?
Pedophilia is considered a disease. Acting on their sexual impulses makes it a crime. Society treats both pedophilia and child molestation as if it were the plague. Unfortunately, they are not looking for the cause and a cure. They take the band aid approach and focus on punishment and revenge instead of prevention. And this attitude is what allows child abuse to continue and to go mostly undetected.
Most people will not reveal their dark secrets, especially if they tend to enrage others when those secrets are revealed. But I had to reveal mine, regardless of the consequences. I firmly believe that no one should write a book unless they have something important to say, and that it will benefit society. I met that criteria so I set off to spill my guts. I also knew that anyone who thought they knew me would have a much different opinion o9f me after reading my autobiography.
A few Christians told me it was difficult to read my book because of the subject matter and language. Some stopped reading after one chapter. Unfortunately, they missed the message I want to disseminate.
Initially I entitled my unbelievable autobiography From a Dime a Dozen to Priceless
. That title represented the beginning of my life of crime and the end of it.
As I began writing I changed the title to reflect the purposeof my book: to try to examine my life to see if it contained the answers to my questions regarding pedophilia and child molestation.
I believe I accomplished this goal.
I hope anyone reading my autobiography will use the information it contains to detect possible child abuse in their environment and prevent it. How many Penn State leaders missed the opportunity to detect and prevent. They allowed ten years of child victimization. Perhaps if the message of my book was made available to them, children would have had a higher priority than football.