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Someone's Son: A Mother's Fight for Her Gay, Drug Addicted Son Paperback – January 5, 2011


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Winepress Publishing (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606150170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606150177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,297,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Simmons on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is poorly-writen garbage; its only use is as a justification for any mother who insists on controlling her children's lives and destroying them. I, too, am "Someone's Son," and after 4 decades of denying who I was, I finally came out to my mother's - and Gods - full acceptance. Would that this author had not been so completely blind and wrapped up in her own ideology to see that it wasnt Love she was offering her son...it was Control.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stache on October 22, 2011
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Everything was just a rambling story of a mothers cruel intolerance of her own son. She's clearly someone with a lot of problems and wants to blame everyone but herself for them. She has absolutely no idea what unconditional love really means. It's all about her and how she found god and all. It's only incidentally about her son.

I guess god doesn't love people who get cancer or heart disease
either. You know those unhealthy lifestyles and all.

Good that she's decided to profit off this tragedy though.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2011
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This book is written by a hate filled religious fanatic, a veritable christian taliban. Better to donate whatever it would cost you to any food bank or decent non-religious charity than spend it on this despicible tome.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Keegan on October 22, 2011
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Throughout the entire book, you can feel the author pull the wool so tightly over her eyes, it's amazing she's not blind.

Every child needs to know their own self worth, and the author clearly denounced her son over and over again. She consistently blames her son for both his and her problems, and she never once apologized for her amazingly cruel remarks to him all his life. Perhaps a simple question like "is it a choice" seems somewhat tame, but it is amazingly cruel, especially from a parent. She should have apologized, instead of deluding herself that god could help her create a relationship with her son. If she had ever attempted to love her son, he might still be alive today. Parents only get one relationship with their child, if the parent poisons it, they cannot simply "start anew", they have to fix what they've broken.

This is a horrid book, and to follow any advice would be the equivalent of throwing your own child off a building.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jack Fisher on October 22, 2011
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The use of religion to inflict pain and suffering on others is not new. This boy is just one of many who had the misfortune of being trapped in a "family" devoid of common human decency. People choose the god that most reflects their own personalities. This heartless woman, naturally, chose a heartless god and used it as an excuse to justify her lack of caring.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Marshall on October 22, 2011
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and I thank god everyday that MY mother was not as judgemental as the author. While I'm sorry for her loss and know what she had to deal with, it sickens me that she could jump on the gay bashing band wagon. Beyond replused by this.
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4 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ~Mary on May 6, 2011
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As Mother's we let go of our children many times; when they first learn to walk, when they enter Kindergarten, when they learn to drive, when they marry. Yet, we hope in all of the possibilities of encouraging independence, releasing them into eternal rest is not one of them. We believe that the process of life will permit us to leave first, and spare the Mother's heart within the ultimate heartbreak. Author Brenda Rhodes was not that lucky. In case the reader believes burying her adult son prematurely was the hardest part of her story, there are many opportunities in which Rhodes had to let go prior to his death, and those times had the greatest affect on her.

Born with a peaceful spirit and the desire to take care of his Mother, Ronal navigated childhood as normally as could be expected, given the periodic shifting and sifting within the family. It wasn't until adulthood when he showed signs of drug abuse that his easy-going personality morphed and his Mother would be the target in which he would direct his drug induced anger. When he became hostile regarding money-or the lack of-and Rhodes eventually decided helping him was not helping, he warned that she would live to regret it. As he sunk deeper into drugs, homosexuality, homelessness and depression, interventions were tried and failed. It was only when he became terminally ill from AIDS that Rhodes began to see snapshots of that loving son. Hospitalizations were forced drug rehabs, and after his initial detox of several days minus the drugs, he would become the son she always knew. This became a huge consolation for the woman and Mother that was on the receiving end of hostility so fierce, at times she would fear for her life.
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3 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on February 16, 2011
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Someone's Son
A True Story

By Brenda Rhodes
Publisher: Winepress Publishing
Reviewed by Michelle Hensley 2.16.2011
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Brenda Rhodes, author of Someone's Son, encourages moms who are walking the road with a prodigal by declaring, "rejoice always," implying whatever the situation, difficult or easy; we need to rejoice in the Lord. She shares how she was able to walk through a very difficult time of her son's homosexual lifestyle as a believer with her family while becoming saved in the process herself. The author shares the difficulties of watching her only son change before her eyes from a loving, kind young man into a very angry and enslaved man to the sins of homosexuality, drugs and alcohol. She shares how God spoke in the silence of hope in the light of this young man's sin and finding out during one of her marriages, that her son was raped by a man she called her husband and the heart wrenching forgiveness towards the abuser she had to walk through. This is a journey of forgiveness and strength even when situations seem impossible.

The Lord Jesus transformed Brenda so that she might be able to help others in their pain. Although I don't agree with some of the choices the author made throughout the book, I can't even imagine the pain she went through watching her son die. It brings hope of salvation to other parents who are praying for their lost children despite our failures as parents. It is not a book about points to help your children but it is about one woman's journey with her son and the faith she encountered along the way.

There are some personal challenges I did have because some situations did not line up with Scripture that I would not agree with but as far as her personal story, it was an interesting read.
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