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"A Survivor's Closet is not only an inspirational story about her determination to overcome a horrific childhood..." -- Terri Levine, A Survivor's Closet Review, February 2003

"Deb and I have a saying, If everyone plays right, it all works ... she has but only begun her journey..." -- Keith Richard Kearney, A Survivor's Closet, February 2003

"I'm in shock... I never would have guessed that she's been through this kind of hell." --Kathy Glur, A Survivor's Closet, February 2003

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What great reviews we have gotten so far with "A Survivor's Closet."

We sent out 175 books to a test audience to document the reactions and reviews. Absolutely every individual who has read this book has repeatedly commented on the "ease of reading", "I couldn't put it down", "Wow, what a great book - I had to read it twice", "Debra, you are a courageous woman", "I have just finished your book. You are a very strong woman.", "I read your book in two days. It was well written and shows alot of strength, patience and guts.", "I couldn't put it down. You must have been really wrung out with the shear emotion of it...I must say your courage is endless.", "Wow, I am very impressed and very happy for you.", "Deb, so very proud of you, sweetheart. Of all the battles through our lives, how fantastic to achieve the place you are at. Congratulations. I love your book.", "Debra, you poor dear, it broke my heart to read your words. I am so sorry. You already know that I think you are a beautiful woman and human being. It's amazing that you are so empathetic and kind considering the horror of your childhood." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pauli Publishing House; 1st edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097287111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972871112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angie M on November 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
I get more than a little fed up with these memoirs about horrific childhoods because the parents are seldom, if ever, held accountable for what they did. These people should spend the rest of their lives in prison, period! WHY does Debra want to re-connect with these monsters???? And WHY does she just hang up the phone and that's the end as far as this insane woman's consequences go?
I would have a VERY difficult time calling her "mother," let alone wanting to speak to her.
Sorry for being rude or crude, but I did not like the end, the poems and offers to help others.
I, personally, don't feel I'd want help or advice from this woman... sorry.
I, too, had a horrific childhood and it has affected me for all of my 7 decades. No, I don't dwell on any of it, but it has created some problems for me that have me very much lacking the tools I've needed to have a decent, happy life, a life I've almost just wasted... except for my years of volunteering at various places and for various organizations.
Social workers, police officers, victims and most who are involved don't do their jobs correctly or effectively, so these monsters get away with their abusiveness and it continues, as I write this and as you read it.
Every worker who ignores what is going on during their "watch" should be sent to prison also, for contributing to the abuse and allowing it.
Something is very, very wrong here and no one is willing to fix it.
Sorry about your childhood, Debra (I truly am), but to hang up the phone on your imbecile of a mother and close the door on your equally moronic father who did NOTHING to put a stop to the horrors, means you didn't do enough or the right thing to make them accountable. At the very least that SICK f*%#, Harold, should be in prison right now and for the rest of his useless life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irish Elf on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thanks Debra for a heart felt story of transformation. You are a true inspiration for all souls that have been tried by the fires of personal loss and abuse. A must reading for all child abuse victims and families.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Daniels on March 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just as I thought Dave Pelzer's abuse was the worst case I ever read, I read this book. Debra's mother surpasses Mother Pelzer with the absue she dishes out to Debra and Danielle. She even was absuing them as babies, refusing to change them, feed them much, always yelling and hitting them, keeping them in a closet so people would not hear them cry. Then keeping them in diapers till well past 3 refusing to potty train them - Then when finally doing that tying them to a potty chair after a year of being kept in a straight jacket. Then once they learn to hold it she refuses to let them go to the bathroom and beats them for asking. She also beats them every chance she gets. Their father allowed it all to happen. He disagreed but tolerated it all. She had 2 sons that she was for the most part nice to. Initially they were not abused.

The mother is committing adultry and has a baby by some other man. She then takes her 5 kids and leaves. My problem here is why the father did not take his kids from her and report her for the horrible absue she gave her daughters. She then moved from St Louis to Arizona and moves in with an older man who is actually even meaner than her. he now begins to beat and abuse all 4 older kids. The boys, though live in a small shack outside and they are fed okay. But are still beaten and forced to do hard labor. The mother even gets some beatings as well. The man also takes over beating the girls. The girls though are forced to live outside in an old junk van that no longer runs. They also are forced to do labor that is almost impossible to do. They are fed dog food and horse manure. They attempt to run away but the mother's boyfriend keeps catching them. Finally he throws the girls out and they are adopted. Their lives continue to be bad but the worst abuse is over. Debra turns out well after tons of struggles. What I still wonder is how this woman got away with beating these girls so badly. Sad story
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