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True North - The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" [Kindle Edition]

Tom North
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Book Description


Award-winning author, Tom North, is one of the eight North children, who together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family which was featured in the 1968 film, “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.

The book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Tom’s mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Tom was six years old, the fourth child in the
North family. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with ten children, and she moved her family to his house in Carmel, California. The North children were adopted and their names were changed to Beardsley. But, it wasn’t one big happy family as the movie depicted. The stepfather’s violence and abuse created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for the North children. All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. When he finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing.

Years later, Tom miraculously led his family to counseling sessions where shocking truths were revealed. He then came full circle as he reclaimed his father’s name and was finally, True North.

Tom explains: “My mission is to reach out to people who feel isolated, or misunderstood in the world and help them understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives where they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. Those experiences may have caused great pain. I want people to understand they are not alone and that most everyone feels the same way. The more they experience their own divinity and essential nature, the more they will actually relate to humanity and see the beauty in
the world, and not the pain.”


Sometimes entertaining and funny, sometimes serious, but always moving and inspiring, Tom North brings a fresh
approach to a very serious problem. Your audience will gain:

• a better understanding of their own behavior
patterns that have resulted from their trauma.
• a new feeling of hope.
• a realization that they are not alone and that many
people feel the same way.
• a new inspiration to discover their own divinity,
their true essential nature, and their connectedness
to humanity and all life.
• an understanding of how and why their
connection to humanity is a necessary key to
their happiness and fulfillment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2037 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: True North Productions, LLC; 1 edition (September 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD2JH2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of inspiration and healing. June 10, 2014
Having seen the mid-1990's version of "Yours, Mine and Ours" I never imagined that there was a completely opposite story that never saw the light of day. The family portrayed in the movie was happy - sure they had ups and downs but you saw love. Tom's story however, pulled the curtain back to reveal the true story behind the curtain. As a parent, I could not even fathom hurting either of my children the way his stepfather did. During the time period this all took place, there was not as much awareness as there is now.

Aside from reading what really happened, I was amazed at how Tom handled himself. Many people who've been through what he went through never find the courage to stand up and work through it. Tom did. Through transcendental meditation and spirituality, he found peace and healing.

Tom and his story are proof that anyone can get out of their circumstances and better themselves. He could have stayed and been tormented and not amount to much but he chose to rise above that.

This story is a story that needs to be read by anyone who has suffered abuse - not just physically or sexually but also emotionally. His journey to heal is truly amazing and inspirational.

He includes a prose poem he wrote when he referenced his mother's funeral. It starts "Within each of us, there is a light." There is a light in all of us and hopefully those who need to find the light the most will read his story and be inspired
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mezmerizing! November 8, 2013
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I was expecting an interesting read about a family from my own home town. It is so much more of a book than that! Rich, full and totally mesmerizing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How sad! September 28, 2013
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I knew Frank and Helen Beardsley and found this account of abuse as experienced by Helen's son, Tom, to be extremely troubling on so many levels. Helen and I were approximately the same age so I know full well the age of denial within which she came of age. I also have some understanding of the religion which prompted folks to have too many children. I can only imagine the horrifying situation of being widowed at age thirty with eight children for whom to care. And, what desperation drove Helen to marry a man with ten children and to convince herself this would solve a problem. A concern I have is why so many mandated child abuse reporters who encountered this family turned a blind eye, including the pastoral counselor who did the family counselling.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self absorbed January 28, 2014
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Tom North is writing his biography, not his family's. And it is boring. Tom is self-absorbed. Would loved to have learned more of the family dynamics of the combined household. Instead we learned how Tom saw himself in the household. What happened to the other kids?
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