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Alfie's Home Hardcover – September, 1993

2.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Gr 3-5-Alfie lives in a seemingly happy home with his parents, brother, and sister, but his father is always working and yells a lot. Uncle Pete comes to stay with them and gives Alfie attention, including unwanted sexual attention, calling it their ``special secret.'' As Alfie grows into a teen, he is teased about being gay. Finally, he goes to a counselor who tells him he isn't gay and that he just missed his father's love and was taught wrong things by his uncle. The same man talks to Alfie's parents, they stop fighting, and Dad begins to spend time with his son playing ball and camping. Uncle Pete is also confronted, but is forgiven when he cries. Now Alfie is ready to date Nancy, whom he marries, and they have a boy and a girl whom they love a lot. Everything about this book screams fake. The illustrations are flat and garish in their simplicity, lacking any personality or appeal. If the generic illustrations aren't a complete turnoff, the saccharine tone of the writing gives further challenge to credibility. If readers were able to ignore the presentation, there is still the message of the text to choke them. A boy from a dysfunctional family who is abused throughout his childhood and into his teens sees a counselor and everything is suddenly wonderful. Now if everything is pulled together, there is still a problem-the format of a picture book with large print makes this look like a book for preschoolers, but the writing attempt is aimed more at preteens who would scorn such a presentation-and rightly so.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Intl Healing Foundation (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963705806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963705808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The author is using this book to advocate the discredited theory that a person can change their sexual orientation through reparative therapy. Both APA's have denounced this so-called "therapy." There is not a single (much less a body of research) peer-reviewed article that proves that such therapy really does what it claims.
Cohen, and his modern-day snake-oil salesmen, consistently refuse to subject their "theraputic methods" to scientific review and standards. Even those that have claimed to have been "cured" admit to having sexual feelings toward the same-sex (eg: John Paulik, etc.). That does not sound like a "cure" to me!
This book, based on unethical and immoral practices, should never reach the hands of children. As a parent, I will make sure my son never sees this book!
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By A Customer on June 29, 2001
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This book is repulsive, misleading, and patently offensive. My heart goes out to gay and lesbian teens who are the unfortunate victims of molestation by a family member and then have their lives further complicated and confused by this kind of trash.
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I was truly offended by this book. Purporting to be a text thathelps children deal with the very real problem of child molestation,it is in reality a thinly veiled attack on homosexuality. It equates homosexuality with mental illness, paints homosexuals as molesters and moral degenerates, and suggests that homosexuals can be "cured" and go on to live happy little suburban lives. The author must live in a world 30 years in our social past. We've come further than this, and we should know better. The publisher, International Healing Foundation, suggests that parents should read this with their children. They are right, if only because the book serves as a horrible example of prejudice and wrong-thinking, a perfect example of what *not* to do. If I sound upset, it's because I'm really p.o.'d -- I first ran across this book after it had been donated to a local children's library.
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This is truly a dangerous and harmful book, one that claims to deal with child-sex abuse but is, in reality, a thinly veiled piece of homophobic and hate filled propaganda.
I'm all for freedom of speech and freedom of the press and publishing, but do we really need a book that tells us that being gay is wrong? That being gay is caused by abuse and that gay men are abusers.
And... that being gay can be cured by one visit to a counsellor?
Or that being gay even needs to be cured at all.

Cohen and his ilk belong in the dark ages.
This book is dangerous and although it pertains to be a book of 'morals' it is totally unethical and amoral and will do harm.
Imagine being confused about ones sexuality and then coming to this!
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By J Smith on September 8, 2010
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... accolade-tossing zealots that think Richard A. Cohen is the cherry on top don't appear aware that Cohen believes that if someone wants to live a gay life, that needs to be respected as well as if someone wants to change and come out straight, that too needs to be respected. He goes on saying to practice true tolerance, real diversity and equality for all. Hmm, imagine that. I would make a heavy wager those comments grate against the very fiber of your being. For me, it might be his only saving grace because without having said this I cannot think of any redeeming qualities in him what so ever. He is not a licensed therapist, yet he practices. What he practices, conversion therapy, its theories are rejected by most professional health organizations and they feel it is potentially dangerous, as well. The American Counseling Association he permanently expelled him for what they considered ethics violations. Wow, what a stand up guy. How could he possibly write a book lacking in credibility considering his stellar resumé.
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When was the last time you thought it was appropriate for your child to read a book with adult themes? Or have that book read TO them by you? by their teacher? I didn't think so.

Any kid still reading picture books should not have to think about rape and molestation. If you love your children you won't put them in such an uncomfortable and inappropriate situation.
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Although this title does propose a valid point of view, it is one that is grounded so firmly in denial and mis-information that even those who propose to believe in the ability to "heal" homosexuality dare not examine it too deeply. It reduces homosexuality and child abuse to whims and petty urges that can be wished away. What a sin to create such a sham and pass it on to a trusting child. If that is how you choose to raise a child then this is the book for you.
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Canadian Law states that anyone who abuses a child must be reported to authorities when that abuse becomes known. It also states that any adult who engages in emotional or psychological abuse such as shaming a child, should be reported as well.

As this book is aimed at shaming gay children AND counsels people to not report abuse, but instead, call a conversion counsellor, I can't see how it's anything but abuse.

I support your freedom of speech, but that stops the second it results in the abuse of children.

Buy this book to burn it today.
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