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Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness and Recovery Paperback – May 13, 2009
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This is an intricate examination of familial mental illness and examining Bierdz' writing closely reveals many clues as to how behavior patterns in his entire family (including himself) provide evidence of a widespread illness, though of varying degrees of disturbance. Even Bierdz' own paintings, included throughout the book, show passages from expressionistic art to gentle representational, nearly spiritual art. But the overriding factor in appreciating this book is the utter honesty Thom Bierdz uses in sharing his memoir. He has taken more chances than most, especially given his background as a public celebrity, in sharing a life that would destroy most people's psyches. This is a testament to the resilience of the human nature to survive, heal and share with others so that they may avoid some of the pitfalls by early recognition of signs and symptoms of dysfunction. It is a worthwhile book, deserving of our respect and empathy. Grady Harp, August 10
I thought about this book for weeks after I finished reading it. I would recommend it to anyone whether you are familiar with the actor or not.
Thom Bierdz illuminates the childhood fears and phobias so many of us have, and shows us by his own extreme example how to rise above them. You get a sense of Thom as a person. He doesn't hide his faults or try to turn what is essentially a tragic story into a puff piece for his acting career. He is bare-knuckle honest here and I appreciated his candor, his vulnerability, his compassion and his expressiveness.
Five stars. Great Read.
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Very "emotionally charged " book . As a Physician , I can easily agree that Schizophrenia is probably the saddest illness to have and the most devastating in the way that most of... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mariana Ciobanu
Great book, it is definitely a page turner. I loved Thom , he was so sincerely honest and open.Published 1 month ago by denise kinyon
Deeply moving and gut wrenching. A talented writer and a very talented artist. Enjoyed seeing the examples of his paintings within the text.Published 1 month ago by t. keith gurnee
What an amazing story. A little hard to read sometimes because of the odd way or writing; but worth readingPublished 1 month ago by Avidreader
Frankly I didn't like the book. The one star is because he had the courage to write it. But was he publishing his story to clear things up or for the money.Published 1 month ago by Iman Bibars
Really...Amazon...do I need to say more?
Ugh..."13 more word's"? Amazon...cut this forced crap out. "5 more"! Blah...Blah...Blah...... One, Two, Three...FINALLY!!! Read more
WHAT SADNESS, THOM HAS GONE THROUGH SO MUCH AND SURVIVED EMOTIONALLY. HE HAS QUITE A UNIQUE CHARACTER TO FACE IT ALL AND PUT IT INTO WORDS. AND HIS ART WORK IS AMAZING. Read morePublished 1 month ago by debbie watson