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A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2000
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The third tale in David Pelzer's autobiographical trilogy, A Man Named Dave is an inspiring story of terror, recovery, and hope experienced by the author throughout his life. Known for his work as a child abuse advocate, Pelzer has been commended by several U.S. presidents and international agencies, and his previous memoirs of growing up as an abused child (A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy) have touched thousands of lives. He provides living proof that we can "stop the cycle" and lead fulfilling, rewarding lives full of healthy relationships. Ultimately triumphant, this book will have you living through the eyes of a terrified child, a struggling young man, and an adult finally forgiving his dying father--reading with tissues nearby is recommended. Ending with a touching conversation between the author and his own son, you'll finish reading this with a warm heart and an enriched understanding of the need for compassion in all parts of life. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this follow-up to A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, which detailed the abuse Pelzer endured as a child, he explains how he grew beyond it.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I work with "At Risk" teenagers and some of them can relate to these stories. Although some of them are just whiny brats, complaining about their parents and thinking the world owes them something and to stop blaming everyone else for their behavior.
So I like them to read about an individual that really suffered at the hands of his parents. I want them to understand the differences between coming from a home with a loving family that enforces rules and gives good direction and one that is truly terrifying where there is abuse, neglect, fear and constant struggle.
Wonderful story of the experiences of the now adult Dave Pelzer (still lovingly naive and sweetly open and eager to please) and how he went from being a used car salesman to a military man to a husband, father and bestselling author (with not a small amount of rocks strewn along the path.)
Rocky first relationship, finding his true love and being cheated by people supposed to be looking out for him, all the while pushing himself to the limits and not letting himself wallow in any self pity.
Thought it was a great self-help inspirational book (though not advertised as such) and I was extremely touched by his will and determination throughout.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy reading others memoirs or want an inspirational, engrossing read about one man's journey to love, meaning, and the will to empower others.
I am so thankful to Dave Pelzer for sharing his story and for making it "ok" to talk about our experiences and for putting the blame where it belongs...certainly NOT on us!
God bless the little children. God protect the children!