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True North: The Shocking Truth about Yours, Mine and Ours Paperback – July 15, 2013
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“True North—The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" captures the devastating emotional toll that childhood trauma can have upon us, and how the powerful nature of self awareness, group healing, and forgiveness can set us free.”
--Chris Powell, Celebrity Trainer & New York Times Best-Selling Author
“True North—The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" gave me both the inspiration and encouragement to follow my heart and, by so doing, I am discovering a uniting and loving presence that is always there to guide and nurture me. Thank you for writing this book. It is truly life-changing.”
--Shane Murphy, Student, Maharishi University of Management
“True North—The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours" is a raw, gritty, incredible story of suffering, courage, healing and redemption. It helps us understand that human beings are ever so fragile, and at the same time, remarkably resilient. It will deeply move you, and encourage you to see the shimmering beauty and innocence in everyone, including yourself.”
--Scott Kalechstein Grace, Author of Teach Me How to Love and If Dr. Seuss Studied Eckhart Tolle
“In his book, True North—The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mine and Ours", Tom North takes his readers on the painful journey of child abuse with honesty, candor and even humor. He reveals the shame, sense of betrayal and outrage, as well as the inevitable poor life choices that are a young person’s response to persistent and often cruel maltreatment. While the reader might wish child abuse were not part of our world, North bravely tells the truth; the very thing that gives way to healing and forgiveness. But as importantly, his story is one about resilience and a young man’s determination to heal. He reflects on the power of the individuals who give him a sense of purpose and how spirituality gave him a sense of self and peace.”
--Siobhan Greene, Director, Voices for Children—CASA of Monterey County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)
"This book is both charming and dark. You won't be able to put it down."
--Advance Reader Review
Tom North’s book, True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours”, receives rave review from Writer’s Digest!
“Congratulations on writing and publishing your book! You have a compelling story to tell, one that should appeal to a wide readership not only for your family’s story but for those familiar with the popular movie. You have a great blend of action and dialogue with just the right amount of narration. Your dialogue is particularly strong. You have lots of great details and description that bring the scenes and characters to life for your readers.”
-Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. Out of 5 categories, True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” garnered three-5 stars, and two-4 stars.
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Catholics who remember the era will be saddened, but not surprised, that Tom's attempts to find help from a priest (in a parish where he was an altar boy) led to his being told he had sinned in speaking badly of his stepfather - and that the priest immediately telephoned Helen to report the 'sin.' It was tragic, in that era, that parents were 'always right' - and to speak ill of one's parents, even in grave situations, was against the commandment to 'honour.' That Tom found his spirituality elsewhere is understandable - and far healthier.
However, such insights are few. The majority of the book is about Tom's own pursuits - which are only mildly interesting. There is not terribly much about the other North children, and the Beardsley siblings seem vague.
Those looking for extensive information about the North-Beardsley family will not find terribly much here. The insights are fascinating, however sad, but they are scattered and rare.
Burr Cox / Hawaii