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Wayne : An Abused Child's Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope Hardcover – March 3, 2003
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Theodore, now middle-aged, grew up with 11 siblings, an incredibly abusive father, and a meek mother. In this powerful memoir, he recalls a long history of abuse and neglect that he and his siblings managed to sublimate to the point that none of them acknowledged it until they were adults. He begins his memoir with a recollection of his father trying to kill him when he was six years old and then systematically terrorizing the family. As a teenager, he runs away and begins a life on his own. He recounts dropping out of high school, dabbling in drugs, drifting from one low-skill job to another, suffering violent tendencies of his own. A brother's inquiries prompt Wayne's memories, and he goes in search of documents to substantiate what he remembers. Reading his family's case files sets him on a recovery course that ends with a nationally televised confrontation with his parents. This is an inspiring look at surviving child abuse that may, nonetheless, be too graphic and disturbing for some readers. Vanessa Bush
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Wayne, his brothers, and his sisters were abused throughout their childhood. There were hospital visits and questions from teachers and social workers, but the abuse continued. Wayne digs back into these painful memories and the information he finds shocks and surprises him.
He has to confront his parents, and does so on a national talk show.
This is a true story of a brave man whose spirit could not be broken. His past continued to haunt him throughout his life. He needed to find out the truth, not just for himself, but for his family, as well.
This is a novel of terrible times and times of hope. While sometimes painful to read, the message of WAYNE comes through loud and clear to the reader that strength can prevail.
Reviewed by: hoopsielv
What an inspiration!
Awe-struck by a unique spirit!
Years of survival bravely endured!
Never will I remain silent after reading!
Endless courage in facing reality!
Thankful for others' sharing inner strength!
Helping many who remain in terror!
Endurance of a Massachusetts message!
October has more color due to this book!
Decisions made that are truly heroic!
Ongoing daily struggles better than giving up!
Reaching through what I call "black blood."
Everlasting gratitude for your presence, Wayne!!!
Dedicated to and inspired by Wayne Theodore!
John C. Ireland
October 2, 2003
Haunted by memories of a childhood stolen, "Wayne" finds himself on a path of self-destruction. Drug addiction and attempted suicide were once the only answers to the pain of years of daily beatings, degradation and abandonment. "Wayne" speaks of childhood promises made- and the courage of a man who honored them. And so begins his lifelong journey of healing.
This is a story of hope, strength and the power to overcome. His message is clear- it is time for all who have been abused to release the shame and hopelessness, and begin their own healing. This book will tug at your heart strings and leave you in awe of a man called "Wayne".