Have you ever read a book and stepped back and thought about how incredibly blessed you are or were? I recently read a book that made me do just that. The name of this book is “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer.
The book chronicles the life of Dave as a young boy in a happy family that slowly descends into a time of intense physical, emotional and spiritual abuse. The spiral begins with his mother slowly becoming an alcoholic. With each drink, she sinks deeper and deeper into a dark hole that expresses itself as brutally beating, starving and torturing the author.
Dave tells many stories of the abuse he underwent, but underlying it all is an inspirational story of a young boy that still believes in the power of love and hope. In the end, after many, many years of abuse, Dave escapes in part due to concerned and involved teachers and school counselors.
Here are some additional resources and reviews on the book:
Positive Review here
Negative Review here
Ever read a really weird book? The kind where you get done and go, “hmmm…that was just…strange”. I recently read a book just like this called “Anya’s Ghost”. Written by Vera Brosgol, the book is mainly intended for a younger age than mine. It is a junior literary guild book.
Brosgol was born in Russia and received a Classical Animation diploma. This book shows her talent. Anya’s Ghost is written in comic book style, which means it is animated and broken into block segments (much like a comic book).
The story follows a young girl, Anya, through a typical day. She is an outsider but wants most of all to fit in. She isn’t quite smart enough, quite athletic enough, quite popular enough and doesn’t quite have the money to fit in with the rest of the teenagers she wants to hang out with.
The adventure begins when she accidentally falls into a well and stumbles onto some bones. The bones belong to another young girl who can’t leave unless someone carries her bones out. Anya does and that is where the trouble begins. The ghost helps Anya get what she wants but at a very high price.
This is a fairly quick read and the comic book style is interesting and refreshing. If you are looking for a light read in between some heavier books, check this one out.
Some other voices on Anya’s Ghost:
Amazon – Positive Review here
Amazon – Not so Positive Review here
Read About Comics Review here
What is Love? Now before you start the Roxbury head nod, this is not such an easy question. How is love shown and to what degree? Do we all respond to love in the same ways and to certain expressions of love?
Obviously, love is its own language. More often than not, how we respond, act and behave indicates either a plenitude or a lack of love. What co-authors and counselors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell show us is, this may have to do with how love is spoken to us.
This book deals with children’s love languages and the ways these languages manifest themselves in kids lives. Reading this book will help you better understand why your child acts and responds the way she does. You will also find practical and useful application on how to figure out your child’s love language. The result is a better response and an increased awareness on how to lead and guide your children through the use of their love language.
This is a great resource for parents, teachers and pastors (especially children’s). I would have liked to see more interaction and biblical support, but over all this is a solid and good book.