It gives the readers different emotions some cry for the child or are angry at the parents for what I went through. I received a five star on the following on Amazon.com
I normally don't read memoirs except for essays for school that were good and contain mostly happy events and a novel "A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive" by Dave J. Pelzer . I prefer fiction, something light and fun, but when I started reading the first chapter online of Leslie Raddatz's book, "Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood" I felt like it was something I needed to read.
Leslie says that no matter what we have gone through, there is always someone out there who went through something worse. Still, I can't imagine many, other than perhaps Mr. Pelzer, going through something worse than what Leslie's childhood was like. I see what Leslie went through and see how I really didn't have it so bad, but at the same time I wonder what hidden issues I might still be hanging onto, but I ignore as I go through life.
I was concerned about my reactions as I read about Leslie's memories, because I have seen where people have cried, but instead I felt anger. It wasn't until chapter 20 when tears started forming. When Leslie spoke about how God was there with her during her healing.
I am going to share this book with my own counselor. Even though what I went through was mild in comparison, I wonder if perhaps the minor problems I have still need to be dealt with. Thank you Leslie, this book was wonderful to read, though I ache that you had to go through a childhood like this. Bless you.
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