Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again [NOOK Book]

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Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn't speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as ...
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Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again

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Overview

Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn't speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as his life turned into a living hell.His schizophrenic mother and two of his older brothers spent the following years beating him, raping him and locking him in the cellar at the family home. Fed on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor, he was sometimes left naked in the dark for three days without human contact.Unable to read or write, all Joe could do to communicate his suffering was draw pictures.The violence and sexual abuse grew in severity as more people, including his stepfather, were invited to use him in any way they chose.The only thing that saved Joe was the kindness of his elder brother and his only school friend, both of whom showed him that love was possible even in the darkest of situations.At fourteen he finally found the courage to run away, hiding in a hut by a railway line, fed on scraps by some local children who found him.Joe's is the ultimate insider's story, casting light into the darkest of hidden worlds, and a truly inspirational account of how one small boy found the strength to overcome almost impossible odds and become a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.

Now thirty four years old, Joe Peters survived a horrific childhood to bring up five children of his own, some of whom had special needs. He has set up a service on the internet to help children like himself to find assistance and is a spokesman on behalf of all abused children, particularly those who fall into the hands of the organised criminals who create internet pornography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007283828
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 13,550
  • File size: 357 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Peters lives with his wife and soulmate, Michelle, and their five children. Joe has set up a service on the Internet to help other children like himself to find assistance and is a spokesman on behalf of all abused children, particularly those who fall into the hands of the organised criminals who create internet pornography. He is the author of the number one Sunday Times bestseller Cry Silent Tears, and most recently Cry Myself to Sleep.
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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    The beautiful cover drug me to this book..

    Well wrote story. I love Joe's books! Much much much better than A Child Called It. Deff couldnt put this book down, and when I did as soon as I could I picked it right back up! LOVE LOVE IT!!! Dont think twice about this book..

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Unreal

    Grab the tissues, they will be needed. Im not sure what made me buy this one, it was clearly going to be heart wrenching and disturbing...but i bought it anyway and couldnt stop reading it until it was finished.

    Its sad, infruiating, terrifying and unforgettable.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Wow...

    This was a very compelling book. If you were interested in A Child Called it, this book has similar ideas. It is about a boy who is abused by his family after his father dies, and is mistreated, sexually abused, beaten, and neglected. I couldn't put it down, because I needed to know what happened in the end.)

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    This book is truly inspring. I knew child abouse was wrong and h

    This book is truly inspring. I knew child abouse was wrong and horrible but i never really knew what happened when the doors of the abouser closed. This book has changed my life. This book truly touched my heart. I dont know how many times cried just trying to get through the chapters. I would loe to meet Joe Peters and tell him how this book changed my life and maybe some day I will, but as of know this is a dream. I highly reccomend Cry Silent Tears to anyone out there judging people becouse of the way they dress, look and even the color of them.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Great book!

    Very good book! If your like me and love true stories then you'll love this book!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great book

    This book is wondefully written. Its increadably powerful, and equally painful to read. God bless this author for having the will to survive that life, and then to relive it as he wrote each page.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Gripping

    I couldn't put this book down. I was first drawn in by the little boy on the cover. I just want to hug him and tell him he's okay. I started reading it the day before my anniversary and I was so upset by this book that I spent my anniversary dinner telling my husband everything that I read so far in the book. We got home and it was so hard to get out of my mind. My husband told me to go on line and look him up and what do you know.... there's another book. I stayed up and finished the book. I cried like a baby at the end. I ordered the second book right away before I went to bed. I got up early in the morning and read the second book while my family was sleeping. It was gripping, loving, sad, and so so emotional. In the morning I hugged all three of my kids and told them how much daddy and I loved them. Then we decided to just have a family day. I will never know how joe over came so many obsticles in his life. We are just about the same age, and I don't think I would be as strong and determined as he was. God bless everyone who helped him in his journey to find happiness and love.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Best book

    This book reminds me of a child called it. His mother abusis him but the father protects him. This book is truly amazing. I hope everyone enjiyed it as much as me.
    Warning: You will need a box of clanex

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Heartwrenching

    This book made me cry and cry but kept me reading it more than once this book is similar to a child called it but alot more descriptive it just wraps you in the pages so much that anythough its sad you never can stop reading it. Joeif your reading this comment i would just like to say you are a very good man and so brave to survive the sexal physical and emotional pain you went through.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Noah

    Im 12and i cried beacuse of went this lttle went throe

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    This should be banned .....

    Utterly disgusting. This borders on child porn and i would never ever had bought this if it had not been sold by B & N. You should be arrested for knowlingly selling such garbage.
    I expected you to have better standards. I want it deleted immediately from my nook library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Free sample

    I bought this book and all i got was the free sample

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Cry silent tears

    Another personal story that needed to be shared.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    so painful

    my heart breaks for the life this man lead, the things he went through. the only i couldn't comprehend about this book was his admission that he never went to the police to turn anyone in...but i can understand that it must have been hard to do. i just wonder if he could have saved others if he would have.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Icekit

    Growled and began to pad out

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Scarkit

    Im running away.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Willowstar

    Ok

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    Excellent although difficult read!

    A very difficult book to read. My heart broke for Joe. He did a great job of writing about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother and other adults. It is frightening to think that there are people in the world who this abusing their child is ok. What's is REALLY frightening is his remark that so many of the children being exploited in the sex trade are sent there by the people who are SUPPOSED to love and protect them.

    This book should be required reading for ALL social workers, attorneys and judges who work with children and families, especially the ones who believe that family reintegration is the best option for all children!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Emotionally draining

    This book is extremely tough to read. It took me quite a while to get through it only because I couldn't bare the hardship and abuse that joe went through. Having children of my own, I cant even fathom the thought of hitting my kids. Reading the abuse joe had to endure is truly heart wrenching. Im just glad he was able to overcome the past and set a true example for his wife and five children. His mother and the abusers should all burn in hell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Ripped off!

    Bought the book and only got a 29 page sample!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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