There Is An Urgency

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Born into a world of horror, madness and chaos in 1973 to Debbie, a 23-year-old drug addicted prostitute and Howard, a 24-year-old addict and convict, Gregrhi Love grew up quickly with the Department of Children's Services becoming an active part of his life in 1974. With Howard in prison, the only father he knew as a child was Bobby, his mother's pimp, drug dealer, and lover. In 1980, he was placed in his first foster home. While foster care was often horrifying, nothing compared to the daily near-death ...
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Born into a world of horror, madness and chaos in 1973 to Debbie, a 23-year-old drug addicted prostitute and Howard, a 24-year-old addict and convict, Gregrhi Love grew up quickly with the Department of Children's Services becoming an active part of his life in 1974. With Howard in prison, the only father he knew as a child was Bobby, his mother's pimp, drug dealer, and lover. In 1980, he was placed in his first foster home. While foster care was often horrifying, nothing compared to the daily near-death experiences he survived living in Father Panik Village with Bobby and Debbie. On May 23, 1980 his coerced testimony sent Debbie to prison.

Now a grown man, Mr. Love uses his childhood traumas to change lives. Working as a teacher allows him to use the experiences of his life to help children who live in a similar world. His experiences give him a perspective most people do not have and knowledge that cannot be obtained from any textbook. There Is An Urgency explores these experiences in an effort to make others aware that people like him walk among us every day.

There Is An Urgency is inimitable in that it juxtaposes Mr. Love's experiences as an adult, working with children in school and juvenile detention settings, with personal accounts of physical and sexual abuse from his childhood. There Is An Urgency to share this story of hard won hope and resilience after years of terrifying abuse by a real life monster.

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Adrian McKinty
Gregrhi Love's heart wrenching memoir "There is an Urgency" is a forthright, honest, deeply felt and extraordinarily well written story of love, betrayal, guilt, loss and finally a sort of redemption... Love managed to get himself a degree, a vocation and a successful life. Recalling his childhood and recounting his experiences with the troubled youth that he works with today Love gives us a moving tale that is dark and harrowing but ultimately filled with hope.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982307403
  • Publisher: Cwn Annwn Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,477,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

After a series of misguided choices, missteps and false starts, Greg Love moved to Tennessee in 1995 to attend college and earn a degree in Art Education. Before attending his first class he had gotten a job as an assisted-living caregiver at a local non-profit. Mr. Love worked as a live-in caregiver, providing daily training in adaptive living skills and community involvement for a series of men diagnosed with a variety of disabilities while earning his undergraduate degree.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in 1999, he stayed on as a caregiver until he went to work as a teacher in the fall of 2000. He has been teaching ever since and becomes more passionate about it every day.
Mr. Love is currently living the quiet, normal life he always wanted in middle Tennessee.
And yes, he really does call his students "Sir" and "Ma'am" in real life as he does in this book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Mr.Love Was My 8th Grade Teacher , I Am Now A Junior In High Sch

    Mr.Love Was My 8th Grade Teacher , I Am Now A Junior In High School. Mr.Love Always Helped And Kept Us From Getting In Too More Trouble Then We Was, If He Wasn's My Teacher All Through Junior High I'd Be An Complete Different Person, He's One Of The Most Respected/Respectful People I Know. You Know He's A Great Man If Us Kids From The Projects Come Visit Him At School And Yes He Really Did Call Us Sir, And Ma'am In Class
    Sincerly, Michael R

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Gut wrenching and inspiring.....

    Wow, what a horrible beginning to a young childs life. Mr. Love is an amazing survivor and role model. I couldn't put this one down.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I think it was a wi

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I think it was a wise choice for the author to alternate chapters between his childhood and adulthood. The abuse was so horrific that I'm not sure I could have read chapter after chapter of abusive memories. It's great to read about his adult life after the abuse to know that he is "alright" Looking forward to more books by this author.
    Sharon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    A must read!

    There is an urgency truly tells of the urgent need to help kids and prevent abuse a miracle unbound

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    amazing

    it's amazing that not only can a person survive this childhood, but to become the amazing man he is today. terrifyingly horrible, and yet wonderfully written. thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Heart-wrenching

    An amazing story of resilience. While I am hesitant to criticize anyone who has the courage to share the story of their survival of child abuse, I it would have been wise to bring in a ghost writer on this memoir. Amazing story, it just needs a little bit of focus. More information on how the author went from the nightmare of childhood to the compassionate teacher of the present would have been a welcome addition.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Intense writing

    This book really drug me into it's style and statement. Each line was direct from the person speaking and the one that was listening. I am dislexic but the writing style captivated my senses, I read the book in three days time. I work on the farm all day and relax with a book from time to time. Gregrhi is so human it is unbelievable. I thought I was compasionate to those around me,he has really motivated a silent minority by becoming a listener and being able to relate fully with the young people in his life. I'm glad to have met him at our night class at murfreesboro and look forward to hearing of more success in his students life as well as the battle he still has to deal with. God's speed SIR.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    More than a 5-star read....

    There Is An Urgency by Gregrhi Love opened my eyes to the child abuse that still occurs all over the United States and the world. Each chapter explains in horrific detail the physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse suffered by Mr. Love as a child. There are also chapters describing Mr. Love's work with children with behavioral problems. These chapters are just as in depth as the chapters about Mr. Love's childhood.

    This is the first book I have ever read that disturbed me so much that I was unable to fall asleep at night. All of to mortifying events in Mr. Love's childhood makes me thankful for the wonderful childhood that I had. I cannot begin to understand the downright evil behind the abuse of another human being. Yet, Mr. Love not only survived the abuse, but uses his experiences to help children in similar situations.

    This book is a MUST READ but I must warn that it is very descriptive of the abuse, and is not for the faint of heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    This is a must read especially for those who are around abused children

    This book should be read by every adult. It is very raw and very haunting. What Gregrhi had to endure as an innocent child is at times more than I could handle. It is nice to know that out of all this abuse and horror he could rise above and become an adult who helps those in need.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Hard read, but such an important topic.

    This is an incredible story that at times, is difficult to believe is even possible in today's world. It is a compelling insight to the world of an abused child, the things that they see and deal with on a daily basis. It begs us to question how a child could possibly be allowed to live in such circumstances. However, the insights into the author's current field of profession and how he used the life experiences, as terrible as they were, to become a powerful teacher who could look into the reasons behind behaviors that his students exhibited, as well as those he worked with in the detention center. It's a wonderful balance of great hurt and great hope. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I feel it should be required reading for all those who work in juvenile detention centers as well as any school setting.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

    AMAZING!!!

    This book is an amazing depiction of the horrors that a child can endure and come out on the other side an amazing man! The courage and patience that Mr. Love uses to tell his personal story should be applauded! I work with children and this book should be read by all adults that teach or care for children! It is an eye opener and makes you focuse on the why of misbehavior insteade of the behavior! In my worst dreams I could never imagine the things that Mr. Love endured and survied! This is an outstanding story of survival and perserverience!

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Absolutely a must read

    This book is amazing! It seems so surreal that any child could go through the things Greg did. His writing makes it so very real, feeling like I was in that apartment each time. I also loved that he shared stories of his teaching today and connection he has to the kids who shared a similar past. It creates a balance and gives the reader a break from the heartbreak of the things happening in the apartment. As a teacher and grad student, it was extremely helpful and eye-opening. It was definitely nothing I have ever seen in a textbook! I highly recommend this to all! Great job Greg!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

    Amazing

    For someone to experience such atrocities and still be a giving human being is truly amazing. The very fact that the author wants to put their extremely personal story out there makes me admire this person all the more. Hopefully by the story being told, he can help others.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    should be public knowledge

    I thank the author for sharing, unless victims speak out the story will not be known and the liberating healing cannot begin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Riveting

    The author has written a heart wrenching true story that reveals a harsh reality that so may children face, and so few people choose to realize. His book contrasts those difficult experiences with his rewarding experiences during his teaching career. A thoughtfully written book by a fascinating author.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Impressive & Raw: An insight into one life that represents many.

    This book absorbed me. I was reading it every chance I had until it was finished...on lunch breaks, walking the dogs (I had it as a pdf on my phone), riding in the car, late at night before bed, and even while "watching" tv. I only voluntarily stopped reading when I had to pause to process the experience of what I had just read.

    The pace of Love's story starts fast and doesn't slow down until it's over. He cleanly weaves his childhood with his adulthood snapping you from the horrors he experienced to the life he leads because of them. Love plainly lays out the facts of his life good and bad and allows the reader to experience them through his skillful writing. This book opened my eyes to the "realness" of abuse and forced me to reflect on the possibility that children I work with may share similar experiences.

    There Is an Urgency is a must read for anyone who works with children or makes policy that affects them and is an ought to read for everyone else.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Literature Worth Reading!

    There Is An Urgency is the most inspiring true story I have ever read! I could not stop reading until I reached the end. Gregrhi Love constructs his life story masterfully with words that are lucid, but dark. Emotionally, I was on a roller coaster through-out the book with mostly heartfelt tears dripping on my pages. In some areas of the book, you literally have to stop and collect your thoughts because the text is so raw. Gregrhi Love's blunt honesty will melt your heart with the turn of every page. Reading this book will change your thoughts on life, love, mercy, and family norms. I know for me, my awareness from a teaching stand point has been changed forever because I will never look at a case of abuse the same again. Without hesitation, I recommend this book as a must read for anyone seeking literature that is worth reading.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Powerful book

    I have been working with children for almost 20 years. The pain and abuse brought out in this book is unimaginable, but I would suspect more common than we think. Hard to believe a human being could survive such abuse, let alone become such an amazing role model. I have read the book three times now, and it is just as raw and gripping as it was the first time.

    james

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    There IS an urgency...

    ...for you to read this book! This is a must read for any adult. Our society tends to ignore the fact that children face abuse like this daily. Greg is fortunate to have the determination to rise above his horrendous experiences as a child, and prove that even in the worst situation a child can grow into a successful adult. This book is not for the faint of heart due to its graphic nature and ability to engrave these images in your mind. However, I feel it is necessary for our society to have the knowledge and understanding of how sick and cruel some people truly are. I applaud Greg for his astounding ability to write and share his experiences with others, and hope that his words may echo through our nation to bring more awareness and action for the safety and well being of our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

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