Wayne: An Abused Child's Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope

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This book is a story that sends the reader careening through episodes of childhood abuse, teenage drug addiction, and as an adult the compulsion to repeat the sins of his father.

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Overview

This book is a story that sends the reader careening through episodes of childhood abuse, teenage drug addiction, and as an adult the compulsion to repeat the sins of his father.

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Theodore's outstanding contribution to the memoir genre will stun readers with its astonishing details of unimaginable abuse and neglect. Written to help him and his siblings confront their parents and past, the book grew out of an appearance on Sally Jesse Raphael yet is never sensational. Born in 1958 in northern Massachusetts, Theodore was beaten by his father daily for the first 15 years of his life: he suffered kicks and bites to his face and body and had his hair pulled out by the roots. At age six, his father actually tried to kill him, and it is here that Theodore opens his story. Readers will find it impossible to put down this heartbreaking account, which continues with his running away from home at 15, drug abuse, a failed marriage and contracting business, and the tragic death of his six-week-old daughter. Toward the end, Theodore shares the most astonishing revelation: he claims that although he has not forgiven his father, he does not hate him. The tie-in with National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), celebrity endorsements, and the author's TV appearances will spike interest in this extraordinary title. Essential for all libraries, including academic libraries supporting the helping professions.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936197456
  • Publisher: Harbor Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 697,239
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Really strange family.

    I knew most of the Theodore brothers and sisters from back in the 80's. Most of them except for Scott and Flo were very troubled souls. They were very hostile towards many people and were scam artists. I was abused as a child with constant beatings and verbal abuse yet those are issues that are resolved when you are mature enough to seek professional help. They are too arrogant and might actually prefer to be damaged goods or at least portray the life of a "victim". Wayne is probably the brutal of the brothers and is an insincere individual. He has left a wake of destruction in his path and to give this book a positive rating would only encourage him to continue on as the victim, where now he is the perpetrator.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    ALL A HUGE LIE!!!

    OK so let me tell everyone the truth about this book and WAYNE! My name is Jonathan I am Waynes son. There is some truth to his book he and his brothers and sisters did indeed face horrible child abuse for alot of years. However the rest of his book about courage and overcoming and being a model father is all a HUGE HUGE lie. Wayne I dont even like to call him my dad, anyways had my sister and I (saralynn) with my mother robin and one son who parished. Through my life all i can tell you of my father is of him phsyically abusing my mother never being around never finacially supporting us, as well as having an affair on my mother with my then 19 year old babysitter Laura (the wife/mother of his other 4 girls). This man is one of the most disgusting, decietful, arrogant self loathing people I have ever seen in my 27 years of my life. He cares for no one but himself. All of his children have extreme issues, he was and has never been around. I have not spoken or seen him in almost 2 years. The last time was around my birthday in which he did not call rather send a late birthday card in which he spelled my name JOHNATHAN, when in fact my name JONATHAN. HE is not successful in fact he is the product of multiple bankruptcys and forclosures. He is addictited to painkillers and is a drunk. He pays little attention to his children, his youngest daughter also has not seen him or talked to him in almost 2 years as well. This book is a fasad and a bunch of BULLs**T!!! yah he was abused but the truth is he has done just as much damage to his own family its unbelievable i could go on for days about the things this man is really about but I wont I just want everyone to know this man you are so encouraged by is a FAKE a LIAR, and a cheat! He abuses women and those weaker than him he is COWARD! AND I AM ASHAMED TO BE EVEN CLOSELY RELATED TO HIM!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    Fact and Fiction

    The book was moving and certainly there were elements of truth in the book because the experiences were shared by 12 brothers and sisters. What is sad is that most of the siblings were not reaching out for help but rather celebrity and money. What community programs have they started or participated in that would shed some light on abuse and what can be done? Why are they a family that reviles one another and treat one another and others so cruelly?

    I knew that family and they are very dishonest in their business practices and are eessentially scam artists. In light of the abuse and not having good, guiding parents they can be excused for their lack of ethics.

    The fact that there are two books is telling: one horrible expereince that would have been better suited including the different tales. Instead the separation just highlights the cconinued damage

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Just to make money , get over it, get over yourself Wayne

    I agree that any child abuse is terrible, but this family has written several books about this for the sake of "cashing in" and making money any way they can. Wayne Theodore has written a few books about the same incident (the other is called "sins of the father". His sister Geogia and brother Robert also have written a book about this same incident because like Wayne they also see an opportunity to cash in on something that happenned to them 35-40 years ago, aren't they past it by now. I was a victim of terrible child abuse, was molested by a family member for 4 years and I made a life for myself without looking back over why this happenned to me. Why write about it now? The Theodore family took great delight on being on tv so many times on the Sally Jessy show. They bragged to anyone who would listen that they were going on tv, hardly the scenario for a family that was still suffering and yet a great opportunity to gain sympathy from everyone. They were thrilled to be a mini-celebrity and when her show was cancelled now what do they do? Ah, let's all write books and see if we can milk this cow a little more. Check the background of these people before you invest good money in their books, many of them have continued the cycle of abuse on others and yet now want to get paid for having done to others what was done to them. Half of it actually is true and the other half? Well like a previous reviewer i've known this family forever and there is more fiction than fact going on here. What a scam.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.com

    Wayne was one of twelve children. He is now married with four daughters and is a successful contractor in New Hampshire. It sounds like he is living the American dream; however, a phone call from one of his younger brothers triggers Wayne to seek answers from his past. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>He has to confront his parents, and does so on a national talk show. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just finished reading this book. It was painful to read. The reason it was so painful is because it's still happening everyday all over. I work in a school district in a town like Methuen Mass. I know of children dealing with the same kind of abuse as Wayne. Social services has been called countless times for the children. At one point we were told they were tired of our calling them because there was no way they would remove the childeren from the home. I'm sure there are hundreds of these cases all over. No one is helping the children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    I knew them

    I knew Wayne and his older brother. I had been to the house. Everyone knew they lived in a shack in the woods and something wasn't quite right, but back then no one did anything about it. His brother asked me to help him run away. I saw the black eyes and bruises. I feel bad now, but I was a teenager at the time, I couldn't help him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    Shocker

    This is a great book...makes you think and appreciate what u have. Sometimes we think that what we went through was hard but when you sit there and read a book like this one it makes you realize that the things we went through as children was nothing compared to children like Wayne.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    triumphant

    Wayne is an aspiring true life story of one man's courageous steps in achieving healing from a destructive/abusive past. Horrific childhood, deplorable living, yet his inner strength to survive is incredible. Healing the deepest emotional scars, on a daily continuum, brings the reader to compassion and validates the strength capable in humans. A must read, for inspiration, hope and the true triumphs we can achieve as humans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Left me speechless

    'Wayne' forever changed the face of child abuse when he shared his horrifying secret with the world. 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'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    A spirit that wouldn't die!!

    I could not put this book down! My friends couldn't put it down! For such a heartbreaking theme, WAYNE carried a message of hope, of courage, of undaunted spirit. The thing that broke my heart was a mother who sat by and watched, and the part that made me smile was his guts and tenacity throughout 15+ years of abuse. WAYNE starts out at 6 years old when his father almost killed him while his mother just sat there and watched. He looked into the mirror afterwards at that battered little boy and promised that someday he would tell on his father. The first few pages of the book are pretty tough to get through, however the rest of the book is not page after page of graphic abuse. He set the stage, then carried on that theme with his thoughts, feelings, how he dealt with life and people. The great thing about this book is abused people who hopefully read it will identify with those thoughts and feelings and can start the process of healing. I have had the great privilege to meet Wayne Theodore on his nationwide book tour. His message is one of hope, and he is determined to change things in this nation. He told me that there are things that can be done to change the statistics of abuse in this country! I saw the little gutsy boy in the man I met. He is happy, full of life, and his brothers, sisters and himself have broken the cycle of abuse. WAYNE is a message of hope to all. Read the book! Maybe we can all help him change the world! I'm reading it again and I'M WAITING EAGERLY FOR HIS NEXT BOOK!!?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    phenominal

    one of the most moving, inspirational, and unforgetable books I have ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Inspiring to say the least!!

    This man in my opinion has incredible will and spirit. I am a survivor as well and can relate to this story. It gives a clear veiw of what one can overcome. this story is a 'MUST READ' this book will help Thousands and is by far the best in its subject I've ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    A Must read book!!!

    This book is very compelling. Giving abused children the inspiration to see the future and to become whatever they want to be,and to give awareness and hope. Thumbs up, a must read book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Extremely Inspiring

    This book is extremely inspiring...and can touch the life of anyone who reads it. This book reaches out to all the people who are trapped and need help and inspiration. Wayne, I hope your book inspires more people and you do in fact break the cycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    TeensReadToo! U need to get your story straight!!! He has 5 dau


    TeensReadToo! U need to get your story straight!!! He has 5 daughters and 1 son so a total of 6 CHILDREN! But you are only feeding into his sick mind game he plays with his two oldest that they are not apart of the family because his family only consist of his 4 daughters which in reality now only consist of 3 because only 3 of HIS CHILDREN talk to him and there is good reason..his youngest daughters has t spoken or seen this so called GREAT,protector and &quot;FATHER&quot; since she was 8 , his oldest daughter and his ONLY son to not speak with him either !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    S. Clifton

    This is the best book about abuse i have ever read. Wayne shows incredible courage and love for life. This book is very inspiring to not only the abused but to ALL people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    Story of an abused child.

    This is one of the finest books about child abuse that I have ever read. I can recommend it most highly to everyone interested in this subject. It is a must read for those who, like Mr. Theodore, suffer childhood abuse at the hands of those they should have been able to trust the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Not to be missed!

    As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I am deeply moved by the courage Wayne Theodore brings to survivors everywhere. This book is a catalyst for life change.

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    Posted November 19, 2010

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