A Beautiful World: One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion

A Beautiful World: One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion

by Gregg Tyler Milligan


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A Beautiful World addresses the harsh realities of child abuse and stands out in the memoir category as bold and emotionally shattering. From the beginning, the straightforward prose shows us a brutal world of sadness and depravity. The narrative becomes ever more lurid as the writer recounts in graphic detail the horrors of child abuse. It is a shocking and moving story – rife with gritty realism, hope and the endurance of the human spirit. The reader will find A Beautiful World thought-provoking and, in many places, a genuinely moving experience. The writer draws the reader into his valuable personal insights, providing a firm grasp of the perils and challenges faced by victims of abuse along the road to healing and deliverance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608440511
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2009
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 693,106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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A Beautiful World: One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SarahAnn09 More than 1 year ago
From the first six words of the Introduction, you are drawn into the world of the author, Gregg Milligan, as he delves back into childhood and the last three years spent in his mother's home. Before Gregg's story even begins, the message of the book is as clear as if it were spoken - he shares his experiences hoping to help others "buckle down and bear the ride" through their own hell - and know that they are not alone. Chronicling a young boy's endurance of incredible abuse, A BEAUTIFUL WORLD is a tribute to hope. Through the years of brutal molestations, beatings to the brink of death, horrific manipulation, and severe mental abuse - this young child keeps his hope alive. As time passes, seeds of awareness and independence slowly begin to grow inside Gregg's heart - molding into a plan of escape to save himself and his siblings. The narrative is written with an exceptionally visual style, which plunges you deeply into the story alongside young Gregg. (FYI- If you research the author's background, you'll find that he is actually an award-winning writer - with his work winning first place in the Memoirs/Personal Essay category of the Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition, in addition to several other awards garnered over the years.) Readers who join Gregg's journey will find themselves carried in the momentum of events, including a frenzied search for Gregg's younger sister while the children are left home alone. The night ends in unexpected chaos, and the story hurtles forward, opening the lens on Gregg's world to a full view of the horror endured. In the face of the physical, mental, and emotional anguish, a valiant heart shines forth. Readers will feel the binding devotion Gregg has for his mother despite her abuse, and the lengths he goes to in order to care for her. And - with all the strength he has - Gregg does his best to also care for his siblings. He even takes in a young kitten cast away from its mother. His kind, loving spirit remains unbroken in the cruel torrent of abuse. As the years progress, desperation builds - and readers follow Gregg to the absolute edge of sanity and survival. This is a book you won't be able to put down. It's an incredible account of the perseverance of the human spirit with the resounding message to never give up - whatever adversity you may face. From the Epilogue of A BEAUTIFUL WORLD: "What I do know is that I tried and I am still trying. I will not quit. It is my anchor that holds me in place, so the world (sometimes ugly . . . sometimes beautiful) does not bowl me over. It is my anchor keeping me in place waiting for you." Bottom line - read A BEAUTIFUL WORLD and find out for yourself. Those that do will never forget it.
Sue-Marsh More than 1 year ago
I've read several memoirs by survivors of child abuse ... including A Child Called It, Lost Boy, The Tricky Part, etc ... and this book, A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, really stands apart. -- First off, A Beautiful World has a unique structure. While most memoirs keep a linear year-by-year structure, A Beautiful World is more like four literary narratives. Instead of looking at a timeline, I felt like I was teleported into specific experiences, standing in the corner of the worn down living room, watching these horrific experiences unfold. -- Secondly, the writing is amazingly poetic. Here is an example "Our neighborhood was a contorted dirty forgotten place. The last vestige of humanity unwashed. At the center of this life was Mother. She built a relationship with her children based on unadulterated guilt, manipulation, and violence. And as long as I can remember, I was her caretaker. I would spend hours in quiet waiting, at the edge of visibility. It was a worrisome devotion. A strong and ugly love." That poetic voice carries through the most graphic experiences, which I can't include here. --And finally, the most profound aspect is the ending. I won't say too much because I know my description won't do it justice, but if there was ever a 'literary device' that could capture the depths of how child abuse affects not only the child (by placing the most unbelievable, life-long, phychological burden) but also society as a whole, Mr. Milligan has perfected that with his ending. I bet the ending will frustrate some, leave others in disbelief, but for those who have been exposed to abuse, you will feel the 'truth' of how this story 'concludes' ... and you'll know that any other ending, any 'whitewashing', would have been a lie. -- I hope millions will read this book, so we as a society can continue understand the profound and destructive effects of child abuse and we can find a way to stomp it out.
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Carey88 More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't love this book? It's the true story of the triumph of Gregg Milligan. As a child, he suffered through horrendous abuse yet kept his hope alive for years until finally escaping and saving his younger sister and older brother from their brutal mother. As you turn each page, the intensity of this book grows and you literally cannot wait to find out what happens to Gregg. And for those who don't watch Oprah, check out her site -- there's an interview posted with Gregg Milligan himself that is awesome!! You get to see how he not only survived the abuse, but became a success himself - achieving his bachelor's and his master's, and holding executive roles in corporate America. Yet this incredible man says his greatest accomplishment is raising his beautiful son without abuse . . . his son is also on the show and you'll be so moved by the love between them!! A BEAUTIFUL WORLD is literally the best book I've ever read and Gregg Milligan is my new hero!!
Luckee80 More than 1 year ago
I read A Beautiful World as part of my book club. When we got together to discuss it, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The book is written from Gregg's perspective as a child, exposing the depths of abuse within his mother's house. The memoir is masterfully written . . . every single one of us felt like we were right next to Gregg through each and every page of his story. The visual style is incredible. What kept us completely engrossed was the beautiful heart of this little boy, shining through the abuse like a ray of light. In spite of all the horror, his spirit could not be crushed. Malnourished, neglected, abused in every way you can imagine - and still he did his best to hang on. Your heart will feel the amazing love for his little sister and brother amid the harsh struggle they went through every day. The raw honesty that the author shares will deeply move you. The range of emotions that we as readers went through ran the gamut from gripping empathy for Gregg's pain, to seething anger at his abusers, to cheering Gregg on as turned his dream of escape into action, saving his siblings. And this is the story of a CHILD! It floored all of us. One of our book club members shared it with her college-age daughter. Her daughter loved it too!! We all gave this book five stars, which is our highest rating. The inspirational story of Gregg Milligan will leave a deep imprint upon your heart.
JunSullivan More than 1 year ago
Mr. Milligan is an outstanding writer and his story is a piercing account of his boyhood and the atrocities endured. The story reaches the depths of hell alongside Mr. Milligan as a boy -- clinging to the edge of survival -- then finding the strength to escape. I find Mr. Milligan to be a compelling individual in that he chooses to share his story with all of us -- to open our eyes to the fact that no matter what you go through, you can come out the other side. I applaud his bravery -- and hope that the rest of us realize that A BEAUTIFUL WORLD is actually a call to duty. It's time for us all to stand up and be brave, and spread the message.
Aey_Thailand More than 1 year ago
Gregg Tyler Milligan.Thanks man. You are very brave. Very remarkable. I applaud you wholeheartedly. Aey...
yum More than 1 year ago
Gregg Tyler Milligan writes about his childhood in his memoir A Beautiful World. It describes his encounters with his abusive, alcoholic mother with his brother and sister. Gregg is molested, beaten, and neglected up to age eleven. He tries to be near his abusive mother and keep her safe despite her rage because he is so fearful of her. This leads to even more violent acts when he is the only one there for her to lash out on. It is a true story of a horrible life that no child should have to endure, told in such a moving and powerful way that this book should be in your permanent library and shared with others for years to come.
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