Punished

Punished

by Vanessa Steel

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ISBN-13: 9780007256815
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 04/02/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Vanessa Steel was born and brought up on the outskirts of Birmingham in the 1950s. She survived her childhood ordeals and developed a psychic gift (as a young child she foresaw the assassination of Kennedy in 1963 oblivious to who he was), and started working professionally as a medium. She is now one of the most sought after psychic mediums in Britain with a long list of private clients including many celebrities, both in the UK and abroad.

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Punished 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are people in the world like Vanessa's evil step mother, and their victims all too often cover up the horror and dread they face each day, fearing an even greater punishment if they tell anyone. And worse, when they do break their silence, they are not believed by the very people who should protect them. I'm glad Vanessa found happiness at last, although she did take care of her insane step mother til the end and even facing death, this crazy evil woman would not give Vanessa the answers she sought. This book is a testament to the will of the human spirit to survive. Most of my reading was done with tear-filled eyes, a very heavy and broken heart, and a sickening feeling. Unfortunately, I found the book to be very similar to my upbringing (mother and grand-father), which has given me a stronger sense to be gentler, more patient, and more attentive to my children -- as this is the absolute worst life that any child could possibly live through. I am speechless in my prayers and wishes for Vanessa who survived her horrible upbringing, but still managed to muster through and never once gave up hope. Bless you and may God forever take great care of you and reserve a special pair of golden wings for you.I love reading true stories but this is one that is so riveting and unbelievable. The tortures that this child went through were horrendous and yet the author was matter of fact about the abuse she suffered and made sure to include how her life has thrived and that she was able to put all that happened aside to raise a healthy family. Highly recommend the read.    
mazda502001 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was a harrowing but inspirational true story and at times was a hard read but with spiritual help Vanessa saw her way through.Back Cover Blurb:Ever since Vanessa Steel was three years old, her mother had punished her whenever she put a foot wrong. Vanessa lived in daily terror of her mother's unpredicatable rage and the punishments she said were God's revenge on her for being the devil's child. If she was 'naughty', her mother would lash out at her in sadistic ways - with beatings, torture and starvation. Vanessa thought her mother would kill her. Then her grandfather began to sexually abuse her, aided and abetted by her mother and grandmother.But then one day, when she felt her deepest despair, mysterious things started happening to Vanessa that changed her forever. This resilient little girl found a secret way to survive and the truth about her mother was revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully inspiring!
palmmead More than 1 year ago
early chapters most disturbing ...but the spiritual element aided me to refrain from putting the book down. and as i hoped in early reading there was light at the end of the tunnel. inspiring lady to recount in an honest way of her ordeal. she should never have endured such horrific abuse. this book well help those of us in life who have experienced unfortuante childhoods....Thankyou vanessa and im so proud of you for who you are today ...a maternal soul. loving your children albeit their grown up, just the way a mother should love her children. i love you and may your dear brother nigel as he is in spirit always be with you. warm regards krissi x
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book showing we never know how the family next door live. It was a very heart wrenching look into a stolen life of an innocent child. Only shows you can take dire circumstances and turn them around. Glad God gave her the strength to survive and make something of her life.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
You have to have a stomach of steel to read this book. The abuse that takes place is disgusting, nauseating, and just plain evil. There some interesting things that happen in this story revolving around auras and the such but I won't say more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. Hard to put down
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Great book. Kept your interst. I finished it in less than 24 hours, I couldn't put it down!
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Sadye More than 1 year ago
This book is inspirational. To see what somebody actually truly went through at the hand of abuse. Very graffic. My heart goes out to her. She is a very strong woman.