A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
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A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games - games that left him nearly dead. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing and no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive - dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son. Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse - and the ability we all have to make a difference.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: HCI
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 7 1/2 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 1558743669
ISBN-13: 9781558743663

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

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Q: I would like to know if the author mentions God as his source of strength? As believers we can only rely on the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome. I would like to see the author give God the glory for his survival through his horrible childhood, and be able to use everything he endured as a ministry to others. Our life, good and bad, should be poured out for many, and to ultimately bring the lost and unsaved to Jesus!

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This book tells the story of Dave's severe abuse while growing up. He talks about his struggles with belief in God because of it, but throughout he continues to pray. In the epilogue he states, "...knowing the good Lord was always over my shoulder, giving me quiet encouragement and strength when I needed it most." More details of his escape from abuse can be found in the books "The Lost Boy" (stock # 8745157) and "The Privilege of Youth" (stock # 86291).

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