Dave Pelzer survived one of the worst child abuse cases ever recorded in the state of California. His mother, a mentally disturbed alcoholic, tortured and abused him throughout his childhood--smashing his face into a mirror, forcing him to swallow ammonia, and making him sit on a burning stove, among other heinous cruelties. In his bestselling memoirs, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, Pelzer recounts his horrific childhood, demonstrating how inner resilience helped him survive and even become a highly caring and accomplished adult. (He was eventually selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.)
Although Pelzer has a graduate degree in the school of hard knocks, he never got a chip on his shoulder. In this self-help book, Pelzer sticks with his warm and plainspoken narrative style to offer advice on how to help yourself overcome adversity and let go of the past. Wisely, Pelzer often deflects attention away from his overpowering story. Instead, he offers anecdotes that pertain to more common, everyday scenarios: you feel taken advantage of at work but are afraid to quit; you have unresolved issues with your spouse. His guidance is familiar, such as never go to bed upset and tackle problems as they arise--don't let them fester. It may sound simplistic, but sometimes that's just what we need--a trustworthy ally who can dole out "been there" advice in a straightforward style. --Gail Hudson
This is such an interesting book. It is written by person who suffered terribly when he was a child. He wrote several books about his life: A Child Called 'It,' The Lost Boy and A Man Named Dave. I liked this book so much that I bought a couple of them as gifts for teenagers. It teaches resilience and gratitude.
In his bestselling memoirs, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, Pelzer recounts his horrific childhood, demonstrating how inner resilience helped him survive and even become a highly caring and accomplished adult. (He was eventually selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.)
In this book he tackles relevant issues such as spousal and business relationships as well as the art of communication. Dave Pelzer is clearly a master communicator and he has used his experience, knowledge and plain common sense as teaching tools to enrich and reshape the lives of others.
Received a star rating of 4 1/2 (Amazon.com)
In Help Yourself, Dave explains how we can move beyond a painful history, harmful negative thought, and innumerable setbacks by taking control and being accountable for our lives. Filled with his own history as well as the personal struggles of those who have followed his three-step plan for turning adversity into triumph, Help Yourself is a rousing call to people who want real answers to real problems.
Having come from a alcoholic dad- and witnessing child abuse by others (not my immediate family)
Then ending up in a abusive marriage I can say I personally felt his deep emotional pain.
It was moving and had me in tears at parts.
But Dave has survived and thrived!!
Anyone in a abusive relationship should ready and study this book!
It gives you the many tools to get and give help!
Highly recommend that everyone read this book!
Thanks Dave for a great book!
A powerful book from the author of "A Boy Called "It". He was abused mercilessly by his mother as a child, Dave turns his past into a positive by helping those who have gone through the same things that he endured.
The authors memoir books, " A Child Called 'It'," " The Lost Boy," and "A Man Named Dave," were bestsellers. This book takes the lessons from the struggles of those books and puts them into this inspiring new guide. Lots of heartfelt wisdom.
From Pelzer's books that he wrote of what his childhood was like, this book, Help Yourself, is a wonderful Inspiration to the wonders of hope. The human spirit conquers above and beyound and no matter what, hope is what we have to strive on. A beautifully, well written book on courage and strength.
This book is a hardback, it did not show one for the hardback and the ISBN number I have on the hardback brought up the exact paperback with the same jacket cover as the one above and the same page numbers. I think the book type is just listed incorrectly.