I read the book three weeks ago and I cannot get it out of my mind. Heartlessness and cruelty, all in the name of Jesus. Riveting. Harrowing. And somehow, the author is not bitter. The story is above all about love.
Enthralling book. Knowing it is a true story locked me in from the beginning.
I would recommend it especially to anyone who was brought up in church and taught
attendance was considered a requirement. Every Sunday morning, Sunday evening,
Wednesday service and other church functions were mandatory.
The bond between the sister and brother was wonderfully written and captivating
to read. Great book by Julia Scheeres
Oh my gosh! I read this in two days. Undoubtedly THE most depressing book I have ever read! Maybe it just hit too close to home for me since my son is African American, but how in God's name anyone could mistreat, hurt and BEAT children like those supposed "parents" did is beyond me. Poor David - what a horrid, sorrowful life that child had, and despite it all, he remained hopeful and relatively cheerful. It broke my heart. That this was done in the name of religion is abhorrent. That this goes on today in the name of religion is even more abhorrent. I am absolutely SICK from reading this. I will repost it, get rid of it and try to erase its horror from my mind, but I doubt I will ever be able to.
EXCELLENT BOOK!! a touching story of a brother and sister growing up with parents who dont know how to love. Using the church, God, the bible to justify the way they love/abuse their children. Told in flashbacks from the time her brother (who was adopted when he was three) joined their family thru to their later teen years its their love story. How they managed to show love to each other even when no one had demonstrated/communicated love to them. Her brother David who is african american has to endure racism not just from the kids in their all white schools and churches but also at home where his adopted parents cant/wont love him simply because of his skin color. After some presumed transgressions they are eventually shipped off to a reform school in the caribbean. together they endure hell on earth. hoping and praying for the day of their release. this book should be required reading. this author can tell a story!! if you cant tell i love this book!!!!!!!!!! be forwarned language, sex, abuse, rape, religous exploitation are all themes of this book it is not for the easily offended