The Unbreakable Child Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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"Richardson's candid accounts are chilling, and the strength she shows—with a very supportive husband at her side—is inspiring. Remarkably, she did not abandon the Church and in fact sends her children to Catholic schools. Hers is a beautifully told story about strength and an enduring faith that can lead but one place: to forgiveness." —Booklist, starred review
"This is a gripping account not just of horrific betrayal but also of heroic recovery." —David Clohessy, director of SNAP and winner, People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People in 2003
"Not so much a tragic tale as it is a testament to the resilience of human nature and the fighting spirit residing somewhere in each of us." —Greg Barrett, veteran journalist and author, The Gospel of Father Joe
"The most powerful story I've read in a long time. You'll feel her pain and her triumph, and be reminded that the human spirit is resilient beyond all reason. This book will change you." —Jenna Glatzer, author, Celine Dion: For Keeps
"A harrowing, but beautifully crafted saga of one woman's courageous fight against evil, and her victory over the greatest titan in history—the Catholic church. This is a book that will haunt you." —Alanna Nash, author, The Colonel
"Grim yet ultimately inspiring, this harrowing biography catalogues years of institutional abuse that took place in the Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum, a Catholic orphanage in Anchorage, Kentucky." —Kentucky Examiner
- Publisher : Kunati Inc. (April 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 160164163X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601641632
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,440,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thank goodness the author switched back and forth in the book between her childhood and her time as an adult when she was working with her lawyer to speak out for herself, her sisters, and the other children who were abused in the orphanage. The readers needed a break from all the abuse, but there was no escape from it for those abused children until they left the orphanage.
How wonderful it is that the author has managed to find it in her heart to forgive the people who abused her and the other orphans and is able to appreciate the family she has now. Her book about the terrible situation of her own childhood may provide more help to others than she will ever know. It certainly should help most readers to appreciate their own childhoods and to be more aware of abuse today.
How does an entire group of, supposedly, faithful people (people who chose to serve God) turn into soulless, evil monsters?
While this is a very disturbing book, every parent or other guardian should read this true story, and then be vigilant.
One must understand that this story took place in just one small institution in America, yet it was far from an isolated incident and is, in fact indicative of a centuries old widespread corruption. Ms.Richardson's courage and resolve is to be applauded.