Archive for September, 2011

Memoir by abused boy is important, tough to read

Sep 15th, 2011 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Memoir by abused boy is important, tough to read
by Diana Washington Valdez \ El Paso Times

The-Color-Of-Pain“The Color of Pain: Boys Who are Sexually Abused and the Men They Become” by Gregory R. Reid (Lighthouse Trails Publishing, $10.95),

 

Young boys who are sexually abused are not likely to talk about it as adults, much less to report it. Such abuse may involve ordeals of extreme brutality meant to injure the body and destroy the psyche.

Gregory R. Reid knows this firsthand. He is a survivor who has written a book about the harrowing experiences he lived through in hopes that others like him will reach out for and receive healing.

The book, “The Color of Pain: Boys Who are Sexually Abused and the Men They Become” (Lighthouse Trails Publishing, $10.95), will evoke strong emotions from readers — who will prefer to believe they are reading fiction instead of someone’s memoir.

Some passages in Reid’s book are repulsive. They are supposed to be that way. Society recoils at the thought of children being attacked in any way.

“I’m a male sexual-abuse survivor,” Reid writes. “I am also a ritual abuse survivor. I am rare and belong to a company of men and boys, mostly silent and scared.”

The El Paso author tells his story in only 104 pages that are hard to forget. The account of incidents he describes are riveting and make the reader want to follow along to find out whether he ever recovers the childhood he lost in California. Some events he chronicles occurred within the context of ritual abuse.

The book comes with warnings that its contents should not be read by young children and that adults should use good judgment in deciding the right age for young people to read it.

Source: http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_18724348?source=most_emailed

NEW RELEASE: STOLEN FROM MY ARMS – A TRUE STORY

Sep 1st, 2011 Posted in new releases | Comments Off on NEW RELEASE: STOLEN FROM MY ARMS – A TRUE STORY

Stolen-From-My-ArmsLighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of our latest biography, Stolen From My Arms by Katherine Sapienza with Zach Taylor.

Book Information:
ISBN: 978-0-9824881-6-4
Retail: $14.95, illustrated, photos
Table of Contents and Prologue

Book Overview: When Katie Sapienza’s six-year-old son is kidnapped by his estranged non-custodial father and taken to a foreign country, Katie’s world falls apart. Leaving her California home and her supportive and frightened parents, Katie, in a state of panic and near hysteria, hops on a plane and flies half way around the world. She presents a meaningless warrant for Massimo’s arrest to the Italian court system, but is immediately “legally” assaulted by them. She is shocked to learn that the Italian judge on the case has sided with the father and makes it clear that Katie is not welcome there, nor will they return her son to her.

In despair, anguish, and heartbreak, Katie, who does not know of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice, decides she must remain in Italy, figure a way to support herself, and develop a plan to get Alex safely back to the U.S. In her desperation and grief, Katie turns to alcohol and sedatives to make it through each torturous day and sleepless night. Forbidden unsupervised access to her son, kept under the watchful glare of suspicious Italian relatives, and emotionally withering under the barrage of false accusations and misrepresentations, Katie suffers both regular anxiety attacks and deep depression. Plan after plan to legally retake her son fails. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months. When three years have passed, Katie now realizes she will never get her son back–at least not through the Italian legal system. She decides she must take a different course of action–a dangerous one, a very dangerous one, but this is her son, and she must do this.

When she is introduced to an international team of covert operatives who specialize in rescuing kidnapped children, she arranges a secret meeting and pleads with them to help. The paramilitary team are committed Christians, and their hearts go out to this mother who has been driven to the edge of madness through the ordeal. If the money can be raised for the expensive and risky rescue attempt, they agree to do it. Their hope and prayer is that they can not only return to Katie her beloved son, now nine years old, but also lead her to the One who can rescue her as well from the anguish and desperation of her soul.

A true, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat, heart-rending story, which illustrates God’s mercy and redemption. Click here to order or for more information.

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