Most of Frank Peretti’s books are fictional. This book is about his personal battle that he encountered as a child growing up with a physical disability. His book was written in the wake of the Columbine massacre. When this horrific display of violence happened, Frank Peretti was compelled to tell his story.
Anyone that has children, or works with them, needs to read this book! As adults we need to take the blinders off and recognize our responsibility to the children that are around us. Recently I was talking with a mother who said she has two children. She told me her children were popular in school and didn’t have a problem with being bullied. Even If our children aren’t directly affected we are still responsible as a community to look out for the welfare of others. The real need is to teach our children to care for those around us not only our family, also in our schools and communities. We can make a difference in the life of a hurting child. If we learn to recognize the kind of abuse that is described in this book – it is more than essential, it is life saving!
His first chapter is called a “Boys Hell”. Frank Peretti writes in the context of the third person to draw you into the story. As you read, it will bring back your own story of bullying – or maybe you were the bully. He gives a vivid detailed description of a young boys’ hellish experience at the hands of his peers. Not only is there physical abuse, there is also verbal abuse. Verbal abuse is just as serious as physical abuse. You can’t see the scars from the verbal abuse, yet you can carry these scars on the inside for the rest of you life. In chapter 2 he speaks of the circumstances that lead to his physical disabilities that were corrected by many painful surgeries. He truly had a difficult childhood, but he was fortunate to have loving parents.
This is a quote from his book; “All of us with all our wrinkles, shortcomings, bumblings, and imperfections, are God’s creation. We’re all precious in His sight and should be precious to one another – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even you.” This book is an eye opener I hope you will read it. It will make a difference in the way you look at others and yourself!