This has got to be the most compelling and sad book I read all year. I was moved with pity by the author’s honesty and openness. It is a book that most readers won’t be able to put down once they start reading.
The book details years of abuse in the hands of his father. These accounts are so sad and disturbing. As I was reading the book, they brought me to tears many times. It is hard to believe that a mother could justify such abuses to her son. Alcoholism can be a terrible disease and it can destroy a family, and Dr. Roberts shows this very vividly in his book. And adults who live with alcoholics tend to be in denial about what is happening a lot of the time. But this takes this fact to alarming new heights.
Dr. Roberts had to hit rock bottom before he was able to forgive himself and let go of the shame. It can take a lot of knowledge, time, and patience to come to that place. And some of us can never get to that place because it takes so much courage.
The most inspiring part of the book was that Dr. Roberts went on to become a medical doctor despite all the pain and the hardship he endured so that others could get the help that they needed. I learned a lot about the politics in the Philippines too—something that I wasn’t aware of. To practise medicine in a place like the Philippines is an accomplishment in itself. But to practise with his background is breathingly awesome and inspiring.
What a wonderful book about a journey that few can take with the kind of authenticity and honesty that Dr. Roberts did.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth