Becoming a Man in the Shadowlands

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This story of survival is a book by a survivor for survivors. Never a victim and always a survivor, journey inside the mind of a child overcoming sexual abuse while navigating a pathway through the social insecurities of adolescence. Becoming a Man in the Shadowlands is a beautifully written saga about an ugly subject. It is an inspiring survival story and a book worth reading. More

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About Dennis Randall

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Only today, fifty years later, am I coming to terms with my past. I kept it all inside for so long my secrets became a prison of silence. Telling my story has set me free, and it is my prayer my book will help other survivors to escape from the shackles of silence. We are, as they say, works in progress.

NOTE: If you are a survivor of abuse I urge you to reach out to other survivors on Facebook. Search for, "CHILD ABUSE" or "ABUSE SURVIVORS." and join any one of the dozens of survivor communities you will find. You will find yourself in the company of some extraordinary people just like you. Good luck and thank you.

I didn't even know survivor communities existed until I wrote my book. The truth? I had never knowingly met another survivor of childhood sexual abuse until I finally went public with my own story of abuse. It has been a humbling, enriching, and enlightening experience. For 50+ years I traveled through my life alone with my memories. I am now privileged to journey in the same company of many remarkable and wonderful people. I am no more expert on child abuse than a survivor of a car crash is an expert on automotive safety. I am learning more every day. I hope you will find my book to be of value to you. If you read it, I only ask that you post your honest review. Thank you.

My babysitter raped me; school bullies sexually assaulted me, and my mother molested me. Despite all that, my life has been a remarkable and fantastic adventure. I once was the publisher and editor of a large regional newspaper, I’ve been invited to the White House two times, and played chess with Boris Spassky 20 years after shaking the hand of Bobby Fisher. I was twice elected selectman in my hometown and have served as a church elder for thirty years.

I have reached the point on my journey where there is more scenery in the rearview mirror then there is road ahead. Now that I have retired I have plenty of time to write. I’ll write ‘till I drop because I would rather hit the end of the road at full throttle than coast to a stop in the sunset.

Reviews

Review by: Fleirbunk Reise on Aug. 24, 2017 :
So sad yet I really think it's great - it's well-written, and easy to understand. This book talks honestly about where those fears are born from and normalize all the parts of the process of disclosing. I admire the author for having the strength to get through his ordeal. It also gives knowledge to society on the reality of abuse, and how many individuals are shy in admitting when a someone is being harmed, or putting a stop to it. The book is an inspiration to all that are going through or have been through abuse at the hands of the ones that are to love and protect us.

Good bless and wish you luck!
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Review by: Fantzie2000 on Aug. 17, 2017 :
This is an autobiography about a mother who verbally, physically, and sexually abused her son Dennis. Some might think this story is an account of all the unwanted and mean things his mother did to him. You would be incorrect. This book is the Randall's way of telling how he learned valuable life lessons through all the pain his mother put him through which allowed him to become a survivor. As a survivor of sexual abuse by a parent, I can honestly say this book was hard for me to read, but in the end it was necessary. Mr. Randall, thank you for sharing your story. Through your words, I am able to let go of all the hatred I held towards my father. You are the epitome of class. This book was well written and a true survivor's manual. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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