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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Conversation with Author Dave Pelzer

Pelzer,Dave_bookIn his bestselling book, A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer told the story of the horrific abuse he experienced at the hands of his mother. After years as a popular speaker and frequent guest on national media, Dave now has written Too Close To Me, a candid and courageous story of striving to be a good parent, husband and advocate for others who struggle to rise above abuse. This Mom Enough discussion offers hope that it is possible to break the cycle of abuse and find a better way for yourself and your children.


What do you see as a core message in Dave Pelzer’s story about learning to be a good parent after the terrible abuse he experienced in his own childhood? What do you think about his emphasis on understanding the life experiences of his abusive mother? Leave a comment below!

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  1. angel on July 28, 2015

    I haven’t had a chance to purchase this book but I am interested most certainly as I am failing to get pregnant and to see myself as a parent because of the subconscious is a heart breaking challenge for me a lot of my days.. learning strategies over the triggers, reactions that are in my present – I am not even tapping into the negative of the past as I forgive and understand but jeeeeeeeepers I wish it would just leave me alone.. I am learning Coping Strategies and slow process but progress re-programming the brain, cellular memory etc.. I am new but tell the rest of my body mechanism that.

  2. Marti Erickson on July 29, 2015

    From your message, it sounds like you must be getting some therapy or counseling. That is so important when you’ve experienced abuse and trauma. I would encourage you to read Dave’s book, but also to make sure you have a very good therapist who understands the recovery process. I wish you well on your very difficult journey. (From Marti, co-host of Mom Enough)

  3. Edna Bell on January 15, 2016

    THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I could message you enough or ALL how nor why’s I connect with the books I’ve read of yours….I actually had to remember it was you writing them not me. Amen and praise God!