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Saved From Silence

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Amanda and her family seemed to be the perfect family. But the secrets they hid beneath the surface were destroying Amanda's life. Though friends and relatives knew that her father-an upstanding citizen, a contributing member of society, and a religious family leader-was strict, they had no knowledge of the physical, mental, and emotional torture he inflicted upon Amanda a ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by iUniverse Star (first published December 30th 2008)
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Paula Hudson
Dec 05, 2009 Paula Hudson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Paula by: The Author

I thought everyone would like to hear an update about this story. While it is horrible that this story even exists, Amanda (the author) should be applauded for having the courage to tell it!

Amanda's Dad (Gregory Applegate) waived his right to a jury trial and plead GUILTY in open court on November 19, 2009. At the opening of his hearing, "Saved From Silence" was accepted into evidence by the Prosecution, AND the Defense Attorney, Tonda Curry, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Heartwrenching at times, but a definite must read nonetheless. I don't say that because this is the type of story to leave one with happy thoughts or because it's impossible to put down (which it is). I say it's a must read because it is an intense and powerful story. Amanda has taken a tragedy and described it in such a way that anyone can feel the terror the child had to endure as well as the pain the woman had to live through even after part of the abuse ended ...more
First I must applaud Amanda for having the strength and courage to tell her story. It's never easy for the victim of this kind of abuse to lay it out in front of the world. Amanda did so with grace and candor and you can't help but feel what she feels. The things in this book are hard to read but it's a story that other survivors can identify with and one that will help those that know a survivor to understand the long lasting effect this kind of abuse can have. One thing that made this book sta ...more
This book is a very well written account of the abuse suffered by the author, Amanda Richardson. She gives examples of the severe physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse she endured as a child at the hand of her father. She talks about her personal and very difficult journey to freedom.

At times it is very difficult to read. My heart broke for the author on many occasions throughout the book. No person should ever have to suffer through what she experienced.

I highly recommend this book
The book is a fast read but not an easy read. It was really difficult for me to read through some events that the author described because of their 'heaviness'. Amanda is such a strong woman and I am sure it took her so much courage and strength to overcome all the things that happened to her and decide to write a memoir. It saddens me to think about how many children are abused by their parents and people that are close to them, but the outside world does not see any of the abuse. This is a mus ...more
As heart wrenching as this was to read, I can't begin to imagine how heard it was for Ms. Richardson to write. This was a very difficult book to read and my heart ached for the "little girl Amanda" keeping her secret.It made me want to go shake her mother and scream in her face- how can you not believe your child?- as much as castrate her "father". Thank God she was able to work through this and keep working through her ordeal with the help of counselors, friends, husband, Daniel, daughter, Grac ...more
I won this book here on goodreads; I was very excited to read it and I was not disapointed. You have to give credit to someone who has lived through abuse and can move on to tell about it in order to help others understand. This was a very well written book that was deep but not too deep, its the kind of book you can give to a young adult to read and not worry its too much for them. Thank you Amanda for sharing your story.
John Kennedy
This is a gripping, true account written by young woman of the sex and physical abuse she endured from her father as she grew up. It's difficult to read the trauma she went through, but difficult to stop reading. Her family was the perfect Christian family in a small Texas community. No one suspected anything was amiss. For years, Amanda told no one because of the psychological terror imposed by her dad. Finally she told her mother, who repeatedly ignored her pleas for help. That consigned her t ...more
Not for me. I just couldn't really get into it. I think I'm just not one of those people who love to read about other people's abusive and abused lives. It was a heavy book, and just not what I was looking to pick up when I did. I'm sure others will really appreciate it though.
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