Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins by Robert Crown
5 Stars: Truth to Power
This memoir and journey to find solace first chapter is a nightmarish roller coaster ride; it is not an easy admission for anyone to talk about a parent attempting to murder their children. I would also add that is not easy for a child to understand the psychosis of a deranged mother and uncaring father, "Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins" by Robert Crown is a testament that many of us would prefer to keep secret and suffer in silence.
As for Robert, events of his life kept pushing him to edge, his parents' makeup is that of selfish people who shouldn't have children and being a bounce around from mother to father and back to his mother, he did what many kids do runaway. Where he ends up hungry and being taken in by pedophile drug dealers, something that Robert said struck a chord with me, that he was a target for pedophiles, Robert spoke the truth, kids that come from broken homes and trying to survive their childhood are prey for the generally agreed lowest human beings that walk amongst us. Robert is sharing his most profound pain from childhood for those who still suffer, there is a light, I agree with Robert, but sometimes the unforgiving rock bottom has to smack us on the side of the face to save ourselves. Fate can be cruel and even though being passed around by rapist scarred him I believe him losing his friends in a car crash crippled Robert with survivor's guilt which some of us carry until it kills us. I wasn't sure where Robert would be in the next chapter but what I find best about Robert is that his inner voice was his saving grace. A good man with a bad hand who starts his awakening.
In "Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins" you will find a lot of darkness, but Robert's journey is inspiring and well written, some details he does not get into too deeply, but this book strikes the right balance because you can get hung up on reading shocking things and not wanting to finish the book.