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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Tim Ebl has done an amazing thing in his book, Demons in the Cellar. He has not only written without malice about his childhood trauma, but he has turned around and grown through his experiences. Not everyone could forgive his attacker, much less his parents who allowed it, and even go so far as to take care of his parents now in their old age. In addition, Tim has written a great self help book for anyone who has poor self esteem. Anyone who has suffered through shame creating circumstances can benefit from this book, and in the second half of the book they will learn some strategies that really help.
Demons in the Cellar is a book about a young boy who was raped by a male cousin repeatedly for several years. As is typically the case, the rapist told him not to tell anyone because he, Tim, would get in trouble. Family gatherings were a severe source of anxiety because this cousin was invariably present, or if he was not there the rest of the family was talking about him in glowing terms. Everyone loved him, not knowing what he was really capable of.
This story is the horrible experience of a young child and shocking, but Tim Ebl states that he needs to describe what happened to him so the reader will understand the severity of his reactions. The self help portion of the book, the latter part, gives a few very interesting mind techniques that the reader can use to overcome their own trauma or poor self esteem. I can see, even without fully trying these techniques, how they can help, and I plan to use them in the near future to build the business I am planning.
While this book would not be for young children because of the sexual nature, it would be good for parents to read and potentially discuss the issues with their children in the sense that they need to teach children to avoid being assaulted in this way. In addition, the techniques of self help could be used by anyone if they were taught separately, without the story of Tim's childhood.