A Cause and A Cure

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
386 Pages
Reviewed on 07/11/2012
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Author Biography

Steve A. Mizera endured endless hardships and emerges. It is the lesson he learned from these experiences that he wants readers to take away after reading his powerful autobiography.

Born in 1940 in Cressona, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of a coal miner worked in a variety of industries since running away from a second orphanage at 14 to live on the streets of Philadelphia. Having a strong work ethic he is called a Dime a Dozen by a heartless and employer. He retaliates by stealing $25,000 in tires in 1956.

He taught himself how to repair automatic transmissions, spent four years in the USAF, sold fruit on the international market, worked as a railroad conductor for a decade, founded and published a weekly newspaper in a small northern California town, and attended law school before going to Alaska to serve in the legislature.

Starting life without bonding and winding through decades of rejection and failed relationships, at forty he commits an unthinkable crime and is sentenced to 20 years in California’s Folsom Prison. Following his release he spends two decades in public service.

Although raised with a bleak view of the world, it is how his life is transformed when adopted by loving immigrants who lead him away from a life of crime. His priceless reward is the redemption that forms the fabric of this compelling life story. In writing his autobiography at seventy one, he believes he has identified a cause and a cure for pedophilia, and offers his 377 p

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers' Favorite

"Pedophila: A Cause and A Cure" was one of the most unusual books I have read in a long time. It is an autobiography by Steve A Mizera, who is a convicted sex offender. He himself had been a victim of abuse by nuns in the Catholic Orphans Home and sodomy by a Catholic layman in charge of a boys sleeping ward. Both his parents and brother abandoned him at an early age. All of this led to psychological damage, causing him to be a loner without friends and family to lean on. He became a sex offender and spent several years in prison.

Don't be turned off by the subject matter of this book. It is an amazing story of a man who was abused as a child and then became an abuser himself. While in prison for a sex offense he had to hide the reason for his incarceration as many with this label were killed by other prisoners. Being out of prison wasn't much easier as he struggled to find a job, a family, and forgiveness. Steve A. Mizera has written a compelling story offering the cause and cure of pedophilia. He advises parents to be very wary of who watches their children.

Steve A. Mizera

At the age of seventy I had to take a hard look at my life. I had been hounded by two questions for the past three decades: What causes a pedophile to cross the line and abuse children, and is there a cure?

Pedophilia is considered a disease. Acting on their sexual impulses makes it a crime. Society treats both pedophilia and child molestation as if it were the plague. Unfortunately, they are not looking for the cause and a cure. They take the band aid approach and focus on punishment and revenge instead of prevention. And this attitude is what allows child abuse to continue and to go mostly undetected.

Most people will not reveal their dark secrets, especially if they tend to enrage others when those secrets are revealed. But I had to reveal mine, regardless of the consequences. I firmly believe that no one should write a book unless they have something important to say, and that it will benefit society. I met that criteria so I set off to spill my guts. I also knew that anyone who thought they knew me would have a much different opinion o9f me after reading my autobiography.

A few Christians told me it was difficult to read my book because of the subject matter and language. Some stopped reading after one chapter. Unfortunately, they missed the message I want to disseminate.

Initially I entitled my unbelievable autobiography From a Dime a Dozen to Priceless. That title represented the beginning of my life of crime and the end of it.

As I began writing I changed the title to reflect the purposeof my book: to try to examine my life to see if it contained the answers to my questions regarding pedophilia and child molestation.

I believe I accomplished this goal.

I hope anyone reading my autobiography will use the information it contains to detect possible child abuse in their environment and prevent it. How many Penn State leaders missed the opportunity to detect and prevent. They allowed ten years of child victimization. Perhaps if the message of my book was made available to them, children would have had a higher priority than football.