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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself by Christopher E Pelloski, MD is a powerful story of a man who overcame all the odds. Dr. Pelloski was a leading oncologist, treating children for ravaging diseases. But he has a secret, something he has never fully told anyone before. That secret comes to light while he is away at a conference. Dr Pelloski has been viewing child pornography on the internet and now he’s been found out. Is he a pedophile or is there a deeper reason? This book is Dr Christopher Pelloski’s story of the sexual abuse that he suffered as a child. It is his story of how that abuse spilled over into his daily life, of the legal battle he endured, and of the lessons that he learned so harshly from it all. It is his story, a story that will blast apart any preconceived notions you may have before you open this book.
Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself by Christopher E Pelloski, MD was one of those “wow” books. This really is one of the most powerful books I have ever read; it is raw and it is harsh but it is real life and that never runs smoothly. Dr Pelloski has written a very open, honest and deeply revealing book, a book he didn’t have to write. We read stories all the time about this person or that one who has been arrested for looking at child pornography and we all automatically act as judge and jury. We never ask ourselves, “why?”
This book shows that nothing is ever as cut and dried as it may seem from the start, that sometimes there just may be a deeper reason why something has happened. This is a story that is written from the heart. It was easy to read in terms of flow and the way it was written, just a difficult subject to get to grips with. Dr. Pelloski has clearly taken a great deal of time and much effort to write his story; it must have been gut wrenching to relive it all again on paper. I take my hat off to Dr Pelloski for baring his soul and I wish him well on his road to rebuilding his life.