I Just Want You to Know

by Michael Maguire

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/06/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 76
ISBN : 9781504387835

About the Book

The best way to describe this book is to describe what it is not. It is not a book to explain away a parent’s behavior. It is not a book to defend, excuse or rationalize. It is not a book about addiction or disease. It is not a book about coping or helping a child to understand. It is not a book about the secrets we keep. It is a book about what occurs in the world of a child when ambivalence is present. It is about how a child talks to him or herself, choosing behaviors and an identity to accommodate their environment. It is a book about how those behaviors are still running adult lives. It is about the message every child and adult needs to believe about being whole, perfect and complete.

About the Author

Michael is just like you. He grew up in a middle class neighborhood and appeared to come from a family like everyone else - normal. By the time he was 17, he was very experienced at keeping the family’s secrets. These secrets were, after all, nobody else’s business but their own. And again, he appeared to be like everyone else - normal. It wasn’t until his late 20s that his five closest friends from college, 10 years after they met, each shared that they too came from families in distress: rageaholism, manic depression, alcoholism, divorce, infidelity, and mental abuse. Yet, each appeared to come from a family like everyone else - normal. He writes not as an authoritarian, educator, social worker or PhD, but as a person wanting to transform every child’s experience of being “less than.”