Denise M. Clark reviews Father's Touch
Author of A Man's War
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The autobiographical account of one manís journey to spiritual, emotional and physical freedom is at the heart of Fatherís Touch, a tragic tale of abuse, incest and helplessness. But this book is also about hope, courage and determination, one that enables the Ďmulti-facetedí Donald to survive his past and retain his sanity. While many will consider the subject matter in Fatherís Touch depressing and/or disgusting, which it is, Mr. DíHaene presents his story with a dignity and honesty that is not only admirable, but he also provides help in his own special way to those who may be experiencing the same trauma he has dealt with his entire life. DíHaene stresses that just because the abuse stops, that doesnít mean the victim no longer suffers. DíHaeneís struggle against the legacy of his childhood has taken him one painful step at a time toward self-acceptance, confidence and self-worth.
Fatherís Touch is a very well
written memoir filled with a myriad of emotion that ranges from despair
to hope and then back again, only to finally triumph in the end. Mr. DíHaeneís
courage in writing about such a difficult struggle and his willingness
to expose himself to public scrutiny should be applauded, and while his
endeavor to find peace and acceptance certainly took its toll on him, he
has now found a degree of happiness and love. But his story is not yet
over, and he is working on his next memoir. In sharing of his lifeís story,
DíHaene has certainly offered a loving, caring hand of support to all victims
of abuse everywhere, for which he should be commended.