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A Long, Dark Tunnel till Christ, written by K. Chaplin, is a true story about my firstborn son. It describes how, as a child, he was neglected and verbally abused by his father and physically abused and almost beaten to death by my ex-husband. As I pulled my eight-year-old son out from under his bed after he had been beaten with a piece of water hose, a power cord, and a mop stick for the better part of fifteen minutes, I held him on the floor and watched him faint on my lap. As I safely lay him on the floor, I finally found the courage to open my mouth and let my ex-husband know that if he put his hand on my son one more time, he was going to die, and I would not go to court to testify on his behalf. Then I walked into my room, held my belly, and wept till I heard a voice telling me to run through the gate and not stop. But the Spirit of God who lived inside of me was greater than the devil telling me to run. If I had run, I know I wouldn't have stopped running. I would be a madwoman today. Love and forgiveness are the most powerful things in the world because, in spite of all the abuse my son suffered from under the hands of my ex-husband, he found it in his heart to forgive him and even welcome him into his home when he needed a place to live. Even though my son struggled from a lot of emotional issues from his past, he learned to put his trust in God. His faith causes him not to let those issues determine his faith even though in times past he felt like it would be better if God could take him home, where he wouldn't have to worry anymore. But God is not through with him yet.
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It was not an easy task for me to write this book, as some of my siblings do not agree with my decision to write and publish my whole life story, but this is my life-what I endured as a little girl growing up into an adult. I was compelled to write when I knew that reading about the things I have overcome will help people realize that they are not alone and that, yes, they can overcome and rise above it all from that ground zero of past shame and abandonment. They can make this book a stepping-stone for a stronger and brighter way of life. It has been twenty-one years since I first attempted to write this book, but I kept procrastinating until one day while searching the Internet I saw some publishing company advertising a promotion. I decided to make the call, but when the company started to go deeper into its terms and conditions, I got cold feet and turned it down, but the company did not give up on me. A year later, the phone rang, and it was the same company calling to tell me about another promotion it had, and I did the same thing by turning it down again. Another year passed. It wasn't until the fourth year that I heard a representative out to see what she had to say, and this time, I said to myself, “What the heck,” and decided to move forward. My reason for procrastinating so long was that not having a high school diploma, or even a primary or middle school education, wears heavily on me, and I didn't think I would be able to accomplish this goal.
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