TweetMisty Griffin's story ─ Surviving child abuse, parental betrayal, sexual assault, and Amish cruelty. A true crime memoir: When Misty was six years old her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where they were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse and extreme physical violence. Their step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. They also knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew they existed and did not know them well enough to care.
Amish Sexual abuse: When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community where they were adopted and became baptized members. Misty was devastated to once again find herself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse. Going to the police was severely frowned upon. A few years later, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. As Misty recalls, "Amish sexual abusers are only shunned by the church for six weeks, a punishment that never seems to work. After I was assaulted by the bishop I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. After reporting the bishop I left the Amish and found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card. To all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Today, I am a nursing student working towards my master's degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story."
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Forbidden Heritage (Amish Historical Series Book 2) by Misty Griffin
1897-1917. The stunning news of her mother's capture by Indians 19 years prior slowly reveals that Esther Stoltz is half Cheyenne Indian. This startling revelation leaves her wondering about the heritage she is forbidden to explore.
With the dawn of the 20th century, the Amish church begins to enforce a strict ban on modern conveniences such as the telephone, automobile, and electricity. Esther wonders why Amish church leaders believe these things are evil. Years pass and as spinsterhood sets in Esther becomes the school teacher for her Amish community.
On the Winds of Change (Amish Historical Series Book 1) by Misty Griffin
Kalona Iowa, 1877. Life in post civil war Iowa was harsh, especially if you were Amish, but this was the only life Hannah Troyer had ever known. Not long after Hannah marries Benjamin Stoltz she and her husband agree to move to the untamed open plains of Kansas to help start a new community.
In Kansas, Hannah is faced with dangers and hardships that are foreign to her. When she and one of her brothers are kidnapped by marauding Indians, Hannah is thrust into a nightmare that tests her strength and brings into question the love of those at the very core of her family circle. In the midst of...
Tiny Prisoners: Two siblings trapped in a world of abuse. One woman determined to free them. by Maggie Hartley
Aged just two and three years old, Evie and Elliot have experienced a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Scrawny, filthy and wide-eyed with fear when they turn up on foster carer Maggie Hartley's doorstep, these young siblings have hardly set foot outside their own home. They have been prisoners, locked in a terrifying world of abuse and violence. Maggie soon realises that Evie and Elliot are lacking the basic life skills we all take for granted. The outside world terrifies them; the sound of the doorbell sends them into a panic that takes hours to abate. Gradually unlocking the truth of their...
Loving Grace (A Bride's Unexpected Joy Book 2) by Zoe Russell
Grace Pearson’s sisters married men with whom they could be waited on hand and foot. But that is not the kind of future Grace longs for. She wants to build a life that she would be proud of with her own two hands and needs to find a husband who would see her as an equal. That’s why she chooses to move from Boston to the Oklahoma Territory as a mail order bride.
After a past heartbreak, Michael Sloan has no intention to fall in love ever again. He needs a wife who would share his work ethic and be his partner in making their farm thrive. Nothing more, nothing less.
Amish Homecoming: The Proposal: Amish Christian Romance (Amish Country Romance Book 1) by Samantha Bayarr
Lila leaves the Amish community after being asked to marry her sister's widower and become a mother to her children. Will Lila Yoder ever be the same after her sister, Hannah, passes away unexpectedly? When the Bishop approaches her only minutes after the funeral, asking her to take her sister's place as wife to Hannah's grieving husband and a mother to her children, Lila panics and runs off. When the mysterious, handsome stranger she sees while at Hannah's funeral bumps into her in town, her world is turned upside down in ways she could never have imagined, and leaves her wondering; what...
One More Moon: Goodbye Mussolini! One Woman's Story of Fate and Survival by Ralph Webster
Goodreads Choice Nominee Ralph Webster tells the true story of his grandmother’s desperate journey from her life at the Pensione Alexandra in Naples to America - after Mussolini and the Fascists join with Hitler - and as countries across the world close their doors to Jewish refugees fleeing the spread of Nazi evil.
In 1934, at age fifty-one, Elsa’s comfortable life in Mussolini’s Fascist Italy changes remarkably when she and her husband, Paul, purchase the Pensione Alexandria overlooking the Mediterranean in Naples. Though German Jews, they are embraced by their Italian neighbors, and for...
Bataan Uncensored by Col. E. B. Miller
After three months in a last-ditch defense of Bataan over sixty thousand American and Filipino soldiers were captured.
What happened next would scar survivors for the rest of their lives.
On 9th April 1942, the prisoners were rounded up and forced to begin marching. This was the beginning of the infamous Bataan Death March.
They were subject to cruel beatings and torture, were not provided with adequate food or water, and were forced to witness summary executions along the dreadful march that went on for over sixty miles. Those who survived with deep physical and psychological trauma.
Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape by Emma Gingerich
Growing up Amish and leaving the fold, Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, at the age of eighteen. Her memoir Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape captivates even the timid reader. Disagreeing with the beliefs of Amish traditions and upbringing, the pressure became too much for her to bear. Forced to make a personal decision, Emma found the courage to leave the only life she had ever known. She had no idea the emotional turmoil she'd inflict on her family and friends. The emotional reaction of her parents, brothers and sisters, are gut wrenching. Considered no...
You're not going home. You're not going anywhere. You're mine now.
Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade.
Held captive by a sadistic paedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies... each one stolen away...
Spilled Milk: Based On A True Story by K.L Randis
SPILLED MILK IS NOW BEING OPTIONED FOR PRODUCTION. "Randis later would testify at a criminal trial against her father, who was sentenced to prison for his crimes. He was sentenced to up to 16 years in 2004. Her painful -- and ultimately triumphant -- story is recounted in Randis' first novel, "Spilled Milk." - Brown, Stacy. Interview with the Pocono Record Newspaper
"Spilled Milk is a story about resilience. The strength of the human mind and will power to live a better life." - The Weekly Sparkle " The honest, raw openness of your writing style is compelling. Your story touched me...