A homeless man with a golden voice has inspired the world to believe that dreams can come true. Yet in the midst of all the fanfare, there are nine people who are still crying with a pain that no amount of money can heal.
These are the voices of Ted William’s children who lived for years with his repeated absence, abandonment and neglect. Several of his children recently appeared with him on the Dr. Phil show, where polite diatribe was exchanged before, in a more private setting, tempers flared and a more truthful story was told. Forgiveness is earned when a person sincerely asks for it, and proves by their actions that they have changed.
In the Absence of my Father, published by Emperor Publishing, these issues are explored with heartfelt emotion and sincerity. “When a father leaves his family, and engages in a repeated pattern of neglect and absence, it is in many ways even worse than never having had a father at all.” Said Lena Arnold, author.
“I was compelled to write this book,” said Lena, “after viewing a talk show where a guest made a statement that his child didn’t need him. He was absolutely clueless to how important he was to that child’s life. While watching Ted Williams’s response to his children’s tears, and hearing his statement, I sadly realized that he, too, had been clueless. Unfortunately, many men think if a child is left with a strong woman that is enough, but that is simply not the truth.”
Glenn Jeffrey, founder of Life Coaches for Kids believes that the most important issue underlying the majority of troubled kids is the voluntary abandonment of children by their fathers. To that end, Lena, who has more than 20 years experience working with troubled youth, believes her book will help men to understand what happens when they aren’t around for evil, and when they are around for good. The course of Lena Arnold’s own life was negatively impacted as a direct result of the absence of her father.
Ted Williams is finding out that whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, when a man fails to live up to his responsibility, everyone suffers. Ah, but when he meets those obligations there are great rewards, not just for his family, but the world at large.
“This book is distinctive in that it is the only book of poetry deals with male abandonment from purely a poetic perspective.” said Dr. Carolyn L. Gordon, PhD. Div.
“Its balanced treatments are written to encourage men that contrary to what messages the world has sent they are needed for our nourishment, are important to our growth, and valuable to our development.”
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