Item description for OOPS! Wrong Family by Debi Toporoff...
The personal story of author Debi Toporoff will help those dealing with the memory and pain of abuse, as well as those looking to understand what children suffering from abuse have experienced.
Toporoff uniquely tells her story from a child's perspective, highlighting her mother's physical abuse, her father's neglect, and the moments of rest she had while taken away to foster families.
By the age of four, Toporoff remembers being held responsible for cleaning the household while enduring the wrath of her never-satisfied mother. Not for the faint of heart, she graphically tells of going blind in one eye, cracking her skull, and breaking her leg, all by her mother's hand.
Through several foster families, caring teachers and co-workers, Toporoff pieced together the story of Jesus, and his forgiveness and never-failing love for her, which lead to hope and forgiveness.
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Studio: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Running Time: 132.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN 1604623993 ISBN13 9781604623994
Availability 0 units.
More About Debi Toporoff
Dr. Debi Toporoff, born in Stuart, Florida, has been in the mental health field for over thirty years. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, a master's degree in theology, and a doctorate of ministry from the Life School of Theology. She has one daughter and resides in Beech Island, South Carolina.
Debi Toporoff currently resides in Beech Island Gloverville.
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A Haunting Story of Abuse, Redemption, and Recovery Feb 21, 2008
Dr. Debi Toporoff tells a disturbing story of a childhood of parental abuse. It is her desire to help other victims, and survivors experience wholeness. Debi's is a story of redemption and recovery. It is story of survival, of working through the pain and suffering of physical abuse. She tells of a father's neglect, and a mother's irrational behavior.
Debi graphically relates alarming stories of her mother's tirades and the consequence of the beatings that followed. She describes the feelings of mistrust, insecurity, worthlessness, inadequacy and the pain of loneliness.
Debi's early life and personal dysfunction was the result of the effects of abuse, parental rejection, the damage of being berated, the emotional scars of continuous isolation, and of the failure of her parents as caregivers to provide needed food and clothing.
Along the way several foster families, caring teachers, and co-workers helped Debi learn to trust, to reach out in love, and to understand the message of Jesus, his forgiveness, unconditional love, and hope. This is a story of rejection, redemption, and renewal.
Today abuse is being accepted as a major social problem, and is recognized as the cause of scores of people's suffering and the personal problems they encounter. Authorities are now facing up to the prevalence and significance of child abuse, physical, sexual, and emotional, and of the potential long term psychological and mental behavioral issues that stem from these abusive experiences.
It is Debi's concern that through the telling of her personal story the hurt of those dealing with the memory and pain of abuse will be eased. It is also her prayer that the book will minister to those looking to understand what children suffering from abuse have experienced.
"Oops! Wrong Family" is disturbing, haunting, and memorable. The book is a testimony of survival and of emotional pain healed through God's redemptive love and salvation. It communicates an important message, and is a rewarding read. Highly recommended.