The Unbreakable Child: A Memoir About Forgiving the Unforgivable

The Unbreakable Child A Memoir About Forgiving the Unforgivable The Unbreakable Child a story about forgiving the unforgivable is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St Thomas Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky It is the first book

  • Title: The Unbreakable Child: A Memoir About Forgiving the Unforgivable
  • Author: Kim Michele Richardson
  • ISBN: 9780615714691
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Unbreakable Child a story about forgiving the unforgivable is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St Thomas Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky It is the first book in the United States to confront the institutionalized physical and emotional abuse suffered by countless orphans at the hands of Catholic clergy over these last decadesThe Unbreakable Child a story about forgiving the unforgivable is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St Thomas Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky It is the first book in the United States to confront the institutionalized physical and emotional abuse suffered by countless orphans at the hands of Catholic clergy over these last decades It also documents the historic United States lawsuit and first ever settlement paid by Roman Catholic nuns in the United States as recompense for decades of brutal institutional abuse of the author, her sisters and forty two other children The Unbreakable Child offers hope, justice, and forgiveness Booklist starred review This Edition Includes Readers Discussion Guide

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    1. "How does one describe evil, and how does one explain the evils of those who wore the face of God, who cloaked evil with His Veil?"Kim Richardson has written a stunning story of abuse, heinous crimes against helpless children, and amazing triumph over those circumstances. It is a story which both broke my heart and showed me hope and what it means to be resilient and of strong character.Church should be a safe place and religious leaders should be models of caring and compassion. Schools and orp [...]

    2. "There were no hearts but the broken at Saint Thomas," says Kim Richardson in The Unbreakable Child. The victim of abuse at the hands of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth during her stay at St. Thomas St. Vincent Orphanage, Kim was involved in a lawsuit against the nuns at the same time that the abuses on children previously covered up by the Catholic church were making headlines. Kim and forty-four other orphans who lived at the orphanage were granted the very first monetary settlement ever pa [...]

    3. The Unbreakable Child will rip your heart out of your chest and dangle it in front of you. You’ll ignore that minor inconvenience, because your eyes won’t move from the pages of Kim Richardson’s debut memoir. This is the story of Richardson’s nine years in a Kentucky orphanage. At the same time, it’s the story of the lawsuit brought against the order of nuns who ran the orphanage by Richardson and forty-four other former orphans. You know those sensational stories splashed across the n [...]

    4. Review: The Unbreakable Child by Kim Michele Richardson.This is a disturbing true story of abuse to children in a Catholic orphanage in Kentucky. The story is narrated by a victim who spent nine years confined to the orphanage with her three sisters. It’s also the story of a lawsuit brought against the order of nuns who ran the orphanage. Her attorney, William McMurray an advocate for abused children, and herself wanted justice for the other forty-five other victims. Richardson explains her ab [...]

    5. As my major in college was social work, I have read a lot of these types of books and find the stories of courage to be of great value to all that read them. Having been raised in a warm loving family with all my needs met and very little wants denied, it is hard to read abuse victims' tales without shedding a tear or two. This book was not one of them. It is not the story; it was the way it was written that just didn't move me the way these types of books should. They should leave you with a fe [...]

    6. A tragic story of abuse in the churchThis is a very true and very scary look in to the lives of children left to be cared for by a Church and the unspeakable abuse these children suffered at the hand of the people who were suppose to protect them and nurture them. Forgotten by a too busy society and basically left to fend for themselves. Very riveting and very sad, but yet, all too true.

    7. The author spent an awful childhood at a Catholic orphanage. The book went back and forth between her childhood experience and the present day where she and others brought charges against the orphanage.

    8. Couldn't put it downI like that the story keeps you interested. You think this has to get better you read on and on

    9. Heartbreaking and difficult to readI commend Ms. Richardson for telling her story. What a terrible childhood she and these children endured at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them . Sadly, many children face daily some of the horrors she shares. It truly breaks my heart to know that any child experiences the feelings of fear, neglect, pain and abuse. As difficult of a subject as this is to approach, only by revealing the ugliness can it be brought to light and be stopped. I pray [...]

    10. Reviewing this book is not easy because it does not really attempt to create a narrative.It is a very guarded, though also very honest, collection of memories both from a horrific childhood and the later repercussions in adulthood.The writer, who is also the main protagonists, gives us snapshots from the legal proceedings against the Catholic orphanage where she, her sisters and many other young children suffered abuse. She gives stark descriptions of the affects, both physical and mental, that [...]

    11. This book paints a horrifying picture of what life was like for (at least one) orphans at the St. Thomas-St. Vincent Orphan Asylum in Kentucky. The abuse the author, her sisters, and other orphans faced was absolutely horrendous. Even on potential "forever family" visits, horrible abuse was also the norm. I still cannot fathom how anyone, especially those of the cloth, could treat another human being, let alone a child, the way the author was treated. The only real issue I have with this book is [...]

    12. HeartacheI don't know why I chose today to read this book, but I couldn't stop till I finished it. I know there are thousands who suffered abuse at the hands of clergy from all religions. It is still happening today, in many parts of the world. I grew up a Catholic, and remember many kind, and loving priests and nuns, but also some that weren't. The good outweighed the bad. I still remember, the priest who hit the boys and said they should go to hell, the one who propositioned me, nuns who made [...]

    13. Kim Richardson is an excellent story teller. She relates some of the horrific particulars of her childhood and she does it in such a way as to make the story bearable to read. I have read several books written by abused children and can’t wrap my mind around how someone can harbor so much hate for a child. I look at my grandchildren and see them in context of these stories and it breaks my heart. So I read another account in a vain attempt to comprehend the incomprehensible abuse and hatred in [...]

    14. Kim Michele Richardson’s words and experience unveils a sinister act of betrayal. Through Kim’s journey into adulthood, you can feel the struggles she faced and demons she fought. The Unbreakable Child is Kim’s account of her experience living behind the walls of a Catholic Orphanage in Kentucky. The only beauty in this memoir is the fact that she didn’t break—didn’t let her misfortunes carve out her future. But that’s the only beauty of the book. Learning about such deception thro [...]

    15. Kim Richardson's memoir of her harrowing experiences in a Catholic orphanage, as well as her work on behalf of her fellow victims, is chronicled in this book.Not always an easy read as Richardson recalls the physical and sexual abuse she endured at the hands of clergymen and nuns, this is nevertheless an important book. Since 1922, the Roman Catholic Church's policy has been to move those accused of child abuse and/or molestation to a different area (this is known as a pontifical secret, which m [...]

    16. I struggled with this book. Not because of the subject matter but because of the plausibility of the author. Some of her "memories" do not seem reliable. Dumped in a Catholic orphanage at the age of 3, along with her 2 sisters, the author has clear memories/recollections of her earliest childhood years. I have a difficult time believing that she accurately recalls what happens at the age of 3. The author jumps around from her deposition to the lawyers back to her childhood. The story does not fl [...]

    17. The life of a child.The life of an innocent child destroyed by people who should be trustworthy as care takers. The abuse suffered by Kim and the other children make me ashamed to call myself Catholic. The Vatican knew about the abuse and covered it up. I say shame on you, leaders of the Holy Catholic Church. Before you can lead people you have be trustworthy and show that you will solve the problems you have in your own house before dictating to others what they may do in theirs.This book deser [...]

    18. I'm a guy. I'm a lawyer. I have raised two sons but no daughters. Sois book is a bit out of my territory. As a lawyer familiar with these cases, the topic drew me to open it up. The writing made me keep reading. It's not slick. It jumps back and forth and sideways. The grammar is not always perfect. But all that fits. I could not imagine having gone through this and come out the other side and trying to talk or tell about it in some slick, smooth, easy-to-read or easy-to-listen-to way. The voice [...]

    19. Bad girls go to hell.This book was written in two perspectives, child Kim growing up in the orphanage, and adult Kim suing the church. I applaud the author for all she has done for other victims and for having the courage to tell her story. That being said, I could have done with much less of the description of the legal battle but understand it's importance to the author. I also would have preferred to have to stories separated, just to be able to keep up with the timeline a little bit better. [...]

    20. This was a somewhat hard book to read due to the nature of the topic. It was a bit disjointed, but I believe that is because of the topic. It is disturbing to think that this orphanage got away with severely abusing these children for years unchecked. At the same time, I think the social worker failed them just as much as the nuns and priests did. There is no way that the social worker didn't have an inkling as to what was going on. Why did the caretaker and his wife not report that the kids wer [...]

    21. A story about forgiving the unforgivable is a riveting journey inside the secretive underbelly of the St. Thomas/Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in rural Kentucky. It is an unbelievable confrontation of the institutionalized physical and emotional abuse suffered by countless orphans at the hands of Catholic clergy over these last decades. It also documents the historic United States lawsuit and first-ever settlement paid by Roman Catholic nuns in the United States as recompense for decades of brutal [...]

    22. What sort of a settlement could possibly compensate for abuse at the hands of the nuns, a lost childhood? This book describes what Kim Richardson went through at St. Thomas Orphanage in Kentucky during the 1960's. The fact that Kim survives the horror stories that she tells is a miracle. Many in the same position were unable to lead a normal life after the years they spent so troubled, their self esteem smashed. As I finished the book two things continue to puzzle me. 1) Though times were much d [...]

    23. True shocking, children's abuse in a Kentucky Catholic orphanage.This true story is very touching. Sad it had too be told. 3 sister's are in a Catholic orphanage, all though their mother is still alive. She is addicted took drugs. Daily physical, mental and sexual abuse occurs to the author and her roommates. Finally as a married adult the youngest seeks legal help as her memories progress. It exposes a huge cover up in the church system. I would of liked to know more about the mother who came b [...]

    24. I read this book in one sitting, as I couldn't put it down.It simultaneously made my blood boil at the Catholic Church, and broke my heart for Michele, her sisters, and all the other vulnerable children.Michele writes with clarity, but not too graphically. I appreciated that, as the subject matter is gruesome.This book is in the arena of "Oranges & Sunshine" and "The Orphan Train."May all the survivors of Catholic Church abusers gain strength from Michele's book, knowing the truth is finally [...]

    25. CatholisismThis book should be read by any Catholic clergy and or practicing Catholics. I come from a very large Catholic family and went my whole life to Catholic schools. Although not orphaned, I feel I am a Catholic school survivor due to harsh punishments and abuse the nuns dished out on a daily basis. My heart just broke for these orphaned children and the abuse they suffered all day every day. I am so happy the author was able to get past and have a happy forever family.

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