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Betty Dravis reviews Every Child is Entitled to Innocence

Powerful, inspiring book! “…what others meant for harm, God has used for good…”

When I was asked by Dr. Niamh Clune to write a childhood story for this inspiring book, I wrote a happy memory about one of my brother’s birthdays when we were children back in Ohio. Other writers that I know from various Social Media sites were also presenting their stories. I know these on-line friends as well-adjusted, productive adults, so never dreamed any of them had severely abusive childhoods and that their right to innocence was stolen by their “disturbed” parents or other family members.

It broke my heart to read these stories. It was bittersweet reading:

“Bitter” reading because of the physical and mental pain so many endured. Oh, it’s shameful, the suffering and pain these innocents endured…at a time in their lives when children are meant to be honored, nurtured and loved, a time that is meant to teach them to be caring, loving adults.

“Sweet” reading because these writers thrived to became “whole” and productive over time… “Sweet” also because by sharing their stories in this book they are inspiring other people who have been or are still being abused. Another thing that’s really sweet about this book is that all proceeds go to Child Helpline International.

Of the twenty-eight stories in this book, a few writers had happy childhoods, like mine, and that helped break the tension. I’d like to thank these writers for boldly telling their stories to help others (in order as listed in author section of book): Janet Young Beasley, Pandora Poikilos, LauraLMercurio, Katie Cullen, Harry Leslie Smith, J. B. Johnstone, Vickie Adair, Yousha Matin, Niamh Clune, C.C. Cole, Karen S. Elliott, Reagan McGuire, Tammy Lang, Lily O’Brien, Melanie Saxton, Lorane Leavy, Bonnie Trachtenberg, Andrew Scott, Georgia Saunders, Dee Krull, Darlene Foster, DeAnn Townes DiAnne Ebejer, Doug Johnson, Shirani Rajapakse.

I was painfully moved by the sadder stories, like Niamh Clune’s and Tammy Lang’s, but all of them touched a tender spot, deep down inside. I treasure this book and am honored to be part of it.

I’d like to close with a quote from author Tammy Lang: “My abusive past may have been my beginning, but it won’t be my end and what others meant for harm, God has used for good…”

This if the first offering by Dr. Niamh Clune and her colleagues at Plum Tree Books and it’s a powerful start. The true-life stories are strategically placed and the reading easy. I highly recommend this book to children and adults, even though it made me tear up in places and smile in others.

With all proceeds going to Child Helpline International, how can “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence” miss?

Endnote: As I wrote this I just learned that “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence” has placed in #1 spot on Amazon Kindle “Dysfunctional Families.” Congratualations to Niamh Clune and all affiliated with Plum Tree Books. I am not surprised…



About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

6 comments on “Betty Dravis reviews Every Child is Entitled to Innocence

  1. Betty Dravis
    April 12, 2012

    I’m honored to have my review of this inspiring, humanitarian book featured on Plum Tree Books fantastic website. Thanks, Dr. Niamh Clune and colleagues, for liking my “words.” Not only is this an outstanding book, the idea behind it is phenomenal…AND THE PROCEEDS GO TO CHILD HELPLINE INTERNATIONAL, one of the worthiest causes in the world. Congrats on reaching No. One in sales… Wow!

    Thanks again – Betty ❤


  2. Betty, this is a beautiful review of a powerful and exquisite book. You captured the emotional highs and lows beautifully, and you are right in pointing out how important it is for everyone to be more aware of how many children suffer in this way.

    My own review on Amazon was much shorter but no less enthusiastic: http://amzn.to/HEqJw7.


    • ontheplumtree
      April 13, 2012

      Thank You, Elizabeth. I would love to post all these wonderful reviews. So I will!


    • Betty Dravis
      April 13, 2012

      Hahaha, Elizabeth. I have been known to go and-and-on when talking “books,” especially great ones like this. I’m glad you reviewed it too.

      Hugs – Betty


      • Betty Dravis
        April 13, 2012

        I meant go on-and-on… That’s what I get for being in such a hurry all the time… Grrrrrrrr… I would love to see more of EVERY CHILD IS ENTITLED TO INNOCENCE reivews on THE PLUM TREE, Niamh. Great idea. Thanks for everything.

        Hugs – Betty


      • ontheplumtree
        April 14, 2012

        Will do, Betty! I am promoting the new Plum Tree web-site right now as a prelude to the launch of youth tube, where we will be featuring children’s art, children’s artists, children’s stories, videos, songs, children’s writers, reviews etc…so a lot to organise, and I mean, a lot! Will post more reviews, and am really looking forward to that as they are all so wonderful.


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