The Book Review Directory (Rating–4 out of 5 stars): “At seven years old, Shawn Nemeth walks into the little, white church in his hometown all alone, desperately yearning for the love so lacking at home and finding it in a relationship with God. From a very young age, he’s known that he’s gay, which he’s been taught is a sin. This, combined with years of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his stepfather, family members, and other bullies as a child, leaves Shawn confused and insecure despite eventually becoming an ordained pastor and chosen to lead an international-traveling worship band. Well-written and courageously honest, Thorns of Chester Street is a good fit for anyone looking to read an inspiring story.”
Kirkus Reviews: “A debut memoir chronicles a man’s struggle with his sexual identity and the ghastly abuse he suffered as a child. The author’s remembrance is disarmingly forthright, a courageous confessional that is moving for its honesty alone. The dramatic culmination of the recollection is Nemeth’s forgiveness of his tormentors, a profound lesson in the transcendence of past pain. Furthermore, he furnishes an important meditation on the reconciliation of homosexuality and Christian life. An affecting tale of triumph over brutal debasement.”
Amazon Customer Review: “Amazing life-story about strength, resilience, courage, and most of all, faith. I could not put this book down. To encounter abuse and neglect at every turn as a young boy and as an adolescent, this talented autobiographer describes, with great humility, how he discovers his strength and makes amends with dark beginnings and inner turmoil about his faith and sexuality. I highly recommend this book!”
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON (Rating 5 Stars): https://www.amazon.com/author/shawnalexnemeth
Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Chester Street Foundation.
EQUIPPING YOU TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOUR SELF!
- People who say they are happy 33%
- People who say they are extremely stressed 22%
- People who say they are not engaged in their jobs 52%
A wellness coach:
- GENERATES awareness by asking you the right questions
- EXPLORES the underlying factors and challenges of your daily life
- PRESENTS a variety of strategies and options to move you forward
- PROVIDES you with accountability in supporting action
“WELLNESS is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”
– The National Wellness Institute
Chester Street Foundation
Our mission is to heal the hearts and minds of abused children through research, education, and recovery.
Our goal at the Chester Street Foundation (CSF) is to offer a full range of research, education, and recovery programs to help heal abused children. As a donor-supported organization (501c3 pending), we are seeking philanthropic support to help us develop and implement these critical programs.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE To find out more about how you can help, please visit our website: chesterstreetfoundation.org
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