Thursday, February 21, 2013

Neglected But Undefeated - Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Growing up in Jamaica, Jonathan Burkett feels loved by his grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and, most of all, by his grandfather. Little did Johnny know that this little childhood bliss is to end soon when a visitor from America takes him to live with his family. In the land of the free, the young boy finds himself trapped in a world that's been turned upside down.

He finally meets his real mother, but instead of joy at seeing his son, from whom she's been separated when he was just a baby, she stares at him as if seeing someone else and cringes at the sight of him. Instead of showering him with love and kisses, as a loving mother should, she showers him with beatings and death threats. Instead of cooking meals for her son, she serves him a plateful of insults. Instead of tucking him to bed at night, she continually kicks him out of her house so he ends up sleeping in friends houses, at the park, or on the streets.One heartbreaking moment in the authors life was when, after several plots to get him arrested, he straightforwardly asks his mother if she loves him. She looks him in the eye and simply answers, No.

This autobiography will grip at your heart as the author pours out his very soul, flooding each page with painful echoes of the past that will not die down while kept bottled up. In time, he realizes that his own grief has been passed on to him by his mother, who experienced incredible anguish at the hands of his biological father.

About the Author:

Jonathan Anthony Burkett was born February 1, 1987. He is a bright outstanding writer inspired by many, as he continues to struggle in life. Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that's what his Grandparents want for him.

Jonathan Anthony Burkett life changed dramatically the year 2005 after he had survived a surgery that, he was told would better his life. Miraculously it did, along with his mind about life. A young man now, dedicated towards achieving goals in life, without his GED/High School Diploma, he had now looked at himself as in the world.

Having the urge now to get himself back into school to get either his GED/High School Diploma, Jonathan held back from it because his mind was to blocked up with all of the problems that he was having still in his life. After days of thinking about how he was going to handle all of his living problems, he had gotten the idea to just find a good job, and to save up until he was able to provide everything that he needed, so that he may feel uplifted and then ready to strive for success. However, mistakes were made and jobless he became once again. That’s when he remembered what he had told himself, what he wanted to do if he survived his surgery, and that was to share his life story with the world for many to see how merciful our father God is, to his children.

In the future Jonathan will be of course writing more books along with having goals on becoming a scriptwriter, songwriter, actor and more things that he loves to do as doors begin to open up for him.

Patiently Jonathan is still waiting, for if it was meant to be, victory will be in one of his open doors that he, will someday walk right through.

My Review:  

Most of the time, when you read a book like Neglected But Undefeated, it's written by someone who's older in age.  That's why I was surprised to learn that the author is only in his mid-twenties.  I'm surprised because, for such a young age, Jonathan has already experienced more in life than most of us ever will.  And his experiences aren't of the good kind.  

Jonathan, as a young child, lived in Jamaica with his grandparents.  He seemed rather happy there and writes of a deep love for them.  For a reason that's not clearly written, he is made to move to America and live with his mother and the person who he thinks is his father.  Jonathan's mother makes it very clear that she despises him and beats him relentlessly.  The relentless torture that he had to endure caused him seizures and caused him to have behaviors that aren't necessarily normal.   

This book, told firsthand, explains the brutality and feeling of being unwanted.  It also explains Jonathan's thought process and how being unwanted affected the rest of his social upbringing.  Jonathan's mother isn't the only one who cause him grief; he was taken advantage of by many people.  Reading the book, it's clear that Jonathan isn't completely innocent in some of his behaviors.  However, it's also clear that no person should have to endure what he went through.  

I was saddened for the boy who went through a childhood that no one should have to endure.  I was very angered by the fact that the abuse wasn't stopped when it should have been during the several opportunities that arose for it to stop, and I was gladdened by the fact that Jonathan is a survivor and credits the heavenly Father for getting him through the pain.  The book doesn't necessarily tell how Jonathan is doing now, other than to say he's doing better but still struggling.  It's my hope and prayer that Jonathan be blessed and that his book can be an inspiration to others who are in an abusive situation. 

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow at such a young age. Sounds like a great book.