The Ardent Writer Press welcomes accomplished counselor and writer Leonard Adams with his uplifting self-help book
Things I Wish My Father Had Told Me
It was love, need, and gratitude that motivated me to write this book. Love of freedom from the past. The need to help others gain that freedom. Gratitude for everything I learned that helped me overcome incredible childhood adversity.
Because of extreme childhood abuse, I lived in a mire of pain, distrust, hatred, fear, self-loathing, bitterness, and severe callousness toward others, all while hiding behind walls of intelligence, facts, the need to always be right (even when I was wrong), sarcasm, conversation diversion, pride, hurt-them-before-they-hurt-you, and attempting to be an island unto myself.
Through the incredible benefits offered by becoming trained as a U.S. Army counselor to offer individual, marital, family, hospice, and substance abuse counseling, along with anger management classes, as well as working in mental health prison and on Death Row as a post-Army civilian, I was able to change my life. I worked the principles I learned on myself as I was offering them to thousands of others.
My father died when I was in my early 20s, but he was uncommunicative and unavailable even when he was alive. There are so many things I wish he could have taught me; things that would’ve helped me make wiser decisions. I imagined that there were others like me, who wish they had someone to help in areas of decision for their lives.
This book shares some of the rich lessons I’ve learned, some of the wisdom I have gleaned, which I pass on in hopes that they will help you as much as they have helped me.
Things I Wish My Father Had Told Me is a collection of sayings for a happier life and for dealing with life’s struggles from former U.S. Army counselor, Leonard Adams, whose childhood trauma from abusive parents was rejected and his own life was turned around. The motivational sayings are random snapshots of how to embody love in one’s life and relationships, resulting in an affirmation of the possibilities for any of us, no matter how terrible are the conditions we are currently experiencing.
Published by The Ardent Writer Press December 2019.
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by Leonard Adams