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From Victim to Hero: The Untold Story of Steven Stayner [Kindle Edition]

Jim Laughter , Sharon Carr Griffin

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From Victim to Hero compellingly shares the selfless heroic nightmare of Steven Stayner; educating parents on issues they must know and be aware of. Steven’s story inspires and exemplifies the goodness and strength within the human spirit. The trauma experienced by the family is shared, giving insight of the impact on the marriage, children, and friends. Whether in abuse or abduction, From Victim to Hero portrays the grooming, lying and strategies used by predators to convince and coerce their victims into compliance. This book reiterates the three principles victims must realize – 1. Nobody has the right to hurt you. 2. It’s not your fault. 3. You don’t have the right to hurt others. Buy this book. Share it with your children. Keep them safe.

Ed Smart (father of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart)
President, Surviving Parents Coalition

In this book, From Victim to Hero, Jim Laughter expresses Steven’s heart and brings to light the extraordinary spirit of a young man that endangered himself because he believed rescuing Timmy White was the right thing to do.

Diane L Brown, Founder/Director
Safety Kids, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Buoy Up Press (Aug. 19 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408A6UC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how kidnappers operate Nov. 14 2011
By sportswriter - Published on
Jim Laughter provides an inside look at the despicable crime of kidnapping. He reveals the methods and techniques used to isolate the victim, usually a young child. I must admit that I often read a portion of a book and then give up on it because it is boring and is wasting my time, but not with this book. I found it to be entertaining and well-written.
Steven Stayner not only escapes, after seven long years, but he manages to free a younger child who is kidnapped by the same child molester. Stayner testifies against his abductor, then goes on to present programs at elementary schools in an effort to see that children and their parents are aware of dangerous situations. All parents should read this book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A noble purpose, but overly lacking May 23 2013
By Giwu - Published on

Disclaimer: I am making the basic assumption that people reading this review know the details of Stven Stayner's abduction and return after seven years.

I debated overnight on writing this review and finally decided to average the two main themes of my review. This book is a loving tribute from one friend to another. It is an admirable and worthy eulogy to a man who was taken from his family and friends (once by evil and once by God) too young. It serves a noble purpose and makes a sincere attempt to educate both parents and teens in preventing child abduction and child abuse. If that were the only criteria to base a review on, I would give it five stars.

Yet, it does a disservice to the reader. The author is very forthcoming in mentioning that this is a dramatization (also known as fictional) of actual events. It is the execution of the fiction that I find completely awful for the four reasons listed.

1) An adult reading this book will be able to discern truth from fiction and will be able to accept the creative license taken with thoughts, events and conversations. A teen reading this book may very well know what the words, "dramatization" and "fiction" mean, yet they may not have the ability to determine what is truth and what is invention.

2) There are unnessecary conversations, lines of dialogue and some events are just too descriptive. Example: At two separate times in the book, both Steven and Kay do not know the meaning of the word, 'Caucasian'. It was unnesseary the first time to have the segment of the police interview once, let alone twice. What purpose did it serve/

Example 2: I feel awful for saying this, but the 8th birthday of Ms. Carr was much too detailed.

3) The atrocious grammar and errors in spelling just can't be ignored. Example 1: "Ola, amigos" instead of "Hola, amigos." Example 2: 'Sacremento' instead of 'Sacramento' and Example 3: "Is Kay and Delbert home yet?' instead of "Are Kay and Delbert home yet?" Understandably the person uttering the line of dialogue may not be someone who uses the correct plural on a regular basis, but there is an obligation to the teen and tween reader to sometimes clean up errors. When I read errors like this I can't help but think there will be one child (or more) who will spell Sacramento wrong and be just as determined it is correctly spelled as Sacremento as another generation actually believes Jack Dawson sailed on the Titanic.

4) I felt the depiction of Cary Stayner was inappropriate. Cary was 19 years old when Steven returned and has admitted to the fact he was jealous of the attention Steven received. The lines written about 19 year old Cary smacked of the underlying anger society feels for him now and are sensationalistics. It panders to the lowest common denominator and just didn't belong in the book - even if those instances were factual.

Three final thoughts:

1) Ms. Carr and Mr. Laughter have written this book unselfishly. They didn't want fame or TV ratings. They wanted a book that did portray a Steven not as damaged as the Echols book or the miniseries. They obviously spent a lot of time interviewing people and put a lot of effort and heartfelt love into this book. For that, they should be applauded.
2) Since this is fiction and the audience to read it will be teens and tweens, I feel something very important is overlooked. Steven drank and smoke while underage. Steven used illegal drugs. Steven was promiscuous and had unprotected, consensual sex. As much as teenagers hate to be lectured to, it probably should have been addressed that these things are either illegal or have other consequences. I believe this could have been done without being overly "preachy."
3) This is imporatant for parents....if your child is sexually naive or you feel he/she does not have the concept defined of how an adult male will possibly seuxally abuse a young boy (and you are not prepared/ready to explain it to them), they are too young to read this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 20 2012
By Cheri L - Published on
This is a positive spin on a bad situation. I loved the way the story ended and that Steven did such good thing despite the fact that he was treated poorly by his abuser. He did not forget the love his family had for him and decided to save another regardless of what might happen to him. This was a tear jerker for me...loved it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read June 28 2012
By M. Chiappetta - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall, I enjoyed this read. The story of Steven is compelling, sad at times, inspiring in others. The author does a good job of blending source material and creativity to convey what it must have been like for Steven to grow up with the pedophile who kidnapped him. There are also a lot of resources in this book for helping kids stay safe, and dealing with the predators who would try to hurt them. For these reasons, I think the book is worth supporting.

For the most part, the book itself is well written, although there are some errors in grammar and other things that could have been fixed by a professional proofreader. It's not enough for me to give the book a bad review, but it does keep the book from getting five stars. If you can overlook grammar errors (and a lot of people can), then the book is worth reading.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be; not how it really was Oct. 27 2010
By CC from Texas - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book seemed to be a fictionalized account based on real facts made for preteens. Not what I expected at all. While Mike Echols' book 'I Know My First Name is Steven' was not perfectly written and others claimed it was too graphic, at least it was much more in tune to the way the scenario actually was.
Another thing I didn't like so much about this novel was that some of the characters were way too "sugary" plus some other characters never actually existed and some scenes never actually took place in the life of the real Steven Stayner.

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