Imagine growing up with an older brother who tortured you physically, sexually, psychologically and emotionally every day of your childhood and
told you that if you told anyone, he’d kill your adored father, the only person who truly loved you unconditionally? Said brother is now in prison
for life after committing an unspeakably horrific murder. His mother became an alcoholic shortly before his father died when the author was 12. Beaten
up while registering for a new school in 9th grade, Don English left school without telling his mother (his brother was already imprisoned for other
crimes, even as a teen) for four years and became a championship skater, but his coach also abused him.
They say abusers can spot always spot a victim and it’s true. Instead of turning to alcohol, drugs or spreading the cycle of abuse, Don went to cosmetology school and became one of the nation’s top hair specialists for problem hair and created a very successful salon with a closed waiting list. He went from living in tiny apartments to owning his first home, entering his interior design into a Better Homes & Gardens
contest, won that and earned a huge layout in the magazine. Then he bought
and flipped 7 more homes and he now lives in his custom-made dream house. He
went from being frightened at the mere thought of being gay to being out and
in a longtime, mutually supportive relationship. He is a Buddhist and
learned not only forgiveness, but enlightenment. Finally, he turned his own
educational deficit into a scholarship so that others would not struggle to
receive the education that eluded him when he was a teen and young adult.
Don English, author of Enlightenment of Evil: Murder, Abuse, Transcendence,
with only an 8th grade education, took writing classes and turned his
heartbreaking life story into a compelling, well-written, inspiring,
thought-provoking and unflinching look at how he survived, thrived and
transformed his life from victimhood to triumph, from evil to goodness with
no proselytizing! He’s a smart, positive and uniquely insightful man and
his memoir was just released.
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