I could not put this book down and finished it in one sitting. Angela poured out her heartache and soul in telling her story of growing up in a “family” who repeatedly traumatized and abused her. Yet, she had determination and strength to forge ahead and seek safe havens to survive her childhood and adolescence. Even when she married an abusive man, she had the fortitude to escape with her twin girls. She never lost focus and achieved her childhood goal of becoming a nurse thereby enabling her to create a stable life for her twins and herself. Anyone who has undergone emotional, mental, sexual or physical trauma during their life absolutely must read this book. The overriding theme throughout the book was Angela’s resiliency and hope that the next day would be better. Finally it was and today Angela is “writing her own story” of success and love.
Sin Child is the personal account of a strong-minded child who endured a daily struggle to find the smallest amount of acceptance and, many times, a place to fall asleep at night.
The innocence and nostalgia of a one-traffic-light town fades too fast for the cotton-top child with a neglectful, angry mother and an absent father.
Waking up, at the age of ten, in a house surrounded by fire and men in white robes, she was terrified of what was usually only feared by blacks and the LGBT community in rural Mississippi.
Angela came to accept loss, abuse, and organized crime as a natural part of her life. The AIDS epidemic and simple abandonment repeatedly robbed her of friends and loved ones.
On March 2, 2018, Oprah Winfrey appeared in a 60 Minutes segment, further introducing the concept of PTSD in those who suffered childhood traumas. She stated, “This story has had more impact on me than practically anything I’ve ever done.” Sin Child continues the national discussion about the role of childhood trauma in a person’s development.
A riveting memoir, Sin Child tells the story of childhood trauma and abandonment, alongside a narrative of grit and determination, and life-saving relationships.
About the Author
Angela Howard is a first time author of a memoir, Sin Child, and the founder of PTSD-ACED Foundation, Inc. Angela is a registered nurse and has worked in the medical field for the past 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certifications in Life Care Planning and Medical Case Management.
She is highly impacted by the adverse effects of PTSD secondary to ACEs. She herself has overcome extreme adverse childhood experiences with the highest ACE score of 10. Angela’s health has been adversely affected as she suffers from multiple autoimmune disorders. Angela’s desire is to bring increased awareness of ACEs by educating those in the medical and educational fields.