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After being cast out of his home at an early age by an abusive father, James Mercer turned to a life of drugs, alcohol, and partying in an attempt to fill the emotional hole in his life. Yet, hitting rock bottom set him on the path of recovery and spiritual awakening. Join us tonight as James Mercer shares his new book Secrets & Shame: Dear Oprah Diaries and the remarkable experiences that brought love and a renewed faith in humanity to his life.
ABOUT SECRETS & SHAME
James remembers the day he began to plot to kill his father, Harry: It was the day before his seventh birthday, and he finally realized his mom was not going to leave him.Whenever Harry would beat his mom, James would think, “No, Dad! Stop beating Mom. Look over here at me. I’m the one you are angry with. I’m your sissy son, remember?”
Eventually, Harry would banish James from their Texas home, telling him he was going to pray he’d get AIDS and die. “Our family has been shamed and embarrassed enough by you,” he raved. “You’ll get what you deserve one day.”
James, desperate for the need to be loved and accepted for how God made him, turned to drugs, alcohol, and partying—and before long, he realized he was on the path to becoming an abusive alcoholic just like his father.
He shares how hitting rock bottom led to a Jewish spiritual awakening filled with love and an abiding faith in humanity in Secrets and Shame.
ABOUT JAMES MERCER
James W. Mercer, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and a degree in funeral service. He owns a foster care and adoption agency focusing on the hundreds of children throughout Texas who have suffered abuse. He lives in Austin with his partner and three daughters and finds joy in his Jewish faith and community.
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