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As a precocious, enthusiastic boy of thirteen, Tommy had the whole world ahead of him...until a trusted association with his Boy Scout leader destroyed his innocence and shattered his self-perception. To make matters worse, the abuse Tommy endured took place within the sacred walls of the Mormon Church. While his tormentor went on to molest at least five other boys and was As a precocious, enthusiastic boy of thirteen, Tommy had the whole world ahead of him...until a trusted association with his Boy Scout leader destroyed his innocence and shattered his self-perception. To make matters worse, the abuse Tommy endured took place within the sacred walls of the Mormon Church. While his tormentor went on to molest at least five other boys and was ultimately convicted on these charges, Tommy's own abuse went unacknowledged, the denial of which forever altered his life's path. Succumbing to a lack of trust and self-worth, Tommy descends into a tumultuous life of drug and alcohol abuse, always seeking to mask the pain of his past. It is his relationship with the young, courageous single mother, Arlene Ryan, and her infant daughter that finally leads him into sobriety and brings him to a point in his life where he must question the failures of those he once trusted to protect him. Struggling to understand how reputable organizations can act in such reprehensible ways, Tommy is soon embroiled in a legal drama with the Mormon Church itself as he seeks the retribution and recognition of the Truth that had been suppressed for far too long. Throughout this journey, Tommy is gradually put back on the path for which his life was destined, with the ultimate purpose of serving victims and understanding the true meaning of justice, forgiveness, and Love.


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As a precocious, enthusiastic boy of thirteen, Tommy had the whole world ahead of him...until a trusted association with his Boy Scout leader destroyed his innocence and shattered his self-perception. To make matters worse, the abuse Tommy endured took place within the sacred walls of the Mormon Church. While his tormentor went on to molest at least five other boys and was As a precocious, enthusiastic boy of thirteen, Tommy had the whole world ahead of him...until a trusted association with his Boy Scout leader destroyed his innocence and shattered his self-perception. To make matters worse, the abuse Tommy endured took place within the sacred walls of the Mormon Church. While his tormentor went on to molest at least five other boys and was ultimately convicted on these charges, Tommy's own abuse went unacknowledged, the denial of which forever altered his life's path. Succumbing to a lack of trust and self-worth, Tommy descends into a tumultuous life of drug and alcohol abuse, always seeking to mask the pain of his past. It is his relationship with the young, courageous single mother, Arlene Ryan, and her infant daughter that finally leads him into sobriety and brings him to a point in his life where he must question the failures of those he once trusted to protect him. Struggling to understand how reputable organizations can act in such reprehensible ways, Tommy is soon embroiled in a legal drama with the Mormon Church itself as he seeks the retribution and recognition of the Truth that had been suppressed for far too long. Throughout this journey, Tommy is gradually put back on the path for which his life was destined, with the ultimate purpose of serving victims and understanding the true meaning of justice, forgiveness, and Love.

49 review for Scouts Dishonor: A Personal story of God, Abuse, Recovery and Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bobi Jensen

    This personal story is part of a cultural picture we all need to be aware of and understand. Abuse thrives in silence and I think the more people that tell their truth the better our society will evolve. It is a profoundly important book. It was sometimes painful, sometimes funny, but overall intimate like a conversation with a good friend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Touching and sad. What this man has had to overcome and come to terms with is horrific. I applaud the author and wish him all the best.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Relied on too much summary/synopsis and not enough scene. When scene was employed, seldom was I able to see what was being described. It would have been better to choose several specific incidents and zoom in on them as representative of a larger life, rather than try to cover a little bit of every incident. While the description of abuse as a child is haunting and palpable, it is not linked to the struggles of the author as an adult in a consistent fashion. The title seems to fit only 1/3 of th Relied on too much summary/synopsis and not enough scene. When scene was employed, seldom was I able to see what was being described. It would have been better to choose several specific incidents and zoom in on them as representative of a larger life, rather than try to cover a little bit of every incident. While the description of abuse as a child is haunting and palpable, it is not linked to the struggles of the author as an adult in a consistent fashion. The title seems to fit only 1/3 of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annette Bracken

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    Tim Gamble

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    Kristin Cooper

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    Thalarctos

    I think it's important that he wrote this and got the truth out there, but I found myself skimming it after a certain point. I usually don't read autobiographies so maybe they're just not my thing. I commend the author for his bravery in writing this. I think it's important that he wrote this and got the truth out there, but I found myself skimming it after a certain point. I usually don't read autobiographies so maybe they're just not my thing. I commend the author for his bravery in writing this.

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    Sherri

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    Robyn Spencer

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    Vanessa Sexton

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