Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin

Tears of the Silenced

Bestselling author Misty Griffin tells the shocking story of her abusive childhood and why she left the Amish.Born into a broken home filled with violence, drugs and welfare fraud, four- year-old Misty and her little sister are already used to looking out for themselves when their new step-dad whisks them and their mom away to the gold mines of Northern Arizona. But instead of having a better life, a true and harrowing nightmare begins. The girls...

Details Tears of the Silenced

TitleTears of the Silenced
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Amish, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Tears of the Silenced

  • John
    I am not sure whether to consider this a novel based on several actual abuse cases, or if its an autobiographical account with lavishly embellished events created in the authors mind to demonize and project her past abuse onto the Amish with impunity because the Amish are not very likely to dispute her story. The public is not very likely to actually demand facts but far too many will read it and take it at face value with out questionI tend to l...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    Dammit. It did not save my review! That's so annoying. I'll have to write it all over again. I swear if I have to write one more thing over again I will turn into something.Anyway, this book is painful to read. It's like trying to watch Slumdog Millionaire which I could not even handle because the child abuse would not end. I was like if one more child gets beaten and molested in this book... It made me want to jump into the book and just shoot h...
  • Kymberli Ward
    I give up. If this author had an horrific childhood, she has my deepest sympathies. However, this book is not only dreadful, but completely unbelievable. "Let me count the ways ..."1. Her "family" was not Amish. That she would blame that community for her trauma(s) is ridiculous and unsupported by any kind of fact. I'm sure there are cases of child abuse in Amish communities; just as there are vile cases in every strata of society. How did she en...
  • Cathi Deal
    Horrifying!For years now we have romanticized the Amish as a group of people who have gone back to the basics in the most complete sense. That view almost precludes us from taking an in-depth look at what they are truly like, and some of the novels about Amish life hints at the dark side but fail to reveal what may be the actual truth. Over the last few years, differing views have been shown on television, and they caused me to choose Misty's boo...
  • Barbikat60
    I wanted to cry but I couldn't. This is a powerful book about child abuse and how abusers get away with their crimes. I'm glad the author escaped her misery but my heart aches for all of those who cannot escape their tormentors. A few Summers back, I attended a demonstration against a Satmar male therapist who molested a young girl under his professional care. Amish and Hasidic communities are insular and nobody talks about abuse. The government ...
  • Jes Caruss
    I wish I could give ZERO stars!What a crock of shite! For someone who "doesn't remember things well" because they fell head first into the mouth of a Dane at 4 and had suffered severe head injuries (don't even get me started on that flat out lie!) she sure remembers a lot, and in minute and graphic detail! And the claims of the FBI coming in and taking her from her mom and dad because they had a warrant for kidnapping, yet the parents weren't arr...
  • Liz Kauffman
    Tears of the SilencedI read your book, my heart goes out to you and your Sister.You are a true example of taking your tragedies and making them into stepping stones!I am so glad you wrote your book, the outsiders need to know being Amish is not all a bed of roses.I am so proud of you for taking a stand against the Bishop and the other Ministers, that Bishop and some of the others need to be thrown in jail and throw away the key!Have you heard fro...
  • Audrey
    Oh it was awful, awful, awful what Misty had to endure as a child and words cannot describe how it sickened and angered it made me. I could hardly put the book down as I waited impatiently to find how she ever got out of he ordeal. Instead it seemed to go from bad to worse. First she and her sister, along with a mentally handicapped aunt and a grandmother with dementia, were horribly abused by her mother and step-father. Then has teenagers the gi...
  • Mary
    Probably not fair to rate this book, but I stopped after reading only the very beginning. Something does not feel right in the telling. I am not at all discounting the author's experience - it is her own. That said, I acknowledge my own discomfort while reading it, and that, along with the unrelenting narrative of abuse has made me decide to put it down. I have read other books of survivors (I.e Glass Castle) that were much more readable, better ...
  • cimona
    Amazing and heartbreakingI started reading the free few chapters. Usually when I do I don't buy the book. This one I did. I shed tears in shock about what the author and her sister went through with her mom and step dad. It's just evil. But how she never lost hope or faith is inspiring. Then when she thought they were free by joining Amish community and turns out that she traded one horror for a different one. Misty is a fighter for what's right....
  • Phyllis Stinson
    HumWhether this is true or not, I personally have never read any such thing. I imagine rape happens every where but to believe the Amish would be that cruel to the victim and easy on the rapist is really over the top. I couldn't read it all. Just because they say it is true, doesn't make it so.
  • RRex
    Excellent book on what I already knew was going on in Amish communities across the country. I lived next door to one.Rape, incest, spousal, child, and animal abuse.My heart goes out to the author and all the girls and women just like her, and the boys as well.I should include the animals. I know for a fact the horses are starved and beaten into submission.
  • Catherine Watson
    I found this book absolutely fantastic, I couldn't put it down until I was finished! The events that unfolded were tragic, but unfortunately not surprising. It's always so horrible to hear good people suffering at the hands of evil, Amish community aside. No matter the religion, there will always be people there to try and abuse it for their own gain and to manipulate. I was elated when Misty left the church, and felt so proud of her for going to...
  • Toni Marie
    Truly amazing story! Everyone should read this story and learn from the author, Misty Griffin.This book is educational, moving, and mostly inspirational. This is a novel every person should be required to read before being a teacher, a police office, a government employee that works with people. This books will open your eyes to the cults of the world and make people realize that an individual's image is not what a person really is, but what the ...
  • Theresa Watson
    Great Eye OpenerMost of us would never know or believe that there is this kind of abuse going on with this religion....if you can call this a religion...frankly I call it pretty sick that people can call themselves deacons or bishops of a church and put on such a phony (sweet act) outside of their culture thinks this is all right.!!!!!!! I thank GOD that I have the ability to choose what religion I want to believe in.......And...the writer was a ...
  • Marilyn Kusniesz
    I want to rate this with 10 stars. This is a non fiction story that I will never forget. The story is very inspiring and Misty gave us all a lot to think about with Amish and the way they handle things. Her childhood was just a torture and when I read she was being sent away from this horror I was at first thrilled. Thinking that her life would be given another chance to live somewhat normal, but to only find that the bishops and ministers only v...
  • Katie
    Couldn't put it downWow, I won't see the Amish the same way ever again. Ever since I can remember I've been so intrigued by them, and love visiting the Amish settlements nearby. Misty's story is heartbreaking and shocking and a real eye opener for me. I consider myself intelligent and worldly, but how ignorant of me to assume all Amish are gentle and passive people! Religion can really get in the way of true justice for the guilty, and healing fo...
  • Linda Marie Marsh
    Inspiring and a definite 5 star read. To be honest, when i started this book i actually checked twice to make sure that it was non-fiction. And yes, it is. Misty Griffin is the kind of role model that is needed these days. A young girl who endured years of horrible torture at the hands of her mother and step-father.... only to be given away to a distant Amish community. At first seen as a refuge for her and her sister, her hopes are dashed when ...
  • albert elrod
    Child abuseAnyone who has ever been the victim of child abuse s hould read this story. It will keep you interested all the way thru. And without giving away the story I will say this overcame her abuse and became the victor in the end. Very interesting read that will open your eyes to the ways of the Amish that will not only surprise you but shock YOU as well. I know I've been taught all my life what amazing people they are but they are no differ...
  • Karen
    While I don't doubt what is written in this book is true, I also don't consider it typical of most of the Amish. Also, what happened with Brian and Misty's mother is most definitively not typical of the Amish as I would not consider them Amish, more like people pretending to be Amish and adopting some of their customs. Brian and his wife seem more like lazy, system beaters with sadistic personalities. I did find the book interesting and sad, but ...
  • julie
    This was unbelievable story. Made me sad,angry for any abuse especially to children. This is an old an always a prayer to God This is always a prayer to God to stop any harm to children. It is unbelievable a parent can be so bad an let another hurt your child like this. I have come to realise humans are evil. I am thankful that she was so brave and finally got a break. She is certainly an inspiration an I hope more come to realise this is so wron...
  • corina illuzzi
    This book is one of the best books I have read in years! What this poor woman had to go through is heart wrenching!To read first hand of how sick people can be and to hide in the name of religion! Misty, if you are reading this please rest assured that come their judgement day they will burn in HELL ! You are a very compassionate and brave individual. May God bless you and all the work you continue to do to help others!
  • Sheryl Castaing
    Amazing account What an inspiring read. From someone who ended up living in Jacksonville, Florida I can say that some of the accounts Misty wrote of I have lived through. However, I was not brought up Amish, I was very sheltered and her writing has honestly helped with some of the situations that have occurred in my own life. Thank you Misty for your courage and example, may your book go on to help others know they are not alone.
  • Elizabeth Heagy
    Amazing and eye openingI'm a survivor. Misty's book is the most inspirational book about surviving abuse. She gives raw details of her childhood and so I would say for this reason this book is not for the woozy. She also gives eye opening testimony about being forced to be Amish and living their way. She tells of the horrors that go on in the Amish Church. Good for her for getting out. Read this book. Don't let any more tears be quickly wiped awa...
  • sandra terrell
    ReviewI think Misty is a very brave young woman who lived through he'll and lived to tell about it. May God bless and keep you Misty and never forget that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. I will pray for you and Samantha too. A wonderful book, and a wonderful story, very well written.
  • erika bairefeild
    Great bookI love the way this book was written. It is such a tragic story that gives first hand insight of abuse but leaves you feeling hopeful and with the the knowledge that with hard work, faith, and determination you can accomplish whatever you want in life, no matter what odds seem to be against you.
  • Kim
    I investigated child abuse for years... mainly sexual abuse cases. This book reminded me too much of work. So many children hurt. So many cases swept under rugs of religion, social norms, status, poverty. This true story is hard to read but if you start at 25%the story is at a part where there's less descriptive sexual abuse.
  • Donna
    This was an excellent book. I hate to think that people can get away with what happened to Misty, but it is inspiring that she overcame such a terrible beginning and accomplished what she always wanted to do.
  • T L
    This book haunted me for days. When I put it down I found myself thinking about your plight all day. Finally I just had to sit down one weekend and finish it! Great memoir! The abuse in the mountains in complete isolation was horrific.