Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin

Tears of the Silenced

Surviving Severe Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Leaving the Amish Church. A gripping true story that takes you on the journey of a child abuse and sexual assault survivor turned activist. Photo Gallery in the back of the book. True story of child abuse. When Misty Griffin was six years old, her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch and subjected to almost complete isolatio...

Details Tears of the Silenced

TitleTears of the Silenced
Release DateSep 15th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Amish, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Biography

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • andrew y
    andrew's adventure in kindle unlimited-eligible titles, part 5:well, here it is. the top choice eligible for kindle unlimited, the obvious pinnacle of quality in the field.Trigger Warning: Expand the following field for my usual flippant tone.(view spoiler)[this might be the single worst book I have ever read. remember dave pelzer? remember saying "okay this is a little overwrought but he is helping people probably"? imagine that but now imagine ...
  • BAC
    A fabricated tabloid like story passing as a biography. Yes, child abuse does happen in Amish communities like it does in the world at large, trust me. HOWEVER using a sad aspect of humanity to sell books for your own gain not only takes away the attention and support for those who are abused but only make people less likely to believe those in Amish communities who come forward looking for help.From her claims to have a GED but yet failed the ma...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Andrea Ginn Scott
    Tragic, sure. Well written, nope. Plenty of odd phrasing and moments to indicate perhaps less than authentic. I finished it because I finish things.
  • Sue
    1, Not believable. Not worth wasting my time to review. Other negative reviews pretty much sum things up.2.Poorly edited -- typos all over the place
  • J.P. Willson
    This was an extremely difficult book to read. Not simply because of the content which in places was brutal but also because of the repetitiveness of the abuse. I do understand that this kind of abuse should not be tolerated under any circumstances but once having established the brutality of such there was no need to repeat the same thing over and over just because it happened over the course of many years. The first 150 or so pages were the same...
  • Glen
    I read this book, mainly because I went through an abusive childhood and I was intrigued by the Amish angle. I wanted to know about the abuse she endured as well as how she got to a place where she could write about her experience.I am not Amish, nor do I know about the Amish in any great detail. I do have Mennonite co-workers and friends. My wife and I, with her brother and wife visited 'Amish' country in Ohio and in the hustle and bustle of my ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Maggie
    This is a self-published book, which became apparent after only a few chapters. I verified that and then read with great skepticism because with self-publication there is no fact checker. I don't totally disbelieve the verbal and physical abuse, but I don't fully believe it either. Memory is too fluid and easily changed by things which occurred before or after the event, but suddenly seem in one's memory of have happened on the same day. I'm not ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Kanika Gupta
    My first insight into the Amish culture but not the very first in sexual abuse.Misty- people like you are an inspiration to everyone and not just the ones who are abused. Experiences like yours help us appreciate the most common things in our life.Thank you for turning the lifetime of horrible abuse into something that can inspire the readers.
  • Kathy Koehn
    My reviewVery Good book. Sad and riveting. I was also once a member of a group who covers up abuse. :(
  • 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...
  • Jeannie
    This book I would title "The Other Side of Forgiveness" , as it tells the story of a strict Amish sect in Wisconsin who insists that men (even deacons or bishops) who sexually abuse children and adolescents, or unmarried girls, must confess their sin. This is usually iin general terms, such as "I committed a sin of the flesh"--then, because of their confession, the church, victim and all, are bound to forgive them. The victim gets no relief, as t...
  • Shaun
    It is very rare that I don't finish a book. I am generally a very patient and generous reader even if a book doesn't immediately grab me. But this book disappointed on several fronts.One, I purchased this book because a friend recently had the Amish build a produce stand for her farm. I've always been fascinated by this plainly-dressed community whose members seem happy to shun the world at large.Both the book title and the prologue indicates tha...
  • Maureen Shields Jacobs
    Gripping & Absolutely Eye OpeningWhile I realize that not all Amish sects are like this, being an insular community, things are rarely brought to light. Ms. Griffin made the correlation with cults. I find that the perfect comparison. I respect the right to religious freedom and outsiders should respect the traditions and customs of the Amish and not interfere. However, when crimes occur, there needs to be accountability and many agencies fear rep...
  • Patsy
    Secrets in the Amish lifestyle...to be punished for trying to stop a bad person was like being punched in the stomach after saying a person from drowning"Very descriptive true story of 2 sisters life being raised Amish lifestyle by mental ill mother and step dad. The oldest (the author) begins to rebel at age 14 for the isolation, daily whipping, abuse, brainwashing, starvation and hard labor they have done since small age. She threatens to repor...
  • Koren
    This book reminded me of A Child Called It. It is just page after page of intense abuse by this girl's mother and her boyfriend. They were not Amish but posed as Amish as a way to keep people from investigating them. Later her and her sister were sent to an Amish community when they became too big for the parents to beat. So there is a lot of Amish customs to learn from this book. I did not read the reviews for this book until I was done, which I...