Bold and inspiring, this insider's story recalls the life of a stolen child who grew up to be an angry, addicted young man, only to eventually undergo a life-changing transformation into a compassionate pastor. Beaten, deprived of his freedom, and used as child labor, Bill Simon's abnormal childhood led to two decades of self-abuse and crime, of which this volume recountsBold and inspiring, this insider's story recalls the life of a stolen child who grew up to be an angry, addicted young man, only to eventually undergo a life-changing transformation into a compassionate pastor. Beaten, deprived of his freedom, and used as child labor, Bill Simon's abnormal childhood led to two decades of self-abuse and crime, of which this volume recounts many painful memories: of his mother telling him that she didn't want him and that he was "the scum of the earth," and of being locked up in the notorious Kinchela Boys Home for eight years. With humanity and hope, however, the chronicle shows how Bill turned his poisoned life around and now helps members of the Stolen Generations discover their voice, find their place, and put their pain to rest. From his home on the Block in Sydney's Redfern--one of the most contentious and misunderstood places in Australia--Bill Simon tells the truth about life in one of Australia's most notoriously abusive juvenile institutions and offers important insight into the brutality of the government's policy of assimilation....
|Title||:||Back on the Block: Bill Simon's Story|
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Back on the Block: Bill Simon's Story Reviews
Out of the heartbreak of a boyhood spent in a ‘protectorate’ of Aboriginal children — Kinchela Boys Home — Bill Simon brings hope and healing through his outreach work in the notorious area known as Redfern’s ‘The Block’. A member of the Stolen Generations, he was taken from his mother one day while his father was away at work. His parents were accused of neglect simply because his father was not home. Confined in an institution where brutality, sexual abuse and extreme cruelty were routine, Bill Simon inevitably became angry and violent himself. He is frank and candid about his own shortcomings, his time behind bars, his Christian conversion and subsequent fall, his succumbing to temptation, the lack of forgiveness he felt towards his mother as a result of her reaction to his abduction by the authorities. A story of betrayal and redemption, this is an important work showing not only the effect of one generation to the next but also the power of God to change an entire community through the life of one man and his family.
Interesting look into Kinchela.