Dear Anne Holm,
... They're the eyes of an old man, an
old man who has seen so much in life that he no longer cares to go on living ... " Your descriptions through the
characters reveal how David's eyes are strange. It made me want to know what
was wrong with them. Your words showed me how abuse can leave its mark on
children. David said he wanted to live, but his eyes told a different story. I
came to understand that even though he wanted to live, his soul had been so
damaged that he would never truly live.
reading I Am David my thoughts changed on the psychological impact of
child abuse. I have read other books about child abuse, however, until reading
your book never one about what happens to the children after they escape the
abuse. I had never thought about how a child's life could be so ruined.
Previously, I had thought
kids who escaped abuse would want to live not die.
You showed me this might
not be true. Why would David not want to live, enjoying
his free life? Then I realized that he had never lived before. He did not
know what it was like to not be beaten or to be thought of as a human
being. This realization changed my views. When
you had beauty be the reason David wanted to live, it
took me by surprise. Could beauty have that much impact? " ... now that he had come to this place of beauty, he no longer
wanted to die- he wanted to live ... "
read I see David strengthen spiritually. He finds
himself and he finds a God,
realizing he is a person
who has a right to live. When he finds a God it strengthens him because then he
knows there is someone who loves him. I connected with this awareness because I
had just been confirmed. I, too, am now closer to God and the church. Your book's character,
David, helped me to understand even more that God would always love me
and give me strength.
main thing in your book that made me really think about the psychological
impacts was the way he acted,
the way he treasured things
such as soap, clothes, and just being able to do what
he wanted. These are things I take for granted, making me appreciate the things
I have like clothing, a home, and a family. David did
not only yearn for things, but he yearned for love. Never feeling love, he
wanted it so badly. This was the saddest and most ruthless thing those men
could do to him. The men that beat him did not only do it physically, but
mentally, leaving a child who did not know how to smile or play, taking David's
I finished reading your book I knew I never wanted to cause a child as
much pain as David had experienced. While I
was reading your book I wanted to help and comfort David. Now I know I want to help children who have been beaten, showing
them there is love for them.
I also discovered that even
though the children will have been damaged forever, with guidance they still can change. I hope someday I can be one
of those people who will help an abused child heal. Without your book I would still be in the dark about child abuse
and its effects. It taught me an important truth of our world; it is so easy to spiritually hurt