I reluctantly agreed to offer a Forward to this autobiography. because I was concerned that the obscene language, the controversial subject matter and the details Steve offers would disgust and turn-off the reader.
Initially, that was my reaction as I read this sensitive and powerful confession. But instead of soaking in disgust, my perseverance was rewarded as I read the final chapters. He presents summaries of the views of today's experts in psychology and the legal system dealing with child abuse. He shows clearly that they do not have answers nevertheless attempt to provide solutions that are failing.
In contrast, in summarizing his life he points clearly to the cause of his deviant sexually behavior.
I applaud Steve for speaking truth to power this narration of his personal story. I feel certain that his autobiography will liberate and heal many others who endured similar backgrounds and struggles.
The need for his sound advice, his unique messages, and his heartfelt recommendations will benefit and be clear to any reader.
Roseann Valent Straube
Christmas Valley, Oregon
Steve Mizera would not have chosen the childhood he was forced to endure. Nobody would. News reports pop up all the time about figures in positions of leadership using their superiority and power to abuse trusting young children. Boy Scout leaders, Catholic Priests, and even more recently, Penn State coaches have all been stigmatized for their role in the suffering of children under their watch. Unfortunately for Steve, the institution he lived in as a young boy included the stereotypical pedophiliac activity making headlines today.
His journey starts in a very dark place, and brings the reader through his adolescence to his adulthood, including details of the horror he inflicted on victims of his own, eventually finding a new life in Christ, with a loving family that he had been robbed of as a boy. Along the way, the author describes his own theories and insights regarding the choices of those around him, as well as his own.
When the opportunity arose for me to help proofread and edit his initial writings, I found myself intrigued, hoping his words will help reach others and possibly assist them to seek help and/or enlightenment of their own. As it is often said, if this book helps stop one child from being abused, or steers one offender toward rehabilitation, then his goal will have been fulfilled.
Elizabeth McCrory, Citrus Heights, California
This book is dedicated to my extended family: Nick and Marina Klimov and their wonderful children: Yelena, Sergey, Slava and Valeriy. Each brought their special brand of love into my empty and wayward life.
Yelena, who with her warm and loving husband Stas, added the immense and intense pleasure by allowing me to observe Benjamin, Nelly and Timothy become the center of their family. It has been pure joy. My close association with both families is the vicarious fulfillment of my life.
This autobiography is also dedicated to those leaders and to my brothers and sisters of Grace Family Church, Carmichael California, who try daily to keep the second greatest commandment as inspired by God in the bible: to love one another. They have taught me about love.