Tom North is one of the eight North children, who together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family which was featured in the 1968 film, “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid.
The book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Tom’s mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Tom was six years old, the fourth child in the
North family. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with ten children, and she moved her family to his house in Carmel, California. The North children were adopted and their names were changed to Beardsley. But, it wasn’t one big happy family as the movie depicted. The stepfather’s violence and abuse created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for the North children. All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. When he finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing.
Years later, Tom miraculously led his family to counseling sessions where shocking truths were revealed. He then came full circle as he reclaimed his father’s name and was finally, True North.
Tom explains: “My mission is to reach out to people who feel isolated, or misunderstood in the world and help them
understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives where they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. Those experiences may have caused great pain. I want people to understand they are not alone and that most everyone feels the same way. The more they experience their own divinity and essential nature, the more they will actually relate to humanity and see the beauty in
the world, and not the pain.”
TOM NORTH IS A FEATURED GUEST ON RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND A KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND BOOK SIGNING EVENTS.
Sometimes entertaining and funny, sometimes serious, but always moving and inspiring, Tom North brings a fresh
approach to a very serious problem. Your audience will gain:
• a better understanding of their own behavior
patterns that have resulted from their trauma.
• a new feeling of hope.
• a realization that they are not alone and that many
people feel the same way.
• a new inspiration to discover their own divinity,
their true essential nature, and their connectedness
to humanity and all life.
• an understanding of how and why their
connection to humanity is a necessary key to
their happiness and fulfillment.