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Mike Reagan: Out of the Depths, Redemption

Wednesday, 29 September 2004 12:00 AM

Spilling his guts, relating the shocking details of a life filled with unbearable pain however, is not, however, the reason Mike wrote this book.

For the first time Mike reveals his personal road to Damascus, how he used those lessons to come to terms with his past, and how his readers can use his experiences while coping with their own tragedies and problems.

Speaking to those who have suffered problems similar to Mike Reagan’s, Sean Hannity puts it this way: "Mike’s story will make you angry. It will bring tears to your eyes. It will challenge, inform, and motivate you. And one more thing … it will change your life."

In his book Michael asks "Have you ever felt angry toward God - a raging anger over something terrible that happened to you? Something that hurt you and violated you? Something for which you blamed God? Did you ever hate God? Did you believe that God hated you?

"That’s how I felt for more than thirty years of my life."

And he had what he believed were good reasons.

Born out of wedlock, he was adopted as a newborn baby by two Hollywood stars, Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan.

He was only three years old when his world began to come crashing down on him - he learned that he was adopted.

His parents soon divorced, leaving him to be raised by a single mother whose acting career made such demands on her time she could not adequately fill the role of full-time mother.

As a schoolchild, when his classmates discovered he was illegitimate they called him "bastard."

When he was seven, he read a verse from the Bible concerning illegitimacy and got the mistaken idea that as a result of his birth he was destined to go to hell.

"I wouldn’t open a Bible again until I was in my thirties," he recalled.

When he was in third grade, he endured a series of incidents that would haunt him to this very day. "I was sexually molested by an after-school day camp counselor," he wrote. In addition to molesting Mike, the counselor had him pose for child pornography photos and later threatened Mike that he would show those incriminating pictures to his mother if he ever told her about what the counselor had done to him.

For years afterward, the fear that those photos would surface and embarrass his parents was a ticking time bomb he could not put out of his mind.

"By the time I was eight years old, I hated myself, and I believed God hated me. As I grew from childhood to adolescence to adulthood I sabotaged every relationship I truly cared about because of the shame, fear, and self hatred that the molester instilled in me."

“Twice Adopted,” he says, "is the story of my redemption."

It is also his voice crying out in the wilderness of a world mired in the muck of materialism, secularism, immorality and nihilism.

Mike reaches down into his long-suppressed memories, some so painful reading about them it makes one wince, tells himself the truths they taught him once he faced up to them, and shows how readers can profit from understanding what they can teach all of us.

He explains that he wrote "Twice Adopted" because "I want God to use my past and painful things I’ve gone through to bring help and healing to other people. This is a book about love and redemption."

Mike Reagan pulls no punches.

Take his opinion on divorce where children are involved, for example.

He defines such divorces as being "where two adults take everything that matters to a child, smash it up, leave it in ruins on the floor, then walk out and leave the child to clean up the mess."

He doesn’t leave it there, but explains what parents involved in a marriage broken beyond repair can do to lessen the damage their divorce inflicts on the children. Reagan lists some of the major effects divorces have on children and recommends steps the parents must take to help their offspring get through the experience of having their world torn apart.

He rages about the prevalence of pornography infecting the Internet, advertising, films and even the half-time shows at the Super Bowl.

He warns against the danger constant exposure to pornography poses for kinds who can suffer life-long addiction to it. And he tells parents how to protect their children, and themselves from its effects.

Needless to say, he devotes much of his advice to parents about the dangers of child molestation, drawing on the years of shame and the rage that came out of his experience at the hands of a child molester.

"Twice Adopted" is rooted in the wisdom he has gained from the troubled life he has lived, and a prayer of thanksgiving to his God for not only seeing him through the many rough spots, but also for using him to do his work here on earth.

"As I have watched the deconstruction of America, I have sensed God’s gentle but insistent tug at my sleeve," he writes. "He has been quietly telling me ‘Michael, there’s a reason behind everything you’ve gone through. There’s a reason you were born to an unwed mother, given up for adoption, sent away to a boarding school, and molested and photographed by a sexual predator, a child pornographer. There is a reason you have gone through feelings of worthlessness, emptiness, shame, and rage. Michael, I can take the things that have hurt you, and I can use them to heal other people.’”

Mike Reagan’s personal odyssey is a worthy read because of who Michael Reagan is. But it’s also an important book for individuals and parents who have their own struggles and want to find out how they can find the light.

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