A Child Called "It"

A Child Called "It" - Dave Pelzer I read this book years ago and it still haunts me. I can't remember all of the specifics, but some scenes are still vividly burned into my memory and my heart aches whenever I think about it.
The fact that Dave has grown into a functional human being is a miracle and an inspiration to me personally, and his example has helped me grow as well.
I have a child myself now, and I can't even imagine what must have caused this woman to treat her child like she did. I'm sure there must have been a mental issue involved, but we'll never know for sure. The sad thing is that these days I see and hear about child abuse more and more, and it just breaks my heart. I wish there was something that could be done to prevent this completely, but as there isn't, this book is there to show that no matter what is done to you, you can overcome it.
If you're squeamish, I wouldn't recommend reading this book.