Bent . . . Not . . . Broken
A Story of Survival
About the Book
The author confronts the memory of his toxic family and horrific childhood in Bent … Not … Broken.
He thought his life would get better after entering foster care, but it wasn’t much better than where he had been living.
Mr. Gibson chain-smoked cigarettes, and Miss Agnes always smoked nasty cigars. Whenever he had to walk into the smoky room, he coughed profusely. Every two days, some kid delivered beer to them, which they drank morning to night.
While he’d eventually be introduced to a new mama and other family members and move to Mayville, Louisiana, life would continue to deal him pain.
But while he’d receive scars and wounds, the obstacles propelled him to new levels of courage—and in his memoir, he shares how an inner voice guided him—whether he was in the classroom, serving in Vietnam, battling an addiction to alcohol, or working as a civilian.
Join the author as he confronts the demons of his past and looks back at overcoming the odds to enjoy a happy family life and multiple successful careers.
About the Author
J. C. King grew up in the deep South and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Northeastern University. In 1974, he joined a police force and became a sergeant of detectives, retiring in 1991. He went on to become a licensed private investigator, certified clinical/forensic hypnotherapist with the national Guild of Hypnosis and a nondenominational minister with the Congregational Church of Practical Theology. After retiring again in 2002, he became a security officer for a local university before retiring yet again. He spends his winters in Bokeelia, Florida, boating, fishing, relaxing, and writing.