From Ralph (Rafe) Kennedy......his amazon review
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2020
This is a real book about real people, astonishingly honest and revealing. It is the story of a young man whose friends
help in his struggle to overcome a dysfunctional family and an abusive father. It's the story of a determined young man who
overcomes adversity and succeeds brilliantly as a husband and father of two sons. It's the story of a "flight plan"
for his life, and how he chose to avoid the victim mentality.
From Sonya Haynie
Your book helped me think back and made me appreciate my life more and the many things I have enjoyed. thank you!
When I got the book and started it yesterday I didn't put it down till I was finished!!!
Wonderful!!!! Wonderful!!!!It was so well written and spell binding! you can be proud of yourself.
It brought back so many memories, like it was Mrs Brookins at Bonham who told me I was good at Art. and gave me courage
to keep taking art every year. I tell my art ed students that as a teacher you may never know what you say to a student that
can change their life.
And then Kathy Bunch and Windsor Drive. I live only a few blocks from Windsor Dr.
Thank you for the memories. Odessa College was one of the best times in my life.
From Nancy Leach Bayless
Mike, be proud! It is good! It will (as you hoped) be an important gift to a victim who doesn't have people to support
them and needs to know the trials of others who have had similar problems. I liked best that it has an uplifting feel.
My wife read the first chapter and then said, " Mike sure had you figured out!"
FROM KEN AUNE
Sure hope I get an autograph out of this! Oooops! Just got notification that the book will be back ordered. They have
sold out but will be getting 500,000 more copies next week.
Richard Porter dropped this note on FaceBook.
Hi Larry (Larry Bradfield) I just finished Mike Moore's book. Amazing. I "knew" the family because they lived
across the street from one of my band members. Also I knew Butch always was driving these fancy cars. I never suspected the
kids had it so bad.
From: Shelton Williams, author
Mike,Really liked your stories, but I admit that some were tough to read. Congratulations.
From Duane Moreland
Mike, did read your book, and it brought back memories of my own from that era. Some good, some not so good. Thank God
for some wonderful people in our lives. Mine was my mother.
I think you did a great job sharing the good and bad. I'm happy for your success in a life well lived.
From: Helen Joyce Wheeler Bowers
Loved the Picture! Felt honored! Still have not gotten very far into book yet but hope to soon.
From Kathy Bunch Allen
Adversity was forced on Mike at a young age. Yet he always had the time and energy to be such a good friend to me. His
telling of these challenges and how he adapted are good reading, life affirming, and if you grew up with Mike in Odessa, a
walk down memory lane.
From: Bill Robbins
Finished the book. Please tell Jane I found a typo and now I deserve to be co-editor and need to share in any proceeds!
I agree with you that the most amazing hero in your book was Willie Beth Ray, Cameron's mother. What a wonderful woman and
mother she was! This was a fun book to read even though it had some tough scenes. Bill
From Novelist Joanne Easley
I finished your book. Well done. Here are my comments:
The Victim Mentality Defeated by Michael Lewis Moore is a deeply personal and honest assessment of how to turn one's life
around despite family dysfunction and setbacks in early adulthood. Once Mr. Moore had his epiphany that he was living life
as a victim, he overcame his past and created a fulfilling life with a family and a successful career. I highly recommend
this inspiring story.
(Joanne based her firs novel in Odessa: SWEET JANE)
There are a lot of life lessons in your book. One stands out for me, because I've seen it so often in our family's life
through the years. I don't know what your faith tells you, but I have no doubt that God places people and circumstances in
our path to help us through the times we can't manage alone. Coincidence can't explain the times we've been "rescued"
by chance encounters and people we didn't know who intervened on our behalf. I see so much of that in your story as well,
and I'm grateful along with you for all those people who were there to encourage and guide you, even when they didn't realize
what impact they would have.
From: Longtime best friend and the sister I chose:
Sarah Ashford Smallwood Watkins
Mike, I can not tell you how much I enjoyed your book. First of all, it was such a surprise, getting it. Thank you!!!
I didn't even know you were writing it! It was so good! Also I will even read it again. I am not well read,but it really
held my interest. I hated to put it down. I kept asking myself if it was because I knew the characters it was about or if
it was just so well written. Mike, thank you so very much. I feel very honored that you sent and signed a copy for me.. Like
I said before, I can't find the words to express my gratitude. I LOVE YOU, SARAH
FROM: Former Austin Business partner, Mike Murphy
From: Jency Robinson
I am so sorry to be slow about letting you know how much Jerry and I liked you very interesting well written book. We
found it to be a book that we didn't want to put down until finished. Thank you for writing the book.
As you know I was at Bonham at the same time you were and my dad was a policeman during those days.
Your book brought back lots of memories. I am so sorry you were having a hard time. We had no idea.
Thank you again! I might finish mine. I started one but that is all.
From: Mary Denker Hilliard
I received and have read your book - very much enjoyed having the entire narrative put together - some of which I had
read, but other which were new. Your insight into your circumstances is incredible. And the fact that you not only survived
but thrived is a great testament to your not embracing victimhood. I appreciate that you included me in your group of readers.
From: Jackie Brown Worthy
I got the book yesterday and I read the whole thing. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. The book
was powerful, emotional, educational and very interesting reading. you are an amazing writer and I hope you will continue
to keep up with this talent that you have. I have to admit I did shed a few tears while reading this book….
From Ray Hawkins:
Ordered your book --- got it Friday. Understand: I'm not a reader and can't remember the last total book I read, but
this was so interesting -- and I knew the setting and most of the characters -- so I read the whole thing in a few hours.
I congratulate you for taking on this project and for doing such a great job of telling the story. Everyone has to overcome
challenges and learn life's lessons as they grow up, but some have a lot more hurdles than others -- and you are one of those.
I expect you are like me in that you hope others will learn from what we now try to pass along to them -- life's lesson learned.
You overcame a LOT to become the successful person, businessman and pilot you always wanted to be --- and I admire you for
that. Thanks for sharing!!
From Linda Holloway:
Got your book and read it right away. Was like taking a trip down memory lane plus a lot of stuff that I guess I didn't
realize. I think you put on a very brave face as a teenager as I would never have realized what all you endured. Was a very
good read. You should have been a writer! I didn't remember what year Blackie died but do remember one time Lea and I went
to see him when he lived some where around Fort Worth in a trailer if I remember right. We took him some sheets and towels
and just everyday stuff that he didn't have. Had forgotten about that but remembered it when I saw that part about when he