A Walking Peace is the incredible "life's journey" narrative of a young man, literally abused and discarded as a child.
A Walking Peace
Nathan Clarence Landers has a story to tell, and he's telling it copy by copy. The 25-year-old student is the author of "A Walking Peace," a self-published autobiography of a short and often terrifying life in Boston: put up for adoption at age 2, physically and sexually abused by his adoptive family, abandoned during his senior year in high school, homeless until a friend led him to Massasoit Community College in Brockton and a new beginning. "I knew if I didn't go to school, I was going to die," recalls Landers.
Writing his tale brought Landers an unexpected benefit. Searching for a way to end his story, he decided to look for his birth mother, who he'd been told was dead. He combed adoption, probate, and even police records. After five months, he found himself having a tearful telephone conversation with a woman in Woonsocket, R.I.
During the middle of June I found myself sleeping outside on the Boston Common. The word "shame" would not leave my mind and so I sat and had a drink with a fellow homeless person on a bench in the park.
I felt isolated and trapped in a cycle of being emotionally hurt, physically and sexually abused.
I will not be defeated by my circumstances. I will not let the enemies of betrayal, abuse, and homelessness conquer my ability.