"God Must Be Sleeping", by Gregg Tyler Milligan, is the story of a boy, overcoming vile, atrocities that no child should ever endure. When reading this book, I could picture Gregg, his siblings, his mother, the home...all of it. Gregg really takes the reader to the place where he was, and you're able to see, smell, feel and hear everything. From the multiple beatings, to the multiple rapes, the hunger in the children's bellies, to the desperation for pure survival. It truly humbles me, to know that anyone endured these atrocities. But to know that Gregg and his sister, Lynn, not only endured them, but they are the most loving, caring, giving, gracious people, is truly a miracle of God.
I first heard Gregg's story of the Oprah show, in late 2010, when I was searching for help for my children. My son had disclosed that he and my two baby girls, had been raped repeatedly by their father, for a number of years. In complete desperation, I wanted to help them heal, more than anything. So, I began looking online for help. I knew Oprah had raised a lot of awareness about child sexual abuse, so I looked on that website for information to help my children. As I looked at the various stories, I came across the link for Gregg's story and watched. As I watched, a number of things happened. I was horrified at the disgusting, cruel, vile things done to Gregg and his siblings. I was in tears throughout the hour, and was left hopeful at the end. Hopeful for Gregg and his beautiful family. Hopeful for the future of my three beautiful children.
Within a few days, I reached out to Gregg via email and, like an answered prayer, Gregg wrote a reply back to me. I have been in contact with Gregg since then. He has been a beacon of light on the shore, when no one else was there for me and my family. And believe me, the disclosure of child sexual abuse can be, and usually is, a very lonely place. Gregg has shown me, one can be strong enough, to walk away from dysfunction, even if it means walking away from people you are related to or once were close with. God has shown me, that in doing so, He will bring people into your life, who are healthy and true God-sends. For me and for my family, that is what Gregg Tyler Milligan is to us. He is and will forever be, our Angel in time of need. I wish him and his lovely family, the richest of God's blessings. There aren't enough thank you's, for the compassion and love Gregg and his family have shown to us. My children are on a healthy road to healing and recovery, because of the love Gregg had to give. Thank you so very much, my dear friend."
[Author's Note: LouAnn, you are a dear and sweet friend - Forever]