Michael Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan, will discuss “Twice Adopted,” his best-selling autobiography, at Pepperdine University’s Payson Library on November 14. Reagan has said that his first adoption gave him a family name, but his true identity was discovered in his second adoption as a child of God. In this riveting memoir, Reagan chronicles his complicated childhood, including devastating experiences with sexual abuse at the hand of a camp counselor and the self-destructive behavior that resulted.
"I have written this book because I want God to use my past and the painful things I've experienced to bring help and healing to other people," says Reagan. Recent sexual abuse scandals have made Reagan’s insights tragically timely. Reagan notes that the book is directed toward “…parents and for children who have lived through some of the things that I have lived through and ultimately made it out the other side. Many do not make it out of the other side, and I want to give them hope. But I also try to get parents to understand that we all too often as parents think that children think like tiny little adults. They don’t. They think like tiny little children and we internalize things within our own mindset and this can do so much damage to us if indeed our parents leave us alone.”
“Twice Adopted” is an extraordinary story of redemption, told with honesty and insight.