Publication Date: November 21, 2022
During a span of four inquisitive years, Wendall, an overly curious teen, has his view of the world transformed by a colorful cast of small-town characters. Some are mentors; others are tormentors. However, each one thoroughly comprehends a specific facet of human nature: happiness, manipulation, and saying no, just to name a few.
But Wendall isn’t just a passive student. He gets his hands dirty when his father transplants the family to a rundown farm and soon finds himself up against a sadistic psychopath, a con man, and a close friend who has attempted suicide.
Wendall’s adventures add some fun and entertainment, which balance and reinforce the seriousness of the lessons being taught throughout the story.
Fourteen-year-old Wendall Nichols was brimming with dissatisfaction about his life in 1974. His insatiable curiosity leads him to seek out others over a four-year span in which he gathers valuable insight that will help him navigate the future.
Author Tim Jones uses Wendall’s adventures as a foundation for delivering valuable life lessons in Mentors and Tormentors. This approach takes content that normally might seem dry and packages it into relatable scenarios, often very humorous ones.
The book is divided into 16 chapters, but because of the conversational approach featuring Wendall’s search for answers, the material flows seamlessly. The author uses storytelling to ensure readers understand the clear connection between self-esteem and quality of life.
The author highlighted the positive interactions via mentors as well as vital teaching moments through tormentors. Regardless of the combination we encounter, the answers remain inside of us. Self-respect enables us to appreciate our uniqueness.
Mentors and Tormentors weaves valuable lessons applicable to everyone through the experiences of a teen boy on a mission to pay attention and ask questions.
Tim Jones is a board certified family physician currently practicing full-time ER medicine in rural Texas. He is happily married with four grown daughters and five grandsons. He and his wife also have a toy poodle, who has more followers than Tim on his Facebook account. He enjoys fine art acrylic painting, but it’s recently taken a back seat to his pursuit of writing.
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