Like Father, Like Son by Mike Duarte

I dated my ex for about four years, and I got really comfortable with her. I began to follow in my dads footsteps. The beer and violence.

I seen my dad always abusing my mom every time he drank. I was always afraid of him, but I had to be brave to protect my mom and younger sister. So when I started to abuse alcohol, I started to do the same. I just have all this hatred, and anger all the time -even though I quit drinking alcohol seven years ago. Now I deal with anxiety and anger daily.

When my ex and I began dating, I would start the violence after any little argument. I started putting my hands on her, and it kept happening. She begged me to stop, and get help but I just didn’t listen. I went to prison for kicking her door in, and assaulting her. I put a knife to her neck. I really took this to another level. I have remorse for what I did to her. That’s why I’m sharing this. Believe me, it’s not easy to do this. I lost the love of my life, and my 3-year-old daughter. And now I’m sitting here thinking, “If I could have just done things different.” I love and miss her. I’m sorry for all the hurt and pain I caused her.

Peer Support

Mike is currently attending a Domestic Violence Group at Texas ReEntry Services. He submitted his story while attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program.  TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC partnered together to implement this program as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

The program offers men and women like Mike another chance to make a positive and encouraging difference in the world through their storytelling while allowing participants an opportunity to build self-worth, and learn a new trade.  After all, we all have a story to tell!  Just like youth attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™, Mike earn royalties when you support him. The royalties he earn helps him to pay for the counseling he’s getting to turn his life around. To end the cycle of abuse passed down to him by his father.

To support him in his efforts, simply download the eBook: ‘Hope Outside The Walls’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, he earns $3 and Texas ReEntry Services INC receives a donation. Your purchase ensures that participants like him can continue to access Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at no cost to them. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: miked1017 to get the e-book for only $8.99. You save $1.00!

About Hope Outside The Walls

Available March 31, 2017

Have you or someone you love, ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US presently incarcerates over 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion. This doesn’t include the ongoing costs to society as those that have been touched by the cycle of probation, incarceration and parole work to reintegrate into society, find employment and stay on track with meeting the mandates of probation and parole.

Hope Outside the Walls is a collection of short stories, and memoirs by writers impacted by addiction who are working to reenter society. This project is made possible through our Community Partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities. A portion of every book sold benefits Texas ReEntry Services.

BONUS! Includes a short story by Paul Kurko, author of the TGIM Best Seller: ‘Issues’!

Hope Outside the Walls


Soft Cover: $12.99
eBook: $9.99
Color: Black & White on White paper
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Page Count: 132 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1543193428
ISBN-10: 1543193420
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General

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Note from the Publisher

Sometimes it takes a trip to jail or even prison for a person to realize that their life has become unmanageable. By then, so much damage has been done.  As a felon, it’s hard to get a job or even a place to live.  Most commit more crimes to survive because their inability to  read and comprehend along with their criminal record makes it impossible to get and hold down a job.  The vicious cycle of doing life in prison on an installment plan (in and out of prison) begins.

These men and women need to know that their past does not define their future.  Writing for the Soul Workshop™ will offer them the same support and resources that our youth access.  Along with the Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention, and the Job Readiness Training that Texas ReEntry offers, they have added our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a viable component as well. Adding our program to their budget means we desperately need your support.

Want to donate to Texas ReEntry to help with expenses? Click here to make your donation directly to Texas ReEntry. Texas ReEntry Services INC, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Use the Contact Form below to submit your story for our next release.