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: ‘Stories of Hope’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, he earns $3 and Texas ReEntry Services INC receives a donation of $3.00. 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 Stories of Hope:

Stories of Hope is a compilation of  heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by youth participating in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Through a unique structure offering both engagement -and reward, this workshop brings education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. As noted in the forward by educator Sarah Lankford, these unique and amazing individuals have received a rare opportunity to share a story they needed to share … and develop a love of writing as a result.



6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
122 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1537368849
ISBN-10: 1537368842
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General

Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates from our workshops in Asia on Facebook at: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in North America.

$9.99 USD








About Hope Beyond The Walls

Available December 15, 2016

Have you or someone you love ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US “presently incarcerates 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 Beyond the Walls’ is a collection of short stories, and memoirs collected from 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.