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Click here to read the review from  The Experience, the magazine of Warner Pacific College.

“Wisdom from the Streets” is a book that provides keys to peace of mind for adult children of dysfunctional homes, at-risk children and parents struggling to improve their relationships and communications with their children.

Family therapist Kedric Cecil’s book, “Wisdom from the Streets,” has been well received by both therapists and their patients.

Cecil promotes both his book and his mother’s book, “Journeys of the Heart,” by Venus E. Bardanouve, offering help for nearly everyone having difficulty building solid, healthy relationships. It speaks to, among others:

  • Adults who need help coming to grips with their dysfunctional childhoods;
  • At-risk teens unable to communicate with their parents or feel that anyone really listens to them;
  • Parents who often feel unable to relate to their children or allow their children the freedom to learn from their own mistakes;
  • Victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The holder of a doctorate of philosophy in psychology, Cecil uses his own dysfunctional childhood to convey his message of hope to each of his target audiences. He uses a point-counterpoint style of writing in which his runaway street child persona speaks in the odd chapters through Chapter 11 and his trying-to-be-a-responsible-adult-and-therapist persona speaks from the even chapters plus Chapter 13.

The concept is a natural progression from Cecil’s self-imposed exile to the streets of Seattle beginning as a frequent runaway at the age of 11 and solidifying into a 6-foot 3-inch 13-year-old playing at being an adult, clad in biker jacket, jeans, biker boots and sunglasses on Skid Row.

The dialog between the troubled boy and the uncertain man propels the reader through numerous lessons of life that apply to nearly everyone.

“I felt I had nothing to offer anyone, so I was extremely self-destructive,” Cecil told the Journal. “I have used that to help people the last 35 years, people who have similar kinds of issues.”

Cecil’s book is described as a page-turner by readers in Tokyo, New York and the open spaces of Montana, and it is. The self-published book is 150 pages long delivers its messages in a forthright and easy-to-understand way and ends with the promise of a sequel.

“Wisdom from the Streets” is available at, CDBaby, and ITunes. For a signed copy, people can visit 

Alan Sorenson, Reviewer
Blaine County Journal 

5.0 out of 5 stars An enticing read, September 5, 2011
By  Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wisdom From the Streets (Paperback)
A failure isn't a failure if knowledge is gained. "Wisdom from the Streets" is a memoir from Kedric H. Cecil as he pools the knowledge he has gained from living his life and as a therapist to compare the two and making some thoughtful blends on the two comparatively. With many humorous connections, "Wisdom from the Streets" is an enticing read that should be strongly considered.

5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Needs To Read This Book, July 18, 2010
By  John McCulloch "John McCulloch" (Bozeman, MT USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wisdom From the Streets (Paperback)
Dr. Cecil's book is one of the more helpful books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and read it through in one afternoon. "Wisdom From The Streets" will help parents raise their children, help anyone that has experienced abusive parents, or done things they are ashamed of, or help people who feel they are failures, etc. 

Dr Cecil's own life goes from experiencing rock bottom to starting over and achieving success, through the school of hard knocks. The book will encourage anyone who feels down, rejected, enslaved to addiction, feels like they are failures, etc. If you want a read that will lift your spirits and encourage you, no matter what you are going through, get this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., May 28, 2010
By  Love My Library "Book Collector" (Montana,USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wisdom From the Streets (Paperback)
This book offers a very candid story of the life of Dr. Cecil. 
It is rare for the patient to look inside and see the raw pictures of life that mold a great counselor/therapist. I would give this book to anyone in therapy.

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