Best Friends and Bullies is based, in part, on the Authors personal struggles. She was born with a disorder known as Neurofibromatosis (NF) type 1. As an infant, she had a malformed hip socket, which required the wearing of a brace and corrective shoes. Then telltale signs of the bumps, known as neurofibromas began to manifest themselves early on as did the café-au-lait spots. She also had problems with her back that were eventually determined to be a curve in several places, which caused mobility problems.
Because of her physical issues and gullibility, bullying was a frequent occurrence for her in her childhood. In those days, they mistakenly called it “teasing,” and the advice given was often to ignore it. This advice for anyone, let alone a child, is tough to understand or grasp.
The Authors hope for this book is that children will read it and take its message to heart. Regardless of the challenges they have or what their understanding is of other children’s challenges, bullying, “teasing,” is very hurtful and painful.
(Dr.) Catherine Chatmon was born in Winston-Salem and is a lifelong resident of the city. She wrote her first story when she was seven and continued to develop her skill under the tutelage and encouragement of her parents and various teachers.
Upon graduation from high school she enrolled at what was then Piedmont Bible College and graduated with a BA in Bible/Christian Education. Desiring to serve the Lord as an educator for missionary children, she enrolled at UNC-G where she pursued a degree in Library Science with a view toward School librarianship, but God had other plans.
Several roadblocks particularly those related to her neurofibromatosis and its residual effects, redirected her to the field of higher education. Since 1984, she has had the joy of serving the Lord at Piedmont International University in both the Library and in the Moore School of Education. During this time, she has earned a second master’s in religious education and fulfilled her dream of earning a doctorate in Education from Regent University, With the publication of Best Friends and Bullies, another life-long dream has come to fruition.
Even though Cathie had to deal with the problem of being teased (bullied) by children in her school, and the teasing hurt, her parents had taught her a lesson that has followed her through life. God doesn’t make mistakes.
The NF journey is different for each person who is placed on the NF Road. Cathie’s NF journey is her own, and so are those journeys of fellow travelers. Her hope is to be an encouragement to parents and to children who, by no choice of their own, have undertaken that same journey. By the grace of God, her desire to share her journey with you and to be an encouragement through the written word.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great message for all ages!
January 10, 2020
Best Friends and Bullies is a unique book written for the 8 to 12-year-old age group. But I personally think anyone of any age will enjoy reading it. There is a message in it that anyone can relate to.
It tells about the struggles a person with disabilities must endure. The story is about a girl named Corrie who experiences a lot of hurt due to kids making fun of her because of her clumsiness. They don’t understand because she has a disability called NF.
The book takes Corrie through a journey finding a best friend and getting a chance to write a report for a science project where she is able to share with her classmates about NF. It is a story of sharing, caring, and finding peace with the life that God has given her.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great message! January 20, 2020
This book was an encouragement to both myself and to my twelve year old daughter!! Filled with accounts of fear, hardships and struggles being overcome with faith, victories and successes (resulting from the power of God working in and through ordinary individuals and circumstances), the story line is relatable to an audience of any age! A glimpse into the life of the main character, Corrie, along with the description her family and friends, will leave any reader reminded to show grace to others and to be a true friend – especially to those in our midst who may need one most. Readers will step away from the story wishing for a sequel!
Words from my daughter (shared with permission): “I thought it was a very good book … the end was especially inspiring. The story was a reminder of how God might be touching people’s hearts, maybe even our own, every day.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Quick Read
January 11, 2020
I loved this book! The heartfelt story follows Corrie as she makes new friends, deals with her fears, and learns to trust God. I enjoyed learning about Corrie’s rare disability (NF). The book is fairly short, so you could easily read it within a few days.