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Author overcomes childhood abuse to tell story in print and on screen

John Borgstedt overcame his demons to tell his story in his book and movie adaptation of I Love you Mom.

Not satisfied by simply selling a certain number of books, John Borgstedt says he wants to accomplish more, always more.

“Every day I wake up, I want to know that I have done everything possible to reach more people,” he says.

In 2009, Borgstedt self published his book through AuthorHouse.

“I decided to self publish so that I could keep more money in my pocket and to maintain my rights 100 percent,” he says.

I Love you Mom – Please Don’t Break My Heart is a factual account of the physical and mental abuse Borgstedt endured at the hands of his mother, and the struggles he faced as young man to heal from these wounds.

“What inspired me to tell my story through a book was because I knew it would change lives,” Borgstedt says. “It would let a lot of people know that no matter what you have been through, you can do anything you set your mind to.”

I Love You Mom Movie Set
On the set of the film adaptation of Borgstedt's memoir. The movie, produced by HeartStone Pictures, is now available on DVD.

I Love you Mom has been featured on numerous radio and television programs as well as newspapers and magazines. And Borgstedt speaks at events throughout the country as an advocate for victims of child abuse.

“One day, I was sitting in my office and realized I have accomplished so much that I wanted the next level of success,” he says. “I decided to pick up the phone and started calling producers, and the rest is history.”

Although he faced rejections, one producer – Sondra Martin Hicks of HeartStone Pictures – finally said yes. HeartStone Pictures creates family-friendly features and distributes them through churches, ministries, universities and more.

Borgstedt worked with the HeartStone team, providing guidance when it came time to re-enact scenes that he had actually lived through. The process, he says, was “tough, but amazing.”

As he says in the trailer for the movie, Borgstedt is “determined to reach back and save as many kids as possible from enduring the inhumane treatment that he did for nearly 18 years.” Through his movie, he has a platform for raising awareness and giving back. But it all started with publishing a book.

“If you have a book and are afraid to publish it because of the amount of books that are in print, then you’ll never know,” Borgstedt says. “You have to take that first leap of faith!”