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Book Review: Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington

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In Twenty-Two Faces (Tate Publishing: Oklahoma) we follow the life of Jenny Hill while laughing at, crying for and becoming intimately acquainted with each of her twenty-two multiple personalities who grow up alongside her.

Even at age five Jenny had learned how turning to prayer subconsciously helped her utilize these alter states to compartmentalize abuse at the hands of a master mind-control expert from Nazi Germany. Blank periods resulting from the competing alters taking over her mind and body caused the confused child to lose minutes, hours, days even months of time while they experienced for her, the pain and memory of rapes, tortures and extreme stress of being forced to view a human sacrifice ceremony.

After Heavenly intervention saved the child from certain death, men in hooded robes no longer contacted Jenny, but were ever-present in her nightmares, while her father continued to pursue his salacious bedroom activities. Defiant Head Alter J.J. and her alter family were the lone ones to experience Father’s sexual encounters. Head Alter Angelic handled, then repressed, memory of Jenny’s ritual abuse. As a preteen Alter J.J. dressed Jenny in immodest attire, then directed her into an alley where she was gang-raped by a dozen older boys. A twenty-second, third head alter and final personality to form, Vannessa, handled that experience.

Throughout childhood and preteen years multiple personalities continued to repress Jenny’s trauma into the subconscious, allowing her to retain only pieces of the horrible events. A jealous, rejecting Mom paid little attention to the “Scatterbrain” eldest with whom her husband was obsessed.

Jenny’s faith in God carried her through her teens ruled by the uncaring mother and pedophile father. A life caught in a tangled web of her own acting-out multiple personality families created strange activities that earned her the title of school outcast. As Head Alter J.J. morphed into an adult, the alter turned Jenny into a prostitute addicted to smoking and drugs, while Head Alter Vannessa enjoyed success as a competent thief. Meanwhile the core personality completed army medic training, was crowned a beauty queen, graduated from college, prepared for a church mission, worked as a nurse and gave birth to sons, all done while Jenny was unaware of her multiple personalities and their takeovers.

Twenty-Two Face’s mix of drama, sometimes humor with a touch of light romance and spirituality made this fascinating biography a unique study into the workings of the human brain. The complicated writing describing the unique feelings of twenty-two separate people functioning in one mind made an interesting trek in and of itself. Jenny’s tenacity, endurance and continued reliance on a source much greater than her own was the foundation for her survival and ability to remain sane under the most unthinkable of circumstances.

Twenty-Two Faces is a journey into the ever-evolving human psyche from which can uncover not only long-term affects of child abuse so severe it results in multiplicity, but new insights into the mind’s thinking patterns.

Judy Byington is founder and leader of Trauma Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information through CEU accredited seminars and lectures on Dissociation and coordinating ritual abuse survivor group, therapeutic and legal resources.

The former mental health supervisor spent twenty years in research with Jenny Hill while interviewing hundreds of ritual abuse survivors, legal entities, therapists, families of missing children and religious, media and community leaders. She works as a consultant on Occult crime with the Utah Attorney General’s office.

With a compelling drive to educate the public on the unimaginable horrors faced by children born into families practicing ritual abuse, Byington continues to pen books about survivors like Jenny Hill who suffer repressed childhood memories of forced participation in rape, torture and murder. Her upcoming book Saints, Sinners and Satan provides a first person account of her own experiences with multiple personality survivors and Occult crime.

You can find out more about the book at http://twentytwofaces.com or at the bloghttp://www.22faces.com


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  • Gina rinehart

    I agree with the other comments and find the author ‘s actions inappropriate in profiting from a therapist patient relationship with no proceeds going to the patient!

  • Gina rinehart

    The whole premise of a nazi brain washer is ridiculous along with most of the events mentioned in this book! There is no basis for any of the claims of multiple personalities and I found this book a complete joke and a waste of time!
    After reading the book I happened to see the author, Judy on the dr Phil show which substantiated my thoughts on the book as complete fiction with no credible basis!

  • A reader

    there’s no such thing as ‘false memory syndrome’ – there is no criteria or medical diagnosis for it

    but sadly there is such a thing as ritual abuse – such as that in many recent convictions such as Colin Batley’s cult in Kidwelly Wales last year

    Jenny has bravely allowed her story to be told and we should listen carefully, and not try to keep the silence that child abusers like so much

  • Menique

    I just watched the Dr.Phil show, and its really disgusting how Jenny is getting taken advantage of by someone who is sapposed to be helping her. I feel badly for Jenny and her son. I hope Jenny can somehow open her eyes and see her son obviously wants what is best for her and hopefully she will get some real help.

  • Joseph Sixtle

    Byington would have us believe that a Jewish Nazi (think about that for a second) involved in CIA mind control experiments works in conjunction with a vast network of Satanists performing human sacrifices. This story is not backed up with any physical evidence.

    I would suggest a more critical reading of stories of this nature, and that they be done so with some knowledge of False Memory Syndrome. Being an author and psychologist does not preclude self deception or outright fraud.

    Byington’s only answer to her detractors has always been to accuse them of being Satan Worshipers and members of a vast conspiracy aimed at preventing her from “exposing” them. Is this an intellectually honest form of debate? She has no evidence that her patients’ claims are anything other than fantasy.