No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th child is the riveting debut book by Paul Lamar Hunter. Though many would consider Paul to be an unlikely candidate to become successful, this thrilling autobiographical account describes how he made it, despite overwhelming odds. As the 19th child of twenty-one, his troubled life traversed the perils of poverty, neglect, dysfunction, and even deaths. Paul describes what it was like growing up in the shadows of a famous yet detached mother whose affections were focused on the homeless shelter that she founded. Though the shelter was supposed to be a haven for the downtrodden, it was actually the breeding ground for dysfunction and despondency. Despite Paul’s misfortunes and failures, his determined spirit and his unshakeable faith lifted him above the fray to become the first in his family to graduate from college. Now moving full-speed ahead, Paul Lamar Hunter is living proof that neither limits nor lineage determine the quality of one’s life—but faith, fortitude, and determination do.
This book is a dark revelation about how traumatic growing up can be. Paul’s story reiterates the fact that those of us who have loving parents are truly blessed. As I read this book, I can relate to Paul's pain as my mother also placed herself first—ahead of myself and my siblings. I came to this realization as my wife demonstrated unselfish, self-sacrificing love towards our two children. I also recall that growing up as a child, one of the most painful things for me to witness was the wonderful relationship that my friends had with their mothers. Though I was happy for my friends, it still reminded me of what I was missing—a relationship with my mother. That was something I could have only wished for. How can one give something that they have never had, especially when that something is love? That’s why I am so grateful for my wife and children. Despite it all, Paul’s story will encourage anyone that he or she can make it despite all the odds. Certainly, it can be done. It should be done. It must be done.
A truly compelling and very interesting book. It holds your attention from beginning to end. A must read!
Attorney Thomas W. Durkin
The phrase, “reality is stranger than fiction,” certainly applies to this poignant story. However, the darkness does not overtake the light. Truly, an overcomer’s story. In the end, Paul Hunter prevails.