Help to survive in recovery from addictions. This book has been the greatest challenge to my life…my spiritual life. When my wife and I read this in our morning devotion, it doesn’t seem real, I really didn’t write this, did I? What I’m saying is that I do not want to take any credit for this writing, not from trying to have a false humility, it is the guidance of the Holy Spirit. God brought so much inspiration to my thoughts as I wrote these 380+ pages. I may have been the vessel, but He was the Potter in this book.
THE FIGHT IS ON!Throughout the process of writing, editing, and now marketing, I have been literally challenged by the dark lord of this world. The spiritual fight has been nothing short of raging. But God has kept us and brought us through much adversity. I love to write and I always kept my thoughts and writing to myself. As I was corresponding with an inmate in the state pen, the topic of release and staying clean and sober was a major concern. I knew that God had kept me sober, and needed to relate how He had done so, in a way that was simple, yet serious, and could work for them or anyone else. Recovery meetings, reading AA’s Big Book, talking to my sponsor, and working the steps to sobriety were all important, but the one thing that made the real difference for me had been when I woke up, I knelt down and ask God to keep me sober, just for today. After a short but sincere prayer, I then read from the Word, normally Psalms and Proverbs, and journal my day. It had worked for me, and many others in recovery, so I knew it would work for them too, even in the institution.
THE PAGE. I sent the inmate an example of how to do this “morning program.” They showed the page to others inmates and they all wanted a copy. So I wrote 5 pages, one page for each day, and did this for 3 weeks. They wanted more. Before I knew it, I had over a hundred pages…so I kept going until I had enough for a whole year. The result was enough for a manuscript, and I thought I would self-publish the work, then somehow get to prisoners. God had other plans. I sent it to a publishing company, and shock and awe, they published the book. That is how it came together, God doing for me and others, what we cannot do for ourselves.