Saturday, October 19, 2013

Praying for your addicted Love ones Book review, blog tour, and giveaway by Sharron K. Cosby

I read Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. The book was written by Sharron K. Cosby and published by Recovery. I received a paperback copy of the book. This post contains an Amazon Affiliate link.

About the book: (from media kit)

Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts. Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 tugs at the reader's heart in 90 days of candid devotions aimed at offering strength, hope, and encouragement to families in the throes of living with an addicted family member. Families get left behind in the recovery process, but their support is crucial. Realizing you are not alone in your family's struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-by-day challenges. Reflection prompts and spaces for journaling encourage the reader to pen their thoughts on the verses and devotions. Each day's entry ends with a prayer.

The Cosbys, a middle-class family, lived the nightmare of addiction with their son for 18 years. Their lives were turned inside out and upside down as his dependence on painkillers escalated. The descent into a living hell challenged their faith as the addiction claimed more and more control. Sharron's middle-of-the-night reading of Jeremiah 30 and 31 changed the course of their lives and restoration became a reality.

The overall message of Praying for Your Addicted Loved Oneconveys hope to families caught in the addiction cycle. The various stages of the disease: abuse, recovery, and relapse, take their toll. Hopelessness grabs a family's heart and wrings it out with each slip of clean or sober time. The verses in Jeremiah 30 and 31, the foundation of the book, offer the promise of restoration and redemption.

90 in 90 reflects the 12 Step model of an addict attending 90 meetings in 90 days. While your loved one attends meetings, you will read a daily devotional to lend spiritual support to your addict.

"Today I pray for other lost addicts to find the hope of recovery. I pray the families reading this book will continue to have hope that an addict---any addict---can stop using drugs and find a new way to live. If there is one thing I can say to family members it is, never quit fighting. There is always hope. With hope, I---a once hopeless dope addict---am now a dope-less hope addict." ~Josh Cosby

About the Author: (From media kit)

Sharron Cosby is married to Dan, a Certified Addiction Professional, and together they have three adult children and five grandchildren. She works for an international charity by day and writes by night. Her passion is to share God's message of hope, strength, and encouragement with families living in the shadow of addiction.

My Review:

I chose this book because my family has dealt with addiction. From drug addiction, pain pill addiction, sex addiction, and alcohol addiction. I personally have dealt with pain pill and sex addiction. I do have an addictive personality--from books to online games to phone apps. I can go overboard until I get bored and move on to something else. 

The book provides spiritual support to help someone going through addiction. The book is a 90 day devotional, based on a Christian perspective. The chapters are also short (3 pages long). Each chapter has a bible verse, story, prayer and reflection. The reflection poses a question and has space to respond to the question. One of the first reflections, which stood out was What is the difference between discipline and punishment?(p. 39). 

The book teaches people how to deal with the pain, redirect behavior, incorporating accountability, not giving up, and having a good spiritual foundation. Chapter 3, Release your fears, stood out first. The author said she handled fear by bottling it up. I hold it close like a security blanket. It's tattered and worn, but it's comfortable....I learned that fear will eat me alive if if unchecked. Most of what I feared never came to past. (p. 24).  This describes me very well. I hold on to things. I bottle things up. I don't want people knowing what's really going on. I don't want to let people in. I don't trust too many people. Sometimes I feel that if I let them in, then they will share my thoughts, issues, and secrets, with everyone else. How would people feel if I was more open and honest? I have things I have been through and thought of that no one still knows about because I don't know how they will react or think or do. 

Anyway, the book is a good, great read. Check out the social media link and the giveaway below. 

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Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts. Sharron Cosby's Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 provides ninety devotions of strength, hope, and encouragement to families coping with addiction. Realizing you’re not alone in your struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-to-day challenges.

Sharron is celebrating the release of her book with a Kindle Fire giveaway.

Enter today. One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Praying for Your Addicted Loved One by Sharron Cosby
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