3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
It is not easy for a person to admit that they have an addiction. This hesitancy to admit they have a problem may be due to other people who judge them for letting their addiction get this far but do not offer a helping hand. The unnamed author of To And From Crack To Christ, Anonymous Sinner, says that there is a better person to go to who is not of earthly origin and does not look at a person's past mistakes. Readers are taken on a journey through the author's life where they learn about how his brother's death, his father's treatment of him and his family, his time in the army, and his relationship with his daughter affected his life as an addict.
The title is what pulled me in first. I was expecting this to be an autobiography about the life of an addict, which is what I got. I like how the author is honest about everything he went through in his life and tells readers what his thoughts were whenever he chose to feed his addictions. An example of this is how he treated women selfishly when it came to sexual relationships. He did not give details about the act itself but focused on what was going through his mind when he wanted to partake in it. However, if a reader has been taken advantage of sexually, they should exercise caution while reading this book. He also included how his alcohol and crack addictions negatively affected his decision-making process when he had to take care of his family. A reader can easily see the thought process of the author when he had to decide whether or not to provide necessities for his daughter and her brother or to buy more crack cocaine.
Another aspect that I truly appreciated was the author's explanation of how he started changing his thought process about addiction while he was in treatment and after he completed treatment. Because of his explanation, I learned about the 12-step program and its use for addicts in treatment. The author does not believe the current 12-step program works for changing an addict's mindset for recovery, explains why, and provides an alternative 12-step program that has a more positive outlook with Jesus and the Bible as the focus.
There was nothing that I disliked about the book. It is presented honestly and straightforwardly and is highly engaging. Sometimes, I have a habit of judging addicts for their choices. However, after reading this book, I have been humbled and encouraged to think about how addiction can affect a person’s life and those around them. Readers who are struggling with an addiction, are in treatment for an addiction, or are recovering from an addiction will likely enjoy reading this book because it may relate to them well.
Alas, I cannot give To And From Crack To Christ a perfect score because I counted over ten grammatical errors. This reason is why I have to rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. Even still, it is an excellent resource that readers should not gloss over. There is also a website that the author provides readers to tell others their stories about addiction anonymously or not. If a reader does not believe in Jesus Christ or the Bible, they should avoid this book because there is a consistent Christian-based approach to recovery from addiction.
To And From Crack To Christ
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon