Today's review from CFBA is Vicious Cycle. Mrs. Terri Blackstock takes us on a brisk "walk" through the lives of families who have children addicted to drugs. I can easily see how she has poured herself into Barbara. Barbara is a Christian mother, with a daughter that winds up with a drug addiction. Since I didn't get to read Intervention, you should know that Vicious Cycle still stands on it is own.
This book is going to reach so many! I feel that it should be read by almost all Christian teens. It has become so extremely easy in the last many years for our youth to access things that will ruin their lives. Vicious Cycle shows how addictions effect people long term, short term, and what it does to babies. Lance is 15, and he has no history of addictions. His sister however, is coming out of a one year recovery program. He has made friends with some of the other girls in the program. Jordan leaves the program, while still addicted to meth and other dugs, and she has her child at home. Realizing her mistake she wants to have the baby adopted, but her Mother and half-brother have other plans. They are going to sell the baby to get more drug money! The human trafficking aspect of this book hit me pretty hard. I know it happens, but it makes it very real, it brings it home.
This is real. This actually happens in places in our world right now. It happens in towns and places that you would never expect. One of the places I use to live had more drugs in the area than anywhere else I have ever been. It wasn't behind closed doors, it was live and in the open. The problem with these addictions is the all lead to the same end, death. I was exposed to drugs in school, but I didn't take any. I was way too scared to do that, and my heart was too busy breaking for my friends who were already hooked.
Vicious Cycle is a well written example of how generational curses will go down family lines until the are broken by God and by choice. Until that happens, the cycle just doesn't end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers’ online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope. Vicious Cycle, Book Two of the Intervention Series, releases February 22, 2011. She’s currently working on Book Three.
Other recent books include a stand-alone novel called Double Minds, as well as Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light (from her acclaimed Restoration Series). She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 Series and Cape Refuge Series. Terri makes her home in Mississippi, where she and her husband Ken are enjoying their empty nest after raising three children.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
ABOUT THE BOOK
His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan---the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies.
In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Vicious Cycle, go HERE.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310250676
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