Author:  Lacy Enderson
Title:  "Addiction:  A Personal Story"
Publisher:  Bennett Deane Publishing

It is not just the "unsaved" who become ensnared; all families are vulnerable.

The scourge of addiction has intruded into families one would least expect to be affected by drug and alcohol problems – and this includes some prominent Christian families and even some church leaders. As we have been keenly reminded in recent news, even those in high-profile, national positions in the evangelical community can fall prey to drug and sexual addiction.

Oftentimes, the best counseling one can receive is from those who have been in a similar situation, managed to get through it, and -- even though damaged by the experience – landed on their feet and reclaimed their lives.

"Addiction:  A Personal Story" (Bennett Deane Publishing, September 2006), commendably written by Lacy Enderson who lived the horror of addiction and eventually conquered it, gives us a full account of an extremely difficult and painful journey. But this book shows that no matter how tough matters are, one can overcome – as has been proven by the author who would have been labeled as a "worst-case scenario."

In "Addiction," Enderson details her fears, struggles, uncontrolled anger, destructive rage, doubts and humiliations, along with the enormous guilt feelings that come from the addiction that controlled her life.  Then there were the sometimes brutal body reactions (as it craves more and more) that demand surrender.

The author describes in lurid detail the degrading episodes that shamed her and caused so much pain, not only for herself but for her loved ones as well. Her struggle cost her two marriages when her drunken behavior drove her husbands to a breaking point and they walked out.

Since her recovery, however, she has been happily re-married for more than nine years. Her husband Richard is also a recovered addict, and they both have learned the principles of a good marriage.

Written as a daily devotional, each page leads off with a Scripture verse that was thoughtfully and carefully selected. Then there is an example about an episode in the author's life – the dumb things she did while under the influence, details of who she talked to, what encouraged her, how her cravings overtook her, or what she was thinking.

Each page also contains a "Thought to Meditate On." These thoughts, which are a wrap-up of each episode described, are very powerful and will sometimes jolt the reader.  That is followed by "Thoughts and Revelations," which gives readers a place to write down what they are thinking as they read the page.

Offering Hope to the Hopeless

Never has any devotional work gripped this reviewer like "Addiction:  A Personal Story." Each page gives bits and snippets of the author's life, which becomes more and more intriguing and compelling. You want to know what is coming next.

Indeed, I defy any reader to simply read the page for the day and put the book down until the next day. The reader will be drawn to read further and further as the story of Lacy Enderson unfolds.  She takes the reader on the whole journey, disturbing as it is, but one that does end in victory after her desperate determination overruled her demanding cravings, including those associated with her addiction to cigarettes.

Sometimes the author is so candid and honest about her life, sharing such personal revelations, that the reader might hesitate to read further for fear of intruding upon her privacy.  And there are times the reader will even feel a little uncomfortable.

Enderson wants her readers to know it all – how the alcoholic justifies drinking, the deceptions that become a part of the addict's life, how she learned to manipulate and control others, and of course, the excuses that she had down-pat. She is very frank about her failures, the disgraces she experienced, and how she fought her way back. In so doing, she offers hope to the hopeless.