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Mark Urso clearly describes the perils of addiction with quick wit and deep respect. He grabs it with his pen as if to shake it until its teeth rattle.
The reason I gave this book 5 stars is, the author doesn't mince words. He hits nails on the head on every page, including the subjects of mania and depression in his look at the "Growing Pack of Gum."
The bottom line of the message in this book, (in my opinion) is, finding the similarities in the stories of other addicts is more important than finding the differences. A brotherhood of truth in a simple program for complicated people is the answer. Finding this answer in A Candle Lit can save lives. 
- Joanna Mazzotta, author of "Why Whisper?: A Memoir"

From the Author

My life has led me here.
After 20 years of dutifully helping others, always amidst the borderliners, watching, listening and participating, I arrived at a place where I no longer knew how to help.  But during a process involving many people and a mix of successes and failures, I took notes.
I'm a newswriter by trade and at heart. This turned out to be the hardest story to ever write.  When, one recent day, I laid out five years' worth of "notes" across my bed, a little afraid I was opening a can of worms, the notes fit themselves into chapters, and the chapters fell into place as if almost by themselves. The book is not shy and the conclusions are not easy to find, but even though the notes had been taken years apart from each other, the message coming back to me was rock solid consistent.
I needed to finish the book, and share it.
Thank you for helping. Your reading it is just as important as my writing it, actually probably more important.
This book has some things to say that come from experiences not only sometimes miserable, but also very rare. It's from an AA who can distill a maze of physical, psychological and spiritual ideas after a long career, who's put down his sword and unsheathed his pen. 
Read with vigor, and share with hope!

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  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: ReXark Archival Recordings; 2ELECTR2 edition (July 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012EORK3O
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Mark Urso is a journalist, audio recording specialist and musician from Westerly, Rhode Island, who studied at Portsmouth Abbey School and Boston College while perfecting the art of Frisbee tossing on the beaches.
For 22 years he operated radio stations, writing and presenting local news on-air, and scouting talent as an FM Program Director. He has won awards in Sales for his B2B work in Internet services, and continues to teach others the virtues of "anti-selling," explaining he understood it all when he stopped trying to sell.
Mark lives on the river with his daughter Sara and a variety of domesticated creatures, among them a Jack Russel named Ollie, aka "El Capitan," who enjoys kayaking and world domination, and a Pit Bull named Ziggy, who has dedicated his life to catching Frisbees and teaching humans unconditional love.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from BC. He learned to write through trial and trial again courtesy of monks at the Abbey, and during his career as a journalist.
Mark's latest book, "A Candle Lit, Deconstructing Alcoholism" (ASIN:B012EORK3O) consolidates his experiences and writing skills to break new ground in mental health study. The book is a long-overdue combination of insight and stubbornness, intended to reveal weaknesses in the alcoholism cycle, to benefit both sufferers and caregivers.
Mark's newswriting career spanned 22 years with several New England radio stations. He has published reviews for SoundWaves magazine for Dave Van Ronk and Keb 'Mo, and produced a DVD "PA Systems for Small Groups" (ASIN: B003H1AI74), intended to help avoid all-too-common problems with the audio at podium events. His radio career was followed by a decade of field recording for regional self-help conventions, during which he compiled an impressive archive of fine-quality audio. Almost fifteen years later now, he's transcribing the audio to present it as paperback books, in a series, each package to represent an entire event, and then made into Audible audiobooks. This exciting new package of AA and Alanon recordings and related books/audiobooks will all be available on Amazon over the coming months.
Mark's first book, "Save Me From The Flood: A Personal Chronicle of Flooding in Rhode Island and Connecticut in March and April 2010" is also available on Amazon (ASIN: B0054EXD2Y).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wick Beavers Photographer on July 27, 2015
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Connects completely, very insightful, written staccato-like to make the author's points bang into your cranium.
I came away from my read, thinking, "this guy knows me and my people," inside and out.
We all can use this very well written and very poignant book to better understand, if not our own, our friends and family who are "addicts" in any sense on any drug.
Ought to be mandatory reading in school...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill K. on August 11, 2015
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Mark has written a smart and thoughtful book about his life's journey (so far).

Reading Mark's well written book you will discover that its OK to question what other people tell you about your condition. Its OK to struggle with your addictions. Its OK to be who you are. And its OK to thank God for all of your blessings. Mark has led, and continues to lead a life of joy and enthusiasm. A personal account that will make you laugh, cry, and be happy that you bought his book.

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Mazzotta on August 9, 2015
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A Candle Lit speaks to the circular spiral of the disease of alcoholism.
Mark Urso clearly describes the perils of addiction with quick wit and deep respect. He grabs it with his pen as if to shake it until its teeth rattle.
To be so honest about a disease that lies to victims on a daily basis, explains the power of it. Though most people do not realize it, it is more powerful then the sea that can destroy or sooth, and more powerful than the highest mountain that causes us to stand in awe. Urso respects that power.
Addiction is not kind, rather it is all encompassing and an addict may see eventually, that it is destroying his life, it takes some serious study to see that it destroys the lives of innocent non addicts that care about him as well.

The reason I gave this book 5 stars is, the author doesn’t mince words. He hits nails on the head on every page, including the subjects of mania and depression in his look at the “Growing Pack of Gum” This symptom of alcoholism is an often-overlooked reality.
This author talks to this disease and how it begs for “Recovering” continuously through an alcoholic’s life and the enormous power of it while he makes reference to alcohol being like Kryptonite is to Superman as he describes physical cravings. Superman did not crave Kryptonite. That’s how powerful alcoholism is.
While clearly explaining where alcohol can take lives, he does not ignore the plausible fact that it kills. Urso describes the layers of alcoholism beginning with denial, the insidiousness of the disease itself, and how an addict always “romances” the denial while knowing how fatal it can be. Again, that is how powerful it is!
I recommend this book to alcoholics and suffering enablers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Azande on August 18, 2015
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I took a look at this book as I help out with a local group of alcoholics. I found it very clearly written. It is unsentimental and looks at the issue full on, which makes a welcome change from a lot of the books targeted at alcoholism. I found it very interesting that the author recommends fixing the outside first, claiming the inside will follow. It struck me as an effective method, much more action-based than reading books on spirituality. As such, it would appeal to the people in my group, because it's a positive message with a clear call for action, rather than vague feel-good exhortations. It is also very thorough, defining alcoholism and going through everything from denial, cravings, lying, to forgiveness, power and much else.

As a non-alcoholic, I was also fascinated to find that I have traits of an addictive person - the way I go off on a tangent and find it hard to focus on one thing. Urso gives the example of someone losing a pen and I have often behaved in such a way ( "When the average person loses his pen, he looks for it for X amount of time, using Y amount of effort; while the person with the addictive personality may spend more time and effort looking for it..."). Something to watch out for! This made me feel that the book may also be useful for non-alcoholics.

It was definitely a good read and the energetic writing propels the reader forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford A Robinson on August 19, 2015
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Very helpful in understanding my alcoholic father and my own demons.
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