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The Burning Point: A Memoir of Addiction, Destruction, Love, Parenting, Survival, and Hope Paperback – May 12, 2017
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From the beloved author of Dandelion Mama, this long-awaited memoiris the story of how trust merges with betrayal, how love merges with loss,and how pain reveals itself as the catalyst for our most essential growth.
--Kathryn Lynard, author of The Year My Son and I Were Born
Tracy McKay's powerful memoir, The Burning Point is the kind of discoursethat I want to replace the heroic pioneer stories I grew up with. I want tounderstand the lived reality of modern Saints who have walked through thedarkness this world often offers.I want to be inspired by those who have foughtto find meaning as they've struggled to wend their way in tears of anguish,watching loved ones wrestle with the most destructive demons of our age.
--Steven Peck, author of The Scholar of Moab & A Short Stay in Hell
For every woman who makes the heartbreaking but utterly necessary choiceto leave, to start over, to make a new home, for her kids, for herself; for everywoman who will wake up alone this morning and do by herself the hard workof holding a family together; for every woman who puts one foot in front ofthe other, this book offers a safe space of wisdom, warmth, and understand-ing. Tracy McKay writes like the best friend you always dreamed of, theone who sits at your kitchen table and plainly, lovingly tells it like it is.. . . .I can't wait to give this book to the heroic women in my life who go it alone.
--Joanna Brooks, author of Book of Mormon Girl
A new standard-bearer of the modern Mormon memoir, this bookweaves together disparate social threads such as single motherhood,disability, drug addiction, education, and religion into a vulnerable anddeeply reflective tapestry of struggle, despair, and redemption that is notonly emotionally compelling but highly readable. Highly recommended.
--Jacob Baker, Instructor in Philosophy at Utah Valley University,PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Religion and Theologyat Claremont Graduate University
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At the same time, it's far from sterile. Her story is gripping, it's horrifying, it's exhilarating. And the prose is perfect. There's hardly a mischosen word, not a poorly-turned phrase in the whole book.
And it escapes any trap of settling scores or creating villains or victims. Everybody in the memoir is fully-formed, with the various (and sometimes conflicting) motivations, desires, and goals that real people have.
What I'm saying is, read this book. It will lift you, make you cry a little, and burrow its way into your heart and your mind.
I was left with a deep sense of wanting to have the heart and capacity for love that Tracy has, and feel blessed with glimpse into her life. She lives on a plane of gratitude that I deeply admire and hope to emulate. Wonderful writing; wonderful author.
Tracy describes such tender mercies extended by loving family, loving friends, loving church families that strengthened her & blessed her in so many ways.
What I learned from Tracy is modern miracles surround us every day. Miracles orchestrated by angels amongst us often overlooked and unappreciated, not left unnoticed by Tracy though. Her gratitude and ability to love unconditionally sets a perfectly clear example for each of us who wish to change our little corners of the world.