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Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate Paperback – January 27, 2021
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- Publisher : Marilyn L. Davis (January 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1735971529
- ISBN-13 : 978-1735971520
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are several additional stories here. Mother. Father. Family. Community. This book maintains focus on the author’s relationship to manipulation, addiction, self-assessment, games of delusion and sustaining the illusion, “things are ok.” Still, there are the loose ends of those lives, the question of how the author slid down this road, not another, and the question why and how Gray Hawk came to play the role he did.
The writing style is straightforward and relentless, with the simple force you see at an AA meeting: “Hi, I’m so-and-so and I’m an alcoholic.” It’s fascinating to see simultaneous incongruent thought tracks: the external reality, against the internal mental contortions to have everything seem normal. “You think you’re Machiavelli but you’re really Bozo the clown” she’s told at one point. This author does not imbue events with grandiose significance or deep meaning. Readers may wish to do that.
Each of the 105 short chapters has a point without breaking the flow – it’s autobiographical after all. Extracted into focus by time and perspective, the chapters sometimes include bittersweet zingers. At the end of the telling, the question remains ‘Was it a chance encounter?’
This memoir is written in manageable chunks, but is so moving and deep that one needs to stop and register their own connection to the work. At least this addict does.
to say I was blown away by this book is an understatement. It is a necessary read for so many people. I hope many more read it and are inspired.
We get a look into her childhood, adolescence, and follow her into adulthood. I love that she included the good with the bad. Because we are all miracles, in the beginning, we just don’t always follow the path laid out before us. Following her into the depths of her addiction we see first hand how addiction progresses, and what we tell ourselves so we can keep using, our denial, and our rationalizations.
Her story of recovery is one of the most beautiful I have read. Finding purpose is one thing, but her unique story is what I call “divine intervention”. Taking a chance on a stranger’s belief in her, Marilyn begins her journey “from addict to advocate”. Seriously, I was moved to tears. Turning purpose into her mission took faith and action. We give this book FIVE big Shining Stars.
If you love a good story there is nothing like a memoir, because it's true. This is not only a great story about one woman's journey through the perils of addiction and the dangerous lifestyle that generally accompanies it, but it's also filled with humor and wit that makes it a page-turner.
Finally, if you know someone that's in recovery, needs recovery, or just loves a great story, get this book.