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: #1,549,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Overcoming and Courage from Addiction is what you will read in this amazing book... Exceptionally written from page one to the last, the author shares just how easy it was for her to begin experimenting with drugs at a young age as she shares her life with readers. Her writing style and layout of her memoirs are impeccable, as it made me keep reading to learn what happens next!
Marilyn writes in a "teachable" and "relatable" way as she shares her early years of managing rock bands and such. We all know "The Candy" was always available back in the day. Her memoirs are filled with overcoming, loss, perseverance, and inspiration. Then, a chance meeting with a Native American man who spiritually points out her future, she took it to heart in her early recovery.
After saving her life within her recovery's hard work, she gives us the inside look of how generational addiction can happen, as both her daughters began addicts. Then came the real work of opening North House; she and managed North House, an award-winning residential facility for women. A women's safe house of healing as I see it.
She began to help both her daughters become clean and drug-free. Marilyn has been on her journey and has celebrated 32-years of recovery while keeping her recovery journey moving forward. The author shows us the hard work it takes in early recovery to learn the roots and the underlying addiction issues, process them, and begin the power of healing within recovery.
I highly suggest everyone read this book if you want to be inspired by an amazing woman's authentic memoir turned 'Recovery Warrior' through caring, empathy, and turned a call to action to bring solutions from addiction, even still today.
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?’
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.