- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (May 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781592407149
- ISBN-13: 978-1592407149
- ASIN: 1592407145
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation Hardcover – May 10, 2012
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“In stark, unflinching terms, Williams, with assistance from Witter, tells the story of how he won and lost his own version of the American dream, describing his crippling addiction through often uncomfortably graphic episodes of utter degeneration and despair.”
“Those who followed last year’s media accounts of his struggles will appreciate the insights and brutal honesty expressed in this powerful career comeback story.”
— Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ted Williams grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and served in the army before becoming the #1 drive-time DJ in Columbus, Ohio. Addicted to crack, he eventually lost his job and spent seventeen years homeless on the streets of Columbus. He left long-term rehab in the fall of 2011 and currently lives in a Columbus suburb.
Bret Witter is a five-time New York Times bestselling author with more than two million books in print, including #1 New York Times bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. He lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think this book would be great for anyone who has a loved one in their life who is struggling with any kind of addiction as it allows you to see what the "addiction" can do. It can also help you be cautious as to how you try to help them and not become an enabler. I realized the best thing I did was to walk away from my ex otherwise he would have torn my children lives apart. By the time he got clean they were older and did not really have memories of him being addicted only stories of it. I found that the things Ted shared were things that I found myself saying "AMEN" to and "Thank you Lord I followed your direction in leaving". It is a good read for someone who does not have the will or want to listen to maybe their loved ones on how drugs can destroy your life. I think regardless of who wrote what that the fact that "Kathy" tells her side of some of the stories makes an interesting read as there is always two sides to any story. The journey that he is own now is one that will only take time. I think that in reading this I found "true forgiveness" for all the pain and suffering my ex caused me and for that it was worth the price of the book and also I pray for his continued success. If he falls off, then I pray he keeps getting back up because for knowing that his journey has truly been one in which his faith has brought him is nothing short of a miracle. It is not his voice but that he "acknowledge that God gave him the voice." I think it would also be a good book for all those Christians which I consider myself one who think that they are doing a good deed. I agree with him in that you have to truly do it from the heart, with no strings attached. Long before I read his story I believed that and have tried to give with an "open heart" and hearing it makes it all the more real. I recommend this book to anyone who is also a counselor as sometimes they only really see "one-side" of the addict and their training dedicates their views. This book I think will allow them to stand around the the pipe, see what it feels like to betray one friends and that even the best of us can be conned. Blessing to you Ted Willians ..remember a Saint is just a sinner who fell down. LOVE THE BOOK!
What comes through here is a deep sense of human solidarity... that we are all in this together. One gets the feeling that if one person suffers, then we all suffer. No matter how often we turn away.
And when Williams describes his eventual recovery -- and rediscovery of life -- the grueling, soul-rending ordeal gradually ends. The reader has undergone a journey through a nightmare -- but the low points belonged to a real experience, truly lived by many in this society. Ultimately, the true subject of this book is the power of spiritual and moral regeneration open to all of us -- no matter how proud or humble our circumstances.
Highly recommended as a cautionary tale, as an exercise in empathy, and as a document of the suffering that is the lot of so many in our society. But finally, this is an inspiring story of healing and new life -- spiritual and bodily.
If you do enjoy this book (read: if you are able to make it through the brutality) you might also enjoy the (generally more uplifting) I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives or The Seven Storey Mountain.