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Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom by [Marti MacGibbon]

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Marti MacGibbon shows readers just how rough the road to redemption is in her gritty memoir of addiction...Her raw, honest, casual, funny voice permeates every page...A dark yet inspiring look at conquering addiction and regaining hope. --Kirkus Reviews

...Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom is a memoir of life and living from Marti MacGibbon as she shares her life...spaced through anecdotes, dealing with her own demons and finding the light at the end of the tunnel to pursue. Never Give In To Fear is a fine pick and much worth considering for memoir and humor collections. --Midwest Book Review

...Her narration is funny...MacGibbon is self-aware, and is able to show the humor of the moment without losing the tense pacing of her story. A memoir that offers hope, even in the worst of times, Never Give in to Fear is a terrific read. ( Foreword Clarion Reviews - Five Stars out of five)

Never Give In To Fear is a book everyone needs to read. This is not only a story about the danger of drugs, but about the power of the human spirit. ( San Francisco Book Review)

It s amazing that Marti MacGibbon survived her harrowing life and had the guts to recount it...not too preachy, the author s candor and sense of humor keep the pages turning. bohemian.com

...an incredible, inspiring and sometimes funny journey to recovery. No matter what your personal journey is, this book will help you along the way. (Alonzo Bodden, comedian, winner of NBC s Last Comic Standing: Tonight Show, and star of the Showtime special, Who s Paying Attention.)

Rarely do you find such inspiration in so riveting a story...Her narration is so funny and real that I found myself laughing out loud while my heart was breaking...While there are plenty of books about people s real life experiences, only Never Give in to Fear delivers this much style and substance. (Karen Rontowski, comedienne, of Late Night with David Letterman and Comedy Central)

Marti MacGibbon has written a terrific memoir...Marti, through her humor and great sense of story, takes us on a journey few, if any of us, could survive. And she survives it intact and with great style and humor. (Mark Schiff, comedian, Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, co-author, I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America s Top Comics)

What a stunning debut from an all-around talented individual...I understand the journey Marti went on and the belief-in-self that an individual must possess to make such a declaration having come home from a personal war...Full credit to an amazing person, an accomplished author, one who has managed to laugh all the way up from rock bottom. (Chris Thrall, author of Eating Smoke: One Man s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong s Triad Heartland)

...A very good, entertaining read that takes you into the underbelly of drug addiction and, as a bonus, lets you hang with and experience the interesting characters that live within. Rich, insightful and uplifting.(Kerri Kochanski, blogger/author, PeopleThatShine.com)

Marti MacGibbon takes you on a journey of amazing pitfalls, dizzying heights, and the depths of deepest alcoholism and drug addiction. Her recovery and redemption lift the spirit, and bring joy to the heart. Most important book I have read in the past five years. (Paul Jacek, comedian, co-host of the OH, MARY! radio show on LA Talk Radio)

Ms. MacGibbon s memoir is a raw, honest and powerful account of her journey into addiction and her extraordinary courage, humor, and sensitivity as she travels the path to recovery. Never Give in to Fear provides readers with remarkable insight into the human condition. (Richard Nass, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine)

Marti MacGibbon --Dr. James Vinson Carmichael Jr., Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

...Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom is a memoir of life and living from Marti MacGibbon as she shares her life...spaced through anecdotes, dealing with her own demons and finding the light at the end of the tunnel to pursue. Never Give In To Fear is a fine pick and much worth considering for memoir and humor collections. --Midwest Book Review

...Her narration is funny...MacGibbon is self-aware, and is able to show the humor of the moment without losing the tense pacing of her story. A memoir that offers hope, even in the worst of times, Never Give in to Fear is a terrific read. ( Foreword Clarion Reviews - Five Stars out of five)

Never Give In To Fear is a book everyone needs to read. This is not only a story about the danger of drugs, but about the power of the human spirit. ( San Francisco Book Review)

It s amazing that Marti MacGibbon survived her harrowing life and had the guts to recount it...not too preachy, the author s candor and sense of humor keep the pages turning. bohemian.com

...an incredible, inspiring and sometimes funny journey to recovery. No matter what your personal journey is, this book will help you along the way. (Alonzo Bodden, comedian, winner of NBC s Last Comic Standing: Tonight Show, and star of the Showtime special, Who s Paying Attention.)

Rarely do you find such inspiration in so riveting a story...Her narration is so funny and real that I found myself laughing out loud while my heart was breaking...While there are plenty of books about people s real life experiences, only Never Give in to Fear delivers this much style and substance. (Karen Rontowski, comedienne, of Late Night with David Letterman and Comedy Central)

Marti MacGibbon has written a terrific memoir...Marti, through her humor and great sense of story, takes us on a journey few, if any of us, could survive. And she survives it intact and with great style and humor. (Mark Schiff, comedian, Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, co-author, I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America s Top Comics)

What a stunning debut from an all-around talented individual...I understand the journey Marti went on and the belief-in-self that an individual must possess to make such a declaration having come home from a personal war...Full credit to an amazing person, an accomplished author, one who has managed to laugh all the way up from rock bottom. (Chris Thrall, author of Eating Smoke: One Man s Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong s Triad Heartland)

...A very good, entertaining read that takes you into the underbelly of drug addiction and, as a bonus, lets you hang with and experience the interesting characters that live within. Rich, insightful and uplifting.(Kerri Kochanski, blogger/author, PeopleThatShine.com)

Marti MacGibbon takes you on a journey of amazing pitfalls, dizzying heights, and the depths of deepest alcoholism and drug addiction. Her recovery and redemption lift the spirit, and bring joy to the heart. Most important book I have read in the past five years. (Paul Jacek, comedian, co-host of the OH, MARY! radio show on LA Talk Radio)

Ms. MacGibbon s memoir is a raw, honest and powerful account of her journey into addiction and her extraordinary courage, humor, and sensitivity as she travels the path to recovery. Never Give in to Fear provides readers with remarkable insight into the human condition. (Richard Nass, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine)

Marti MacGibbon s Never Give in to Fear sets a very high standard for any memoir to follow, and especially one of the genre that deals with addiction...at times hilariously gruesome, but ruthlessly hopeful, she gives the most jaded reader, whether in recovery or not, a reason to wake up and see what is new in the world.

--Dr. James Vinson Carmichael Jr., Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Marti MacGibbon, CADC II, ACRPS, is a certified addiction treatment professional, stand-up comic, and inspirational speaker. A member of the National Speakers Association, she electrifies audiences with energy, humor, and transformative content. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009NJGT7C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stay Strong Publishing; 2nd edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 8, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2069 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 379 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Marti MacGibbon is a nationally award-winning author. Her new memoir, Fierce, Funny, and Female is Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards, in the Women's Health Category, and Finalist in the Humor Category. Fierce, Funny, and Female is also Winner of the International Beverly Hills Book Awards, in the Women's Issues Category. Her first memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, received recognition as 2013 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in the Addiction and Recovery Category.

Marti MacGibbon is a humorous inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional. Marti is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist).

Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s. She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, severe PTSD and hard-core drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares them to motivate, encourage, and energize audiences.

In addition to speaking to businesses, medical professionals and mental health professionals on overcoming adversity, empowerment, addiction recovery, and inspiration, Marti speaks to raise awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence against women. She has spoken at The Museum of Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, at colleges and universities, and even from the center of an MMA octagon at, “Fight Traffick,” an anti-human trafficking cage-fighting event. She’s been interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Glamour, on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, FOX-TV and numerous radio stations, and articles she wrote have appeared in over 150 corporate and trade magazines.

An advocate for victims and survivors, Marti has spoken at the White House, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for Victims of Crime, on mental health and policy advocacy. From 2012-2017, Ms. MacGibbon served on the Indiana Attorney General’s state-wide anti-trafficking task force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. From 2013-2017, she developed curriculum for and taught a life skills class for women with trauma history in Marion County Jail. She has spoken to the California State Legislature in support of new legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking. She serves as a Board Member at HEAL Trafficking, Inc., and a Board Member at MENTARI Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program.

Marti is founder, producer, and emcee of Laff-Aholics Standup Comedy Benefit for Recovery, an annual charity fundraiser in Indianapolis that features nationally headlining comedians. One hundred percent of the profits from the show go to transitional housing facilities in Indy that provide access to addiction treatment and mental health services for the recovery community’s most vulnerable.

The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) honored Marti with the 2015 Indiana Lifetime Recovery Advocate Award, and the 2014 Recovery Advocate of the Year Award, for outstanding accomplishments in support of recovery, and her work in breaking away the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, and human trafficking.

Marti has performed at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and has traveled the U.S. as a professional standup comic. She is a member of the National Speakers Association.

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