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Never Give in to Fear: A Memoir Paperback – July 29, 2010

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Never Give Into Fear is successful as a motivating tool and touching story. Marti's natural humor helps balance the book into a tale of both hurt and healing. This is a book everyone needs to read. It is not only a story about the danger of drugs, but about the power of the human spirit. - Star Rating: 5 out of 5, San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS is a certified addiction treatment professional, standup comic, and humorous motivational speaker. A member of the National Speakers Association, she electrifies audiences with the power to change, grow, and achieve. She also speaks to raise awareness about recovery from addiction and fighting human trafficking.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452815100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452815107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,753,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I didn't already know Marti lived through her ordeals I might not have been able to make it through her book. (I was fortunate to recently have seen her awesome standup routine and meet her before being given her book as a gift.) Even still, I found myself completely gripped by her story, and at the same time feeling the darkness of her addiction, and yearning for her escape from it. As another reviewer mentioned, I too was surprised at how well written this book is. Marti's words are genuine, gritty, funny, heartbreaking, honest and, in the end, tell the story of a life beautifully transformed by powers greater than addiction. I love this book!! Marti's a gift.
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Never Give Into Fear is a roller coaster ride on the addiction train that takes us to the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Marti MacGibbon's book is filled with mind-boggling misadventures from the sex trade in Japan to the homeless haunts of the river people to the drug dealers in the seamy back alleys of San Francisco. Marti's story shows just where the insanity of addiction can take us. Sometimes funny, often poignant, and frequently heartbreaking the book reads like fiction but is rooted in an honesty the challenges not to look away. Surely this book will serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who is tempted by the "glamour" of drugs. Ultimately, Marti's story is one of redemption and we rejoice in her recovery.
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Marti MacGibbon's memoir is a very compelling account of her descent into despair and drug addiction. It is an insightful look at how an addict is sucked into the cycle of dependency and how it is difficult to overcome the hold that drugs can make on a person's life. The story also relates how she ultimately triumphs over the addiction by channeling her own tenacity and with the love and support of family and friends. It was an inspiring read.
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I opened this book and life stopped while I read about the author's. Her incredible trip from recreational drug usage into full blown addiction and eventual recovery makes for unbelievably great reading. Throughout the book I caught myself saying, out loud, "Oh No! Don't do THAT."
This book is so well written. It's so worth reading.
And...it will definitely save lives.
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I am so glad I read this book. From page one Marti's story grabbed me by the ankles and did not let go until the end of this book. What an adventure she experienced. I'm glad she was able to share a part of her gripping, frightening past. I hope to see her story on the big screen. This book is one I will read over and over again. I highly recommend it.Great book!
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I was gripped by this book. Not being an addict myself (but having a close family member who was), reading about the mind of one was fascinating to me. It helped me understand my family member much better and I have much more empathy for drug addicts now! It was very well written as others have mentioned.

However, about 60% through the book, I found myself getting a little bored and really wanting to see her life redeemed! She kept going back and back to her old way of life and the stories started to get repetitive and a little old. I guess I found myself saying, "okay, we get the picture. Now tell us about how you got better!" Unfortunately, only the last two chapters were dedicated to her recovery and even more unfortunate was how they were written. She mostly abandoned her story-telling style and took on a "self-help" tone. I understand that she wants to help the addicts who may be reading her book, but I wanted to know the details of how she got better - what it was like, what happened in her life then! She glossed over that part SO fast considering that the previous decade of despair was detailed in extreme depth. I truly wish she would have skipped a few drug stories and spent more time on stories of her recovery - instead of telling us that gratitude, love, and a 'higher-power' is what keeps her going from day to day. (not that those things are bad; they're great, just vague and not as inspiring as details about real experience).

I felt that after dealing with such a hard core addiction for so long that her change and recovery came too fast. It could have just been the way she wrote it, but either way - it felt like the whole book was building to the end (and her recovery) but the climax was just not that fantastic.

All and all I did enjoy this book and it kept me reading. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what it's like to be an addict of any kind. It will truly give you amazing insight into that.
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This is an amazing story of a woman sharing her life story that happens to deal with the consequences of addiction. And addiction took her to some very interesting places. And not some nice, recreational easy-going addiction - this woman was full on. I mean, you can't make this stuff up! And she's funny. An inspiring story of a woman running away from herself, then coming back and facing all the reasons she ran away in the first place. A thrill of a ride - couldn't put it down. Read it twice in one sitting. Would make a great film.
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this is the story of an addict, a person who trades her life for drugs. It is the story of life on the bottom and it gets tedious and boring. Her recovery does not come until the very end and with little explanation. I would have enjoyed a lot less of the repetitive drug escapades and more of the path back to having a whole life.
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