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You Can Sleep In Your Car, But You Can't Drive Your House To Work: How I overcame depression, foreclosure, addiction and homelessness by expressing gratitude. Paperback – September 23, 2011
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Sutton Parks is an accomplished musician, composer and singer/songwriter who lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. He speaks with passion to audiences on the subjects of recovery, gratitude and possibility thinking. This is his first book.
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If you know someone who's going through or recovered from depression, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, homelessness, job loss...then pass this book along to them. Sutton experienced it all, but it now one of the kindest most servant hearted people I know. He touches on all of those incidents in his life in a light-hearted way that helps you see the struggle without crushing your heart in the process. Then he lifts you back up again.
I highly recommend this book.
In the Bible there is a verse that says to the effect, "Teach a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it!" This guy was brought up with the right core values. Through bad choices he made in youth he wandered and in the end strayed from the path of right. He ended up doing lite drugs pot and drinking to excess. Deep down however he remained a good well brought up kid. He had more than a few opportunities when fits of temper or truly stupid decsions could have put him in jail or prison. Luckily he had just enough moral grounding and Christian upbringing to save him from really stupid hot head decisions that would have ruined his life.
In time this guy started to see sense. In time this guy started rebuilding his life. This guy had the good upbringing that taught him how to find quality people as mentors and guides in his recovery. This guy had a solid basic work ethic that he never gave up on. The story this man tells is a very good one. This guy found and worked the Twelve steps of AA in ways that would make all the true friends of "Bill" Darn Proud. The book is a bit preachy which makes for a great devotional but, the guy comes off just a bit too saintly for my tastes. Don't get me wrong I like the book. I am so totally happy that this guy got off the sauce and is living in a nice place now. I am happy this guy has a good support system. Most of all I am happy the guy took all those inventories and found those things in life beyond the merely material that are really valuable to we who live enlightened lives.
I was pleased that he shared his personal relationship with God (His Higher Power). I was happy this guy shared a God who was not the traditional the stuffy hyper mean spirited totally uptight God so many "Religious Folk" like to portray. I have a pretty cool relationship with God. I talk to God like a personal friend because to me he is the best friend I have. If I were wrestling with alcoholism I think this book would be an especially good read even better if AA and its twelve steps are your intended road to soberity.
As a person who spent one year of being homeless and having a somewhat similar experience to Sutton's I have to say he nailed it as far as engaging the reader and telling the surprising lessons he learned as a result of experiencing homelessness. The read was refreshing and I love how he held himself accountable and took personal responsibility. I am currently dealing with a very difficult situation and just finished the book. It left me feeling very hopeful. It also shed some light on my difficulty with being humble and helped me understand that it is OK to ask for help when you need it. Sutton's attitude of gratitude and possibility thinking is what eventually helped him land on his feet. And it is what will be his guiding star that will lead him to further success. Read this book and follow the wonderful, upbeat and at times tough lessons that are within it's pages.
It's a true success story because it's TRUE and because Sutton has overcome the habits that drove him into failure and nearly death. More importantly, he walks you through his recovery and victory using techniques that anyone can use to live a better life.
This is a very personal story and Sutton does a remarkable job of sharing very intimate details with a unique storytelling style that sucks you into his world immediately. It was very hard to put down!
(Note: Sutton is a new friend of mine who I've met once and he gave me an autographed copy of his book, yet I didn't know more than 1% of the content at the time. I now want to know him better!)