Steve Chandler has written several books on self-help. I know, because I've read them all. This one is the deepest and most delightful yet. How can a book about suicide, addiction and the struggle to recover be delightful? That's the magic. Chandler writes in short chapters that include dead-on (pun intended) quotes and lessons about life; chapters that bring you down or pull you up...or just make you think.
The author's stated goal is to help people who are suffering the slow death of addiction to drugs and alcohol, but his message works for those of us who experience any addiction--food, sex, gambling, credit--whatever holds you back from a glorious life.
Chandler is always open in his writing about his challenges and struggles, but this book is deeply personal. It's his story, and he shares everything--his struggle with giving himself over to a "higher power" when he doesn't believe there is one and with the rituals of the 12-step program; his refusal to recognize his addiction; his need to medicate in order to face the world; and the importance of his sponsor and the people in his life who pulled him out of his death spiral.
Read this book...and then give a copy to everyone you believe it might help.