California author Steve Cederquist began life in his family’s custom cabinetry business, became a sought-after contractor working on celebrity homes, and founded the celebrated Steve Cederquist Designs. He is also well known as housing coach on television’s popular Flip or Flop reality series. For all his fame, Steve’s most impressive achievement to date is his sharing of his personal history of his journey with abuse, alcohol, drugs crime, and destructive relationships that resulted in landing in prison – and that impact on his life is tendered in this moving and inspiring book. His driver: the trauma of child protective services moving his children into foster care!
Cleverly (and adroitly!) using the language of construction, Steve advises to ‘measure, measure, cut’ – a workbook technique for guidance through renovation – and that ubiquitous dumpster that plays such a significant role in the ‘plan.’ To fully explain his advice on overcoming hardships and barriers to the good life, he references his own biographical information in a manner that allows us to relate to his trials and his successes in both business and spirit.
Steve’s own opening distillation of his mission in writing this book sums it up well: ‘Are your heart and soul living on a dead-end street/ Limited choices hammering you down? Situations leading you to a place of no return? STOP! That is so far from the reality you deserve. Let me show you how to tap into your resources the way I tapped into mine. OR Can you picture a dumpster? Does that question make you curious? Grab a pencil and open this book. GET OUT ALIVE offers Encouragement, Motivation, Reason. Everything is possible. I know that because I’ve been to the dark places you might have also found in yourself. I lived though it. Hell, I’m thriving…This is not an ordinary memoir. This is your new story’s starting point. My greater vision – To create growth wherever I go, and to contribute to eliminating addiction issues in North America.’
Inserting other DIY stories along with his own journey makes the book even more empathetic: Steve’s journey and those of the shared stories together make a strong impact. This book is far more than just another ‘self-help book.’ This is a quality tome that inspires each of us to ‘get out alive.’ Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 20