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Leaving Cloud 9

Narrated by: Charity Spencer
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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A powerful, heartbreaking, and redemptive account of a boy who endured a childhood of poverty and abuse in an American Southwest trailer park named Cloud 9.

Abandoned by his father at age two, Rick Sylvester lived with an abusive mother whose struggles as a member of the working poor led her to drugs, alcohol, theft, and prostitution - and eventually attempted suicide. Rick battled depression, anxiety, and PTSD as the chaos, neglect, and unpredictability of his childhood seemed to doom him to follow in his mother's footsteps.

Well into adulthood, Rick stumbled through unemployment and divorce, using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain until he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Miraculously, though, he overcame the odds and today is a happy husband and father. How did this happen? Rick's answer is this: "It was the Lord."

A message of hope to those who are drowning from an undeserved childhood, Leaving Cloud 9 speaks to millions who grew up poor, feeling ignored and hopeless, and who need the healing power of God. This indelibly American story conveys the steadfast love of Jesus and his power to deliver us from the most devastating of pasts.

©2018 Ericka Andersen (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Inspiring and captivating story

You know those books you start and they are so good you can't put them down? This is one of those books! Rick's story of a heartbreaking childhood and a troubled early adult life that's redeemed by God's love is so powerful. You'll finish the book inspired by Rick's newfound hope and healing while still carrying the scars of his childhood. I'm so grateful for Rick and Ericka's courage to tell this difficult story. I can only hope that it will inspire people who are in or lived through similar situations to see that there is hope for them through Christ.

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I wanted to listen to it!

I couldn't get into this book - first one in a long, long time that I just can't listen to it....

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So inspiring - loved this audiobook!

The most special thing about this story is that it's written about a man by his wife. If you had a hard childhood, I'm sure you can relate somehow, and if you didn't - this makes you realize just how lucky you are. Listening to this book made my commute fly by! I highly recommend.

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Not my type

I only listen to bio/memoirs but i feel like this book should have been filed under religion/Christianity.

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What a story

This is an incredible story. Listened to the whole book in one day. Just wow.