My friends husband wrote this book. I've been waiting a while for its release. First I'm so proud of this couple for sharing their story. It's not an easy story and it took courage. God is woven throughout their story though and they believe, as do I, that their story will be used to encourage others. Mike is a testimony that God relentlessly pursues His children. Mike was abused as a child and because of this lead a life of drinking to cover the pain. He was determined to drink himself to death to end the pain he could not escape from. After many years and many losses Mike finally found freedom in Jesus. This story is hard and sad but our God is a good God and I have seen firsthand the blessings He has given Mike and his beautiful family. "I wanted to be free, but I was convinced freedom would not be mine." I have felt this, thought maybe healing was not for me in this life. This is such a hopeless place to be. "He reminded me of what my childhood should have been but never was." Mike had a son and he desperatly wanted to be a good father but had too much pain to be able to be the father he wanted to be. His son was a reminder of all that he had lost. "The dysfunction resulting from sexual abuse was consistent-shattered lives made worse through addiction, broken relationships, job loss, and incarceration." Sexual abuse severs the soul and only God can repair it. "Now I know when I find Jesus in it, He can use my story to bring freedom to others." And Jesus is in all of our stories and He wants to use our hard stories to grow us and to bless others. I can accept things in my life if I know that they will be used, don't let my struggles and pain be for none. This is an amazing book of redemption and of God being faithful. It is encouraging to those of us who have struggled from the pain of abuse. God is there and He does care and He will take our pain and turn it for our God if we let Him.