I remember the night Ralph Carey walked into a meeting of WriteOn Joliet, a writing critique group that I co-lead at the Black Road branch of the Joliet Public Library.
Carey, a recovering addict, had written a series of essays as part of his parole, and his parole officer had suggested he publish them. So Carey came to the writers group seeking advice.
He published "Life's Wisdom Overcoming Addiction" in 2014 and gifted me with a copy. I'll review it in Tuesday's LocalLit newsletter.
Here is the book's Amazon description: "This is how I survived a lifestyle of criminal and drug abuse. I went to prison and changed my life. How I reconnected with my family. Accepted the Lord into my life. overcame cancer, hep-c, three prison terms, divorce, and a drug habit that was so out of control, it seems impossible to still be alive much less in great health.
"I have been on top and down to the pits of hell, been homeless, lost everything I owned at least five times. I changed my way of thinking, my choices, my thought process, my values, and this book tells how I did it ."
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