Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90
Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts.
Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 provides ninety devotions of strength, hope, and encouragement to families coping with addiction. Realizing you’re not alone in your struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-to-day challenges.
The overall message of Praying for Your Addicted Loved One conveys hope to families caught in the cycles of addiction. The various stages of the disease: abuse, recovery, and relapse, take their toll on families. Hopelessness grabs a family’s heart and wrings it out with each slip of clean or sober time. The verses in Jeremiah 30 and 31, the foundation of the book, offer promises of restoration and redemption.
90 in 90 reflects the 12 Step model of attending 90 meetings in 90 days. While your loved one attends meetings, you will read a daily devotional to lend spiritual support.
My discovery of Jeremiah 30 and 31 led me to write Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, a devotional for families loving an addict. In it I share our family’s journey to recovery and hope through daily scriptures, devotional thoughts and prayers.
Praise for Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90
Praying for your Addicted Loved One is unique in many ways. Many prayer books are available and many addiction recovery books are available, but this book is in a class by itself.
To find a prayer journal that--specifically combines personal experience, is directed to family members of an addict or substance abuser and is packed with hope and biblical wisdom that reinforces the 12-Steps is very, very rare.
Sharron writes from her own personal experience as the parent of an addict. She understands the unique hurt and hopelessness that overtakes the family of an addict. The dialogue and prayers in this book speak directly to the hurting family members to address their specific needs:
"The challenge for family members is to encourage their addict's continued commitment to recovery. With proper boundaries in place, cheer on their day-to-day victories over the monkey on their back. Help them visualize life apart from addiction.
Spring-cleaning is never done; the season rolls around every year. Dust accumulates and must be wiped away regularly. The same applies for sobriety. The job of working the Twelve Steps is never over. It is the "one day at a time" tidying that keeps dust bunnies at bay."
Praying for Your Addicted Loved One is a classic that will stand the test of time to provide encouragement and hope to anyone who cares about an addicted loved one.
~ Judy Herzanek/Changing Lives Foundation. Co-author of: Why Don't They Just Quit? (2010 Edition, Revised and Updated)
“What follows in these pages resonates with me, both organizationally and personally. For in these pages is something which originates neither in the cloister nor the laboratory, but rather in the crucible of human experience. While what comes out of either can inform and inspire, too often it may be detached from life in the world. In Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, author Sharron Cosby writes from personal experience, with all of its ‘blood, sweat, toil, and tears.”
~Commissioner William A. Roberts,
National Commander of The Salvation Army
(excerpt from Foreword to Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90).
“Transparent, hopeful, and honest, Sharron Cosby writes with the quiet eloquence of a tried and tested warrior in the battlefield of addiction and compulsive behaviors. So often the process of recovery is placed solely on the shoulders of the addict. This devotional invites all the stakeholders to share in the suffering. As a clinician and counselor who has worked with addicts and their loved ones, I recommend Praying For Your Addicted Loved One as a must-have companion for all family members who find themselves in the desert of addiction.”
~Peter J. Dell LCSW, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.
“I love this book! Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 is truly a God-send, not only for those living day-to-day with loved ones chained to addictions, but for those, like me, who need guidance in understanding the needs of neighbors and relatives struggling with relentless addictions. Sharron Cosby’s insights and personal experiences lend heart and credibility to each brief, reader-friendly devotional, and she squeezes much meaning, hope, and application from each scripture.”
~Debora M. Coty, award-winning author of 13 inspirational books, including
Too Blessed to be Stressed and More Beauty, Less Beast, Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate.
“DO NOT read another book, article, or advice column on coping with the addiction of someone you love until you have read this! Author Sharron Cosby gets it. After much pain, heartache, and frustration, she gets it. And you can too. As one who has also suffered through addiction issues in my life and with my own family, I can tell you that Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 will change your perspective about this issue once and for all.”
~Dr. Michael Hailey, Pastor, New Day Church, Brandon, FL.
“Sharron Cosby has the loving heart of a true Southern belle, and she opens that heart willingly, sharing her personal experiences as the parent of an addict. Drawing from the book of Jeremiah, Sharron’s devotional uses scripture to provide hope and sound guidance in what can seem like a hopeless situation.”
~Kat Heckenback, author of Finding Angel, Seeking Unseen, and multiple contributions to
Chicken Soup for the Soul, anthologies, magazines, e-zines and artist.
“Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 is an education in divesting the bondage of addictive behaviors and substance abuse. The 90 devotions with soul-searching reflections, questions, and prayers, help us understand the reality and heartaches of both the addicted and those who love them.”
~Ruth Carmichael Ellinger, award-winning author of five books
including The Wildrose Trilogy and Women of the Secret Place.
“The journey from a mother’s despair to the kept promises of God comes through in each devotion. Readers will relate to Sharron’s sojourn even if they are on a different path. They will find hope, encouragement, and inspiration no matter their circumstances.”
~Lt. Colonel Martha Jewett, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries,
The Salvation Army Florida Division