The phrase “Heroin saved my life” could be considered both controversial and even offensive to some. However in “Chasing a flawed sun” the author shows us how after breaking him down and almost taking his life several times, the battle with the drug did just that.
This is a true story. A transparent story of the life of a young man in America, who, like many of our lost youth, found his way into the drug culture. This story is an autopsy into the mind, heart and soul of an addict. It begins at childhood and takes us through the thoughts, turmoil and inner conflicts of a person lost in the undercurrent of addiction, and ends in a climax of self discovery, and realization.
It is a gripping tale of a suburban youth and his journey through the streets of Baltimore, institutions, prisons, addiction, and worst of all, his own mind. What makes it so unique is the vulnerability and transparency with which it is told. It is the goal of this story to not only to tell a vivid tale but to also share hope and experience with those who are actively struggling with their own demons, and to shed some light to those who have lost or are currently dealing with a loved one who is struggling with addiction, alcoholism and/or a lost sense of “self”.
Daniel McGhee lives and owns several businesses just outside of Baltimore, Md. He also owns a non-profit and works with addicts, children and homeless in his area. In his eighteen years in recovery he’s learned to enjoy writing, fitness, and traveling the world. He enjoys going to other countries either for relief work, exploration or just chasing the sun that never ceases.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is 431 pages and I literally had to force myself to put it down before bed every night. Fascinating, brutally honest stuff. There is nothing abstract about this book. There is no compromise. And you come to realize that this is who Danny is. You come to understand Danny's mind and soul. You see the life of an addict through Danny's eyes. He sucked in the drugs as one sucks in the air before they go underwater. This made me see drug addiction in a very intense, real way. Danny was wildly self-destructive and selfish but yet you find yourself disgusted by him, rooting, praying and loving him in every chapter. Danny is a genuine talent and flexes his writing muscles by telling his story in a refreshingly honest way. This was not a self-indulgent look upon his past but more of an indictment on the world of addiction. Addiction doesn't discriminate. It can sink its claws into you no matter what socioeconomic class you are part of. Danny paints the horrific picture of addiction and the struggles and demons he faced are just as arresting.
This is a must read! It is the life of an addict. This book shows that people do not choose to become addicts, by it a hard trap to get out of. Very raw and at times hard to read due to the sincerity and truth in it. It is also about hope. And a true success story
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered this book. Was it going to be another generalized walk through addiction, and how they got clean, then a bunch of bragging about how amazing they are and their life is now? I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This book is a true story of the authors life but reads with the gripping intensity of a fiction novel. It is an emotional roller coaster through all aspects of addiction. It is chock full of knowledge about the streets of not only Baltimore but every city and small town and the subculture of drugs that lie within. This story covers suburbia as well as the urban streets of Baltimore, and dives into the mind and raw emotion of an addict like I’ve never seen. The ending is beautifully written and ties everything up like a nice bow on the package and left me teary eyed at the beauty that comes from breaking down and rebuilding. If you’ve ever dealt with a loved one who suffered from alcoholism, or addiction this is a must read to understand the inner workings of an addict and a true sense of how it controls their every moment. If you’re an addict still suffering or in recovery there are a ton of clues here and information to bring clarity and help understand yourself. I recommend this to anyone, it is a real eye opener.