Do you have friend, family member, or loved one in the throes of addiction? Do you feel tossed by the storm of their struggle, wondering how to stay anchored in truth and hope as you walk beside them?
Deborah Bailey has been there. Having lost her precious daughter to the darkness of addiction, she knows what it’s like to run to God in prayer and Scripture, asking the hard questions and dealing with great loss head-on. In God Our Anchor: Held Fast Through A Loved One’s Addiction, Deborah has crafted thirty devotionals for those who face a similar journey. Each thoughtful entry helps the reader navigate the storm of a loved one’s addiction and hold fast to our great anchor, the Lord. Whether you have lost loved ones to addiction, or still walk beside them even now in their struggle, Deborah’s devotionals are a safe harbor for you to meet the Lord, letting Him hold you fast in some of the roughest waters a person can brave.
|Publisher:||B&H Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.28(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Deborah Bailey is a physical therapist, a teacher and advocate for intercessory prayer, and a mother who daily braves the loss of her daughter to drug addiction. Desperate for relief from the turmoil that the storm of addiction hailed at her daughter, Ashlynn, Deborah clung to God’s Word and fervent prayer at depths she had never plumbed before. While supporting her daughter through multiple drug rehabilitation programs, Christian counseling, and sessions with various experts in psychology and psychiatry, Deborah felt the presence of the Lord and knew He had a plan to share her experiences with others who faced the same turmoil. She and her husband, Mike, now have a teaching and speaking ministry that seeks to end addiction and increase public awareness about the current addiction crisis. Deborah is the cofounder alongside her husband of The Ashlynn Bailey Foundation, an initiative dedicated to restore the lives of reformed addicts, provide hope for families in the midst of an addiction crisis, and pave a way for justice to reign in this broken world of drugs. More information about their foundation may be found at the following website: www.ashlynnbaileyfoundation.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a read! This is a 30 day devotional written by a mother as she battled with her daughters drug addiction and ultimately her death. The devotion was written while her daughter was still living , so Deborah shares the very real, heart breaking challenges she endured and how God anchored her through this storm. Filled with encouraging scriptures and reflection questions I found so much comfort in reading this devotional. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as part of BH Blogger program.
No family is ever safe from the attack of drug addiction. Addiction not only affects the user but also the family and friends. It is a heart wrenching problem which will toss us to and fro if we do not secure ourselves to God, who alone is our anchor. In her book God Our Anchor, Deborah Bailey shares the battle her family faced with her daughter. She provides much comfort and direction for parents looking for answers and hope. This is a 30 day devotional in which the author seeks to lead others through the storm of battling drug addiction with a child. She has broken down this devotional into three parts: 1) Batten Down the Hatches. Here she seeks to help with the preparation of the storm of addiction. 2) Throwing in the Anchor. In this part, she addresses letting go of some of the baggage being carried and ridding oneself of the lies of the enemy. In so doing, you are better positioned and not be moved as you battle. 3) Anchored. Once anchored, although the storm rages on, you are secure in God alone. You are enabled to stand firm, knowing you are being held by God’s love for you. Each devotion includes a Scripture, a reading, a prayer, and some questions for thought designed to bring hope to a seemingly hopeless situation. The author shares her pain-filled journey through her fierce battle with beautiful transparency in the hopes her story will encourage others. Knowing full well the battle is a difficult one, her prayer for other parents is: “My prayer is for you to be anchored by God as you press on to the prize at the end of your storm. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). I pray for protection and healing over you and your children. I pray for abundant peace as you submit yourselves and your child completely to the Lord. I pray for lives to be saved unto Him, for God ultimately wins, and God does heal!” (Deborah Bailey, God Our Anchor, page 161) This is a book for every parent in the midst of the storm of a child’s drug addiction. It will bring encouragement and the powerful reminder of being held fast by God, yes, even in a loved one’s addiction. **I was provided a copy of this book by B & H Publishing Group for review. All opinions are honest and my own.