From the bestselling co-author of The Coffee Bean comes the true story of a well-raised kid, a three-year starting quarterback, a young person filled with potential...until a shocking addiction took hold.
Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams.
Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt.
Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.
After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption continues to inspire audiences today.
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Today, Damon lives a life in recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church’s, athletic teams, corporations and inside correctional facilities. His #coffeebeans message has inspired thousands, winning him the Service To Mankind Award in 2017. He is also the co-author of the bestselling book The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. He works as a legal assistant for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas and is earning his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lamar University. You can reach him through his website, www.damonwest.org.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Rock Bottom 1
Chapter 1 The Escape 9
Chapter 2 Innocence Lost 12
Chapter 3 Better Days 18
Chapter 4 Youth Is Wasted on the Young 22
Chapter 5 Menagerie of Miscreants 31
Chapter 6 Fork in the Road 45
Chapter 7 Debts Demand to Be Paid 61
Chapter 8 Proximity to Power 69
Chapter 9 You Don't Have to Win All Your Fights 82
Chapter 10 You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have 103
Chapter 11 Fruit of the Poisonous Tree 114
Chapter 12 Misery and Time 134
Chapter 13 The Coffee Bean 152
Chapter 14 The Animal I Have Become 172
Chapter 15 You'll Never Leave This Place Alive! 193
Chapter 16 Footprints in the Sand 213
Chapter 17 Halftime Is Over 234
Chapter 18 Not on My Line 238
Chapter 19 Bench Warrant 248
Chapter 20 The Secret to Life 253
Chapter 21 Parole Hearing 258
Chapter 22 The Nightmare Is Over 268
Chapter 23 On-Chain 274
Chapter 24 The Carrot and the Stick 278
Chapter 25 Hat on Tight 284
Chapter 26 Three Tools to Begin Your New Life 297
Chapter 27 Living in Recovery 318
Chapter 28 The Good Thief 330
Epilogue: Life Coming Full Circle 339
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book, inspiring
Amazing what one can achieve by letting God lead instead of follow. This was an incredible book!