Title: Horseshoe Magnet: My Personal Journey to Recovery
Author: Kathy Chapple Hill
Publishing Date: May 23, 2013
About the Book:
Do you or someone you love struggle with addictions?
Do you wonder when and how it will end?
Do you wonder what you can do about it?
“Horseshoe Magnet “brings hope to those who suffer and to those who watch people in active addiction and wonder what they are thinking. This is a true, self-searching account of one woman’s descent into darkness and the path she was given to lead her out. “Horseshoe Magnet ” was written to help others find the path, to give hope to their loved ones, and to instruct them on using the most powerful and effective weapon they have been given.
I met Kathy about a decade ago after she opened a Christian bookstore in the town I lived in. She always had a smile on her face and had thankful words for the Lord. I knew from talking with her that she was a newer believer, but I didn’t know the magnitude to which Jesus had changed her life. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her but just a few weekends ago while I was with some family at the 1000 Islands that I ran into Kathy and her husband while trying to catch the glimpse of the sunset in our park. We talked for a bit about the bookstore and then what our lives have been like since then. I talked about my book blogging she offered a copy of her book to me. She also shared that it was the eve of her salvation day which she found as an encouragement.
It takes a lot for a person to be willing to come out and talk about their struggles with addiction. I’m very thankful that I do not struggle with alcohol as I know many people (including family) do. Kathy revealed the truth to the lies she would tell herself and others back when her alcoholism ruled her life. She shares some pieces she wrote while she was using and also shares how her views have changed since then and how she realizes the lies her addiction was making her believe. There are some things you just can’t understand unless you’ve been there, and Kathy shares those deep, painful thoughts. But she doesn’t share them just to voice them; she shares them to encourage others who may be struggling with addiction and/or know someone else who is. Because at the end of the day we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and can help us overcome our sin. Kathy’s testimony is proof of this.
Horseshoe Magnet comes in at just under 100 pages so it’s not a super long read, but it can help you see the mindset of someone who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol. It can also show you someone who has been able to step out of it and into life with Christ. It was written almost like a diary, with discussion to the reader. Some of the flow was a bit difficult to read and I would have liked to see more about the process of her recovery after salvation, but it was a mind-opening read. If you or someone you know is battling addiction with drugs or alcohol, I would recommend this book.
*I was given a free copy of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.