By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
OREGON (ANS – May 14, 2015) — A Very Fine House (Zondervan) is an intimate memoir of a mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime.
Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Living fast and hard on the streets of Bend, Oregon, she commits crimes against herself, the community, and her own family.
The author, Barbara Cofer Stoefen, chronicles her child’s addiction in a way that other writers have not written about addiction. What begins as an obsession to save her daughter, and a rage against God for allowing drugs to devour her college-age girl, transforms into release in a life changing letting-go-and-letting-God moment.
The reader is first introduced to the Stoefen family and Barbara’s dream for its idyllic future. Kinks in the perfect life appear. When Annie’s alcoholism, drug use, and criminality ensue, Barbara fights to save her. There is all-consuming grief and the devastating loss of not just her daughter, but her dream for her own life as well.
Barbara eventually finds support and a new way of thinking. While she continues the battle to save her daughter, she ultimately finds the courage to save herself. The conclusion deals with Annie’s recovery—and Barbara’s. Both experience a spiritual awakening and are transformed. A new and better dream for Barbara’s life is born.
She says, “I’m a drug prevention activist in Oregon and advocate for recovering addicts. I presently serve as president of the Meth Action Coalition, a nonprofit organization providing prevention education and community awareness on all drugs of abuse.”
For more information on the author, please go to www.barbaracoferstoefen.com .
The book has been welcomed by Heather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk, in which she says, “Wow. A Very Fine House is a very fine book indeed-and long overdue in our marketplace. Stoefen’s hard-won wisdom will help parents of addicts feel less alone and more importantly, respond to their childs addiction in ways that will save lives. Every person who loves an addict or parents teens should read this book.”
Photo captions:1) Barbara Cofer Stoefen. 2) Dan, Norma and Peter Wooding, taking during a recent visit to Southern California by their younger son.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 51 years. Having both once run a drug rehabilitation farm in the UK, they have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his beloved mother and called “Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary”. For more information, please go to http://marythebook.com/ , where you can find details of how to order the book.
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