Everyone who follows my blog knows that when I read a book, if I’m impressed with it, I love to tell the world about it.
However, recently, I read one that, not only do I want to share with it you, I feel I “have” to because of the impact it had on me. It is Mylow Young’s Against the Gates of Hell: A Crack House Exodus.
The title is obvious, it deals with drugs, more specifically, crack cocaine. Amazingly written, Young brings his reader into the story with him when ‘showing’ what each character is going through. I say ‘showing’ because he’s not just telling you, he does a superb job writing in such a way that you can see what he says. That’s the kind of books I love to read. I like to see what’s going on, and to be carried away into the book with the other characters, just like watching a movie. I absolutely loved every word of this book.
On his website, I read the following: “This hope-filled story reveals the internal and external struggles of two men who find themselves in need of God’s grace, love and forgiveness as they fight for their lives against the very gates of hell.”
Part of the story is fictitious, but Young wrote this based on his own life experience, as he struggled with drugs more than half of his life. He states: “Some of the things happened just as you read them, while others were created or embellished through the imagination God blessed me with.”
Again, I strongly recommend this book. I couldn’t put it down and read every spare minute I could . . . and yes, for those who know me well, you know that I even read while walking on my treadmill. If I could describe it, I’d say it was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. But I must add that it was also very educational.
You see, I’ve never done drugs (I very seldom take Tylenol for a headache!), so not only am I totally ignorant on the subject, I really have no idea what anyone on coke or any other drug deals with. To me it was unfathomable because I never experienced it. And now, although this is something I know I’ll never experience, I have a better understanding. I honestly never imagined what an addict goes through and this book helped me to gain that greater understanding, and better insight.
Someone very dear to my husband and I is on different drugs but my ignorance on the subject keeps me from saying exactly what kind they are. I think he’s on hash, but it could be it pot or weed for all I know. I guess he’s taking meth or was that mescaline? I’m not kidding, I really don’t know.
Until I read Mylow Young’s book, all I ever felt for this acquaintance of ours was resentment because he’s wasted a major part of his 50 years away yet complains he doesn’t have any money. As much as I hate to admit it, my response has always been the same (and not at all Christian-like, I’m sorry to say): “If he didn’t waste it on booze and drugs, he might have money.”
Today, I see him very differently and my resentment is gone. I see him as someone with a serious problem. Daily, I pray that he’ll someday overcome this addiction. Perhaps God will use me to talk to him about getting help, or perhaps He’ll put someone else in his path. Either way, I pray that this guy will find the help he needs, the help he deserves.
If there’s anyone in your family or circle of friends who’s battling addiction, read this book, and/or give it to them as a gift. It will change your outlook on the world of drug addiction. I know it certainly changed mine.
I’ve never walked in their shoes, so I’ll never be able to say I understand what they’re going through. But I can honestly say I now have a better understanding.