Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Free Man Walking by Andy Nieman

ISBN #: 978-1621371663
Page Count: 270
Copyright: November 16, 2012
Publisher: Publishing

(Taken from back cover)

Over 10 years in prison. Hooked on heroine, cocaine and drugs for 23 years. A chronic alcoholic for 27. Homeless. Eating out of garbage bins. Born into an alcoholic home. Molested by a pedophile in a residential school for three years. Surviving on skid row for 10 years. Living with the threat of suicide on a daily basis.

Now this same person has a university degree, is a pastor, an officer of the Legislative Assembly, a poet, a husband and a father. This true story will give you a unique look into a world few know about or experience.

Once you read this book, you will know God is real. You will be left with no other alternative because this story will touch you like you never thought possible. If you are a chronic alcoholic or drug addict whose life appears to be totally hopeless, or if you are living with one, this is a book for you.

Charlene's Review:

Mr. Nieman tells the story of his life without regrets or excuses. Raised by an alcoholic mother and an oft-absent father, he took to the streets early in life and soon found himself hooked on drugs. The story that follows is a story of God working behind the scenes, Mr. Nieman's struggle to survive, and the eventual redemption from drugs and poverty.

I especially enjoyed the poems that Mr. Nieman opened each chapter with. Mr. Nieman writes with brutal honesty and sincerity. The writing itself is not always "literary" but the story is told with raw emotion and lends you to overlook the small details. Being a conservative Christian, I also struggled with his theology a bit, (he being Pentecostal) but the basis of his renewal is a beautiful testament to God's love and his ability to meet us where we are and transform lives.

*A physical copy of this books was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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