Sometimes people come into our lives for a just a season or if we’re lucky, a lifetime. Either way our lives are forever changed. ~Erica Caligiuri
Back in the spring time I was invited to a fashion show fundraiser that helped support women who were bettering their lives through a rehabilitation program that was centered around Christian faith. I love a good cause and I also love a reason to give back. This was the perfect event and it came at just about the right time in my life.
I was brought up just like the majority of my friends as a Roman Catholic. I was involved in my youth ministry and truly believed that God was in my life. But as I got older, I completely lost sight of everything that I had been taught or sometimes believed in. And I now have changed my views a little bit, but for the better for me.
There have been so many things that have happened to me throughout the past 18 years that have changed me (thankfully for the better). And through out some of those events, I was angry with Him. Even though, He was always doing what was best for me (little did I know).
While attending the fundraiser in the spring for Teen Challenge New England, I was able to hear and meet some incredible women. These women had turned to drugs and/or alcohol to help them get through whatever crises they were enduring, and lost site and belief in anything until they entered Teen Challenge.
Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey provides youth, adults, and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to drug, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society.
I couldn’t help but be completely moved by their stories that I was then drawn to support them. This past month I was able to attend another fundraiser for this cause. I was moved once again by their stories of hopelessness to believing in miracles.
I was introduced to one their books (there are 3 in total), that contains real life testimonies. It will move you, and you won’t be able to do anything but believe in a higher power (whatever that may be for you).
I have read the second book, Changed Lives |Ten True Stories: From Addiction to Freedom and cannot wait to read the other two. They are not a series, so you may read them in any order. They are beautiful stories of men and women who thought there was nothing else left for them but to give up hope and not live (for some). Every story has a beautiful insight as to how He works in mysterious and amazing ways.
If you’re looking for a great read that is real and pure, this is the book for you. Also, if you or someone you know is dealing with any form of addiction, Teen Challenge is a wonderful site to start with. We can all learn a little something when we just have faith.