One woman details her journey of finding Jesus, overcoming alcoholism, and helping others do the same.
Litchke spent most of her life as a high-functioning alcoholic. In this debut, she first shares how she endured her son’s turbulent teenage years that were filled with heartache and uncertainty because of his struggle with addiction. When he was sentenced to prison for marijuana possession, it was a turning point for both mother and son. Litchke writes, “I hit my knees and gave my life to Jesus.” She transformed from a helicopter parent to one who put her trust in God. Over a year later, she finally faced her own alcoholism and made a decision to get sober. In addition to attending a 12-step recovery program, she strove to replace her drinking habit with baking cupcakes and creating inspirational bumper stickers. She also discovered yoga, which played a vital role in her personal and spiritual development: “I had finally created a space to accept myself without judgment….I think God just wants us to create a space during yoga to invite Him in.” Yoga and counseling gave her the courage to approach her husband about his drinking problem and assist him in his recovery. Litchke’s candor, especially about her parenting mistakes and alcoholism, brings power to her words. Her conversational, gung-ho writing style may inspire like-minded Christians but will probably turn off others. For example, she says that she used to think born-again Christians were “weird” until she became one. “I love being weird. I just love Jesus! I am a Jesus junky for sure.” Because the topics are so varied—parenting, alcoholism, cupcakes, yoga, Jesus—some readers might skim sections that don’t particularly interest them. That said, the book carries great value as a clear-cut, real-life example of recovery from addiction. Also, sweet-toothed readers will enjoy the cupcake recipes that accompany each chapter.
A mishmash of lightly sketched topics but still a beneficial, uplifting memoir of recovery.