CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): “It was originally written as part of a mental/emotional process of seeking to review and understand my life and how I might avoid a repeat of uncontrolled alcohol abuse.”
FACTS: Imagine this scene – “I was on my knees, hands cuffed behind my back, wearing shorts but no shirt, in the median of U.S. Highway 98. Blood was seeping from my left arm and shoulder where twice I had just been shot with a Taser gun. One of the arresting officers, Officer Gerry Crawford, said to me, “You used to be something. You were the hottest thing around here. Just look at you now. What happened to you? What have you done to yourself.” A respected judge, husband, father, and preacher had hit rock bottom. Writing this book was McGehee’s means to gain victory over his lifelong demons. The journey involved much introspection – considering his life experiences and his relationship with God. As he recalls the stages of his life, he emphasizes certain “waypoints” which he may not have realized at the time, but he now sees as important to his spiritual development. Memories of small town Mississippi and spiritual truths make this a book you won’t soon forget.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. If you are struggling, or if you know someone who is, this book can be an asset to the journey.
DISCLAIMER: I count Hollis McGehee as a friend.