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Publisher:  Walk Worthy Press/Warner Books ISBN-10:  0446530344 Type: 
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Copyright:  Nov 19 2002
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Honest, caring, and inspiring, I SAY A PRAYER FOR ME also features special devotions to help you find your path and grow in God's love throughout your life.

"Walk Worthy Press Books remind us that in every area of our lives he truly cares for us." -Bishop T. D. Jakes

"To read of Stanice's ultimate triumph over addiction and self-destruction is to be reminded of the miracle of prayer, faith, and perseverance." - Renita Weams, Author of What Matters Most

"This is a book for the Christians and non-Christians who are running from the Creator as well as for those who are running toward Him...No matter where you are located spiritually, Anderson reminds us that it is still a journey. -Jacqueline McCullough, Pastor, Beth Rapha Ministries

"Don't despair...Where you are now is part of the journey you must travel on your way to the future that God has destined for you. Ahead of you is health, wealth, prosperity, and favor. Ready, get set...go! Ms. Anderson will show you how." -Dr. Wanda Davis Turner, Author of Even with My Issues and Co-Pastor, The Covenant Worship Center, Inglewood, CA

Christian Booksellers Association  Anderson, who overcame massive drug addiction, shows readers what God can do with a dead-end life. Her book chronicles her thoughts, fears, and joys without blinking. She never excuses her choices but rather praises God for rescuing her. If the book stopped there it would be powerful enough, but it doesn't. Anderson shows how God "restores that which the locust has" destroyed. She also provides readers with a close-up view of a God deeply interested in every facet of His children's lives. Each short, anecdotal, easy-to-read chapter ends with a personalization, prayer, and verse to ease home the Father's love for His children. Recommend to people needing a spiritual recharge or those wanting a gift for someone hurting.--Bianca Elliott

Publisher's Weekly One Sunday afternoon in the 1980's, Anderson locked herself in her deserted office suite, prepared some heroin and, after searching minutes for a usable vein, injected herself. Three days later she awoke in intensive care, recovering from an accidental overdose. A co-worker had found Anderson's nearly lifeless body and called 911. Though grateful for rescue, Anderson was hopelessly addicted. Even before leaving the hospital she was using drugs again, despite signing herself into the psychiatric ward for help.

Today Anderson, clean for 17 years, is an author (12-Step Programs: A Resource Guide for Helping Professionals) and motivational speaker who credits God, a treatment program, AA and a circle of caring friends for her recovery and for the subsequent fulfillment of her deepest aspirations. Each of the more than 40 chapters in the book tells a gripping personal story alternating devastating experiences of rape, abuse and failed relationships with inspirational accounts of miracles, forgiveness, successes and tough love. Following each story is a brief spiritual application, a prayer and a quotation from the Bible.

Combining African American preaching cadence and King James phrasing with a novelist's eye for dialogue, Anderson's stories bring to life her conviction that "when we ask God for a dream or vision for our lives, our prayers will not only be answered with tailor-made dreams prepared in advance for us but we will also be given absolutely everything that we need to realize the dream." Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc., Publishers Weekly

Booklist Anderson is a recovering heroin addict who offers an inspiring and compelling look at her long journey to self-destruction and her ultimate recovery through religion. Anderson chronicles her slow downslide from one drug to another, one thrill-seeking party and abusive relationship to another, until she overdoses on her job and nearly dies three times on the way to the hospital. She loses her job, custody of her child, and all sense of self-restraint before she finally gathers the courage to find peace in her relationship with God to recover herself and her life. She looks back on a life of 18 years of drug abuse, rape at the age of 13, a failed marriage, and abandonment of her child, and her eventual triumph. Anderson intersperses her recollection of treatment and recovery with Bible passages and affirmations. Readers with their own personal struggles will appreciate this profoundly inspiring story of recovery and redemption. Vanessa Bush Copyright © American Library Association. All
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BET.com chose I SAY A PRAYER FOR ME for their Best Books of 2002 list. "An uplifting story of self-renewal, self-discovery and spirituality, Anderson tells of her devastating decline -- from the depths of her heroine addiction and overdose at work -- and how her life subsequently fell apart in the aftermath. How she pulls herself together through her faith in God, drug rehab programs and help from loved ones, is truly a remarkable and compelling story, but most of all, it is inspirational and triumphant." Copyright © 2003 BET.COM. All rights reserved

Black Expressions More than a memoir, this is a devotional book for anyone needing encouragement. Stanice Anderson grew up with money and good, though not always attentive, parents. She lived a relatively carefree life until a chance encounter changed everything. Her introduction to heroin eventually led to a vicious cycle of addiction and a downward spiral of self as she lived through abusive realtionships and prostitution. Drugs killed the pain, filled the void and made her feel invincible. But then she found something stronger than smack: God. In this inspirational book, Anderson shows how her faith got her life back on track and how God can help anyone willing to put their trust in Him. Includes prayers, exercises and scripture references.

WAL*MART Now in paperback, Stanice Anderson's engrossing book offers lessons of God's faithfulness as she recounts her journey through addiction, tragedy, and pain to eventually emerge whole. When Stanice Anderson first began experimenting with drugs, she never imagined she'd become an addict; she just wanted to get her feet wet. However, she quickly descended into full-fledged addiction, becoming what she describes as "a lonely, desperate, moral-less, and bitter woman hell bent on self-destruction." Caught in a vicious and deadly cycle of drugs and abusive relationships, she almost didn't survive. But God had another plan. One day, while shooting drugs and watching television she heard someone on the 700 Club saying that God loved her, and slowly she began to undertake the arduous journey to reclaim her life. Offering reflections on her past and the prayers that got her through her darkest hours, Anderson delivers a message of inspiration and hope as a living example of the healing and restorative power of God.
 
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Allow me to introduce myself. I am that family member, co-worker, or friend who slowly, over time, began to get lost in a degrading, moral-less world. The person whose family, friends, and employers cried for the person I had been and the unrecognizable person I was becoming—a lonely and desperate woman hell-bent on self-destruction. And I am the family member, co-worker, or friend who at last discovered God's plan for her life and, finally, came home...

-from I SAY A PRAYER FOR ME


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