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"Train your mind and enlarge your understanding of the world around you and within you. Read, think and listen...Seek truth. And leave room for mystery - the truth that lies beyond our capacity to know...Be your self..." These are the words that Bill Moyers, nationally renowned adviser to Presidents, political genius and acclaimed author and journalist, writes to his son Cope at a critical juncture of the latter's life.
Cope Moyers initially loves growing up with a famous father and the privileges it seems to automatically confer. But as Cope reaches his teenage years, he begins to wonder who he is individually and what he will become. Thus begins the confusing, torturous, downward spiraling path that leads through cycles of drug addiction, attempted recovery, and temporary rebounding.
Cope has a flare for journalism of his own style but can't explore it while he is coping with a lack of faith in himself and God.
So what exactly marks this memoir as unique from all the other dysfunctional tales of hitting the bottom and recovery? Cope Moyers and his father as well come to terms with the true nature of addiction that clearly shows the ability to mercilessly plunge the depth of the addictive personality. The lies, delusions, distorted rationale and so much more are clearly explored and exposed in a fresh manner that will inspire both those living with this disease and those willing to accept the positive healing process that promises enduring recovery!
Very well done, interesting, shocking and mandatory reading for those willing to face the truth about the nature of being "broken."
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on October 7, 2007