Posted by Alison Lopez-Ramirez on 29th Jun 2023
Chasing Gratitude is a gritty, no-nonsense look at a man's self-destruction, redemption, and restitution. Divided into 30 portions, it is suitable for devotional reading or group study.
For much of his early adult life, Douglas Boyer chased someone else's dream and ended up an addict and a prisoner. As he recognized what God had done for him and the divine purpose for his life, he left his former pursuit and began chasing gratitude.
Through the medium of free verse, Douglas paints a picture of his former life, which was painful for him to live. He pours out his confession before GOD and man openly, remorsefully, and bravely, as one who has been a prisoner sitting in "darkness and the shadow of death" (Psalm 107:14). Addiction, as defined by Romans 7:14–25, is powerlessness! Unless you have experienced it, you cannot academically or intellectually understand it.
Douglas assures those living the lifestyle of addiction, yet who desire redemption through Christ: You are not alone. He encourages the spouses and children of those living a lifestyle of addiction: Trust that GOD surely hears your prayers.
~ Dr. Neville Patricq Butler, Doctor of Theology, UCLA; pastor, Narrow Gate Church, Charlotte, North Carolina; co-founder, Unshackled Substance and Alcohol Recovery Ministry; former, felon, gang member, and addict
“…for those whose family deals with the horrors of addiction, it gives solace and hope. It will also give insight for professionals and non-professionals who wish to help people under the helplessness of addiction.” ~ Kevin Morgan, editor
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Douglas Boyer writes with sobriety and gratitude from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management. His favorite scripture is 1 Peter 2:15–17: “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”