A Woman with an Issue: A Mother’s Memoir of Addiction, Loss, Redemption and Recovery By Angela B. Richey Braxton Reviewed by Simon T. Bailey, author of Release Your Brilliance That this book exists at all is a miracle. That it was ever written is astounding. This is the story of a woman who was so caught up in drug abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and loss that she never should have survived, much less lived to prevail as both an author and a social advocate. With a calm and simple eloquence that comes from hindsight and forgiveness, Ms. Braxton tells her story. But that is not to say we do not feel her agony. As she recounts her horrible cycle: alcoholism, cocaine use, treatment, the loss of her oldest children, more drug use, crime, prison, more treatment, more drug use, repeated beatings from men, more crime, more drugs, the loss of her youngest children, and still more drugs, we gasp, we weep, and we ache with her. So affected are we in the reading of the memoir that often we will it to be fiction, to turn out the way we want it to. But this book is the stuff of real life. And as such, it does not indulge, but rather leaves us dissatisfied. Not dissatisfied with the writer’s style or message, no, not that at all. But dissatisfied with our world, our society, and our selves. A Woman with an Issue arouses our sense of justice and compassion for all human beings, and we are not the same after reading it. If you have ever struggled with substance abuse or lost custody of your children, if you have ever felt despair so great you can’t climb out from under it, this memoir can offer you strength and tangible hope. It was written for you. But even if you haven’t, I urge you to lose yourself in Ms. Braxton’s biography. It has the power to revive, renew and restore your faith in the courage and goodness of humanity and in the love and presence of God.
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