My eyes have been opened to dimensions of addiction I never knew about. One of the most practical books I have read in a long while, I expect to use it in my relationships with persons who have addictions. I recommend it to anyone wanting to better understand and relate to people in their lives who suffer addiction.
The debut novel that thrilled thousands of readers is back. It’s now better formatted, and includes a Foreword by professional narrator Scott Pollak.
Why does Scott love the book so much? In his words, it’s an “intelligent, believable, relevant masterpiece…”
Ordinary World tells the story of a rural family experiencing an economic collapse that affects every aspect of their lives. Food and fuel become scarce. Much that they take for granted is no longer available. It’s a scenario that both the Great Recession and the Covid pandemic have shown us is all too possible.
But it’s not just a dystopian novel. It’s a story of family, friendship, love, loss, and joy. Its characters aren’t perfect. They aren’t superheroes, and they don’t have superpowers or superweapons. They don’t have all the answers. They’re just a family trying to survive and take care of those they care about.
We still have copies of the first edition. They’re on sale for $9.99 while they last!
“If you thought you understood addiction, think again, and read this book. While this is a book by a fine writer, it is more importantly by someone who is himself in recovery. It draws on a wide variety of research and experience and avoids easy answers. A must read for the non-addict who is trying to understand the huge society problem of addiction.” –Russ Eanes, author of The Walk of a Lifetime
“The best explanation I’ve ever read about addiction for the non-addict.” –Ed Marshall, recovering addict
“Your style is lucid and compelling.” Brendon Walls, Catholic Charities
“This is one of the best overviews of addiction and recovery… It is very readable with examples throughout, and provides a good overview of various approaches to understanding and treating addiction with a fair critique of these. As one who has a doctorate in religion, I find your description of addiction to be realistic, convincing, and very helpful to recognize the god-like power that makes so much sense to the devotee.” Linford Stutzman, Eastern Mennonite University
Joshua Pettit is one of the best photographers I’ve seen when it comes to capturing the character and beauty of the southern Utah desert. We’re proud to introduce his second book, God’s Country a collection of 60 new photographs. The stunning photo on the cover is just the beginning!
“The book elucidates the agony of addiction in a fresh, new way. It emphasizes the role of trauma in setting the stage for debilitating behaviors, and explains the importance of community support in the healing process. With anecdotes of many people who grapple with addiction and have survived, as well as sad stories of addicts who died, this book provides healthy doses of grit and inspiration.” –Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
It’s available! In both paperback and Kindle formats. The Soul of an Addict: Unlocking the Complex Nature of Addiction, by D.J. Mitchell.
Addiction is more complex than it may seem. Written for the non-addict who seeks to understand substance addiction, The Soul of an Addict shows that addiction not just a disease or a choice. Using statistics, anecdotes from the lives of addicts, and the author’s personal experience with addiction and recovery, the book argues that addiction affects all aspects of human existence, including identity, purpose, life structure, and morality. It serves as a religion in the addict’s life, and any approach to recovery must also provide these essential needs. With one in seven Americans struggling with substance abuse, this book brings a timely analysis for anyone concerned about addiction.
“A must-read… As a therapist I will be recommending this book to my clients.” –Milt McLelland, CMHC, Roots Counseling Center
In this long-awaited sequel to Benji’s Portal, Benji and Lisa continue their adventures throughout the galaxy in their sentient spacecraft, Madarach. Lisa contracts a strange illness on a visit to a planet, and Benji’s friends ask for help ending war on another. Who can Benji turn to for help but Madarach?
Benji learns that Madarach has secrets. One of these secrets will change their relationship forever.
Elm, an Outlander and a deserter from the army, lives in shame and fear. If the King’s men find him, he will surely be executed. His one pleasure is an ancient and forgotten cave temple. There he dreams of better days, and of his landlord’s beautiful daughter.
Teha, Commander of the Army, owes his position and standing to the order established by the gods. When the King takes a heretical priest as an advisor, everything Teha believes in stands in jeopardy.
In a forgotten city in the mountains, an old monk uses spiritual gifts to seek an ancient prophecy of peace and justice. Aided by a mysterious old woman, he works to prevent a war in the realm of the gods that would devastate the world of men.
A routine decision by the King sends these three men on a collision course that will change the world.
This novel follows three men, and the women who inspire them, through tumultuous events in a world of swords and violence. It is a world of diverse gods, prophecies and mystery, kings and priests, and a world in which a few privileged people live in peace while the vast majority experience war.
I started this book almost thirty years ago. Inspired by a Hindu temple I visited in India in 1987, it became a complex work told in three voices. Yet though it portrays people who believe in different gods, it is also an allegory about how we view God, and about misconceptions of power and violence.