Amazing Grief: A Healing Guide for Parents of Young Addicts by Rev. Charles F. Harper, M.Div., has been selected as a winner of the USA Best Books 2011 Awards.
Reverend Harper is a spiritual counselor at the Betty Ford Center.
The publication took first place in the category of Health: Addiction & Recovery, according to Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News.
“Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape,” Said Keen. “Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s competition. Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”
Rev. Harper describes his book as “a hands-on, interactive guide that represents 30 years of working closely with addicted young people in crisis. As the title suggests, the 300-page book offers a powerful and hopeful refuge for parents who often have few answers for their agony outside of conventional and often very expensive treatment programs for their children.”
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Rev. Harper previously served as an advertising executive, senior pastor and spiritual counselor. He has worked with over 200 families devastated by the addictions and behaviors of their sons and daughters.
“Parents are the most neglected partners in the recovery of a young addict,” he says. “Yet a parent’s emotional and spiritual good health is essential to the recovery of their child. Specifically, an addict is twice as likely to recover when parents focus on their own physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.”
He articulates “11 Stages of Grief” to help parents cope with the loss of innocence of their children and the overwhelming guilt and shame they often feel after the shock of discovering that their son or daughter is an addict. Powerful exercises, meditations and prayers accompany a discussion of each stage of grief to assist families on their journey. The meditations and prayers are available as free downloads at www.amazinggrief.com. The book may be purchased through this website and will also be available after December 1 at B& N, Kendall and Amazon.