Synopses & Reviews
Once it was normal for Mark Edick to live his life in fear--always running, always reacting, and usually acting out in destructive ways. Through learning how to live in the principles of his recovery, he found that fear can be felt, faced, and used in healthy and productive ways. The author gets to root of his fears and explains how he was able to view his fear in a new, more positive light and use it as a tool to shape the life he always wanted, but did not think he could attain.
Fear is a narrative reflection of the author's understanding of fear and how he learned to subdue and use it to his advantage. His down-to-earth approach and his examination of destructive thought processes bring fear in its many facets into focus.
"Edick follows up on 2010's Becoming Normal: An Ever-Changing Perspective with this earnest and tender memoir of his struggle to take control of a life governed by fear. He notes that fear is essential to human survival, but that in some people it creates a paralysis that keeps them from living. Edick used drugs and alcohol to cope, but his book is also addressed to those who deal with fear by simply avoiding risk. He details his years of overcoming substance abuse with reminders about the myriad stages to recovery, including the danger of becoming too confident in one's successes: 'My ego can take control and tell me I deserve to have life handed to me on a silver platter. After all, I quit using, didn't I?' The importance of a sponsor is stressed throughout, as well as the support of friends and family, and faith in a Higher Power, as Edick learned in a 12-step program. The author does not claim to be a professional therapist, but rather a normal man who was unable to function because of fear and self-doubt. His recovery is ongoing and his story should provide both inspiration and comfort to individuals dealing with the specter of fear themselves, or those whose loved ones live in its shadow.
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Language is easy to read and follow.
Practical advice on how to process fear and use it constructively.
A poignant and moving account of the author's journey through recovery and his struggles with fear. Includes wisdom gleaned from his life experiences and his twelve-step recovery program. The reader learns how to feel their fear, face it, and continue to grow.
About the Author
Mark Edick: Mark Edick is an author in long-term recovery and is a retired auto worker. His first book, Becoming Normal: An Ever-Changing Perspective, was published in 2010. He has an Associate of Arts in Human Services from Lansing Community College and is currently pursuing a second Associate's Degree in Creative Writing.
Edick resides in Lansing, Michigan.