She’d known dozens of mothers who sacrificed their children on the altar of drugs. She was one of those children. And the drug pulled her under, she hated her mother … her brother … her captors … herself.
God was the only One who could save her now. But she didn’t even know if she was still on His radar.
Guest Reviewer – Judy George
There’s nothing better to me than a book that instantly has me falling “in love” with the main characters. Plus an added bonus of a story woven around a conflict that I have experienced personally or know someone close to me who has. Then – the cherry on top – as the story progresses I’m occasionally caught off guard with a truth about God. And if it’s a really good book, I will read it straight through into the wee hours of the night! Absolutely love Terri Blackstock as an author! All of her books have these components and Vicious Cycle is no exception.
In Vicious Cycle, one of Blackstock’s main characters is 15 year old Lance Covington. 15? I know, right? But he grabs my heart from the beginning. Actually, this book continues the life struggles of a single mom, Barbara, and her two teenage children. Her daughter, Emily, is about to finish a year in drug rehab when her 15 yr. old son, Lance, gets involved helping a young girl who is about to give birth, strung out on “ice” and who has lived in a drug invested home for years. As Lance attempts to help this young girl (who to his surprise has already given birth) he gets accused of kidnapping the baby and spends the weekend in “Juve”.
Blackstock’s description of the world of drugs is an eye-opener as she gets you emotionally involved in the story line. Barbara is a financially struggling single mom who goes to church regularly, works, helps out at the local rehab center where her daughter is, has a friend who is dying from cancer; but she reacts like most of us do when we are in difficult situations. She worries, she doubts and she prays. And did I mention there is a “love interest” for Barbara? How about some whipped cream with that Cherry?
This book is intensely personal. A love story. God’s love. A mother’s love. The love between a man and a woman. The love & attraction for drugs. A friend’s love. And most importantly – sacrificial love. A story about how far we will go for the things or people we love and the choices we make to get there!
Reviewed by Judy George
Publication Date: February 2011
Review Copy of Vicious Cycle provided by Zondervan
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