Item description for Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson...
Overview As the wife of a prominent attorney and the mother of two teenagers, Glennis Harmon lives the kind of successful, high profile life that many people envy. But when she discovers that 19-year-old Jacob is addicted to crystal meth, Glennis's perfect world shatters.
Publishers Description A Son's Addiction. A Mother's Heartbreak. A Family's Crisis. As the wife of a prominent city attorney and the mother of two teenage children on the brink of adulthood, Glennis Harmon lives the kind of successful, high-profile life that many people envy. But when nineteen-year-old Jacob is drawn into substance abuse, Glennis' "perfect" world shatters like a crystal vase rocked from its once-steady shelf. Glennis struggles to understand the response of her family as they seek to support Jacob's recovery. Her husband appears more concerned with protecting his image than with finding help for their troubled son, but Glennis becomes determined to save Jacob no matter what the cost. Stepping into a rescuer role, she unintentionally puts her relationship with her older daughter, Sarah, and her already strained marriage on the line-and a revelation about her husband will push her to the brink of what she can bear. How far should a mother go to save her child? A compelling, compassionate, and ultimately hopeful novel about the impact of substance abuse and addiction, "Crystal Lies" is an intimate portrayal of one mother's attempt to simultaneously love, trust, and let go.
Citations And Professional Reviews Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 10/01/2004 page 71
Booklist - 10/01/2004 page 300
Library Journal - 11/01/2004 page 68
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Oct 19, 2004
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578568404 ISBN13 9781578568406
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Drugs hurt everyone. Any questions? Jan 9, 2008
Glennis thought she had the perfect family. She thought everyone was happy and this was the way her life was always going to be. But then she learns her son has a drug addiction. And she will do anything to protect him and help him out. However, her husband wants nothing to do with him because it will harm his career. Her daughter blames her brother and mother for everything bad happening in the family. The family because ripped apart and soon Glennis finds out there's nothing she can do about it.
Are you a fan of happy books that sugar coat life and make you feel warm and cozy inside? Well then you will be in for a shock after reading this book. I'm not an expert on crystal meth so I learned a lot from reading this book. Reading about how the family got torn apart because of the drug addiction was very difficult. Everyone turns against each other, the family didn't have a good sense of unity. Since I've read many Melody Carlson books, I was prepared for a gritty, realistic story that would not hide back any details. Well reading this book was like a punch in the gut. The scene where Glennis finds the stash of needles under Jacob's bed and he keeps lying to her about them was very emotional. You really could feel her character wanting to break down at that point. Now there were times during the book where I wanted to yell at Glennis because she kept ignoring the signs of her son's addiction. Of course I know as a parent, there are times where you turn a blind eye because you want to see the best in your kids. It just made the story sadder because things could have been prevented if people had just noticed earlier. I think the best thing about this book is how realistic it is. There is a note in the beginning of the book where the author writes about how she knows what it's like first hand to be the mother of an addict. I believe this book should be read by everybody. It's a heart wrenching tale but the events mentioned take place every day. It's a sobering (no pun intended) read will really shake you up. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
Heart wrenching Jan 12, 2007
Melody Carlson was able to put me in the shoes of the one who loves the addict. I felt her pain, frustration, indecision, guilt and need to help. Codependency is almost as bad as being dependent. Thank you Melody for sharing a truly amazing and moving story. A must read for any mother of an addict.
great book Jun 9, 2006
As a woman married to an alcoholic, this is a great book. It deals very accurately with how addictions affect families and how they can deal with them in so many different ways. I am so glad this book has been written. Wish more were like this. I really recommend this book!!!
Wonderfully written, honest and accurate Jun 16, 2005
I've worked in the field of addiction for over 15 years and Melody's story Crystal Lies is an emotionally accurate and powerful illustration of the damage that drug addiction causes in families, right down to utter devastation. Especially intravenous drug addiction. Meth is one of the most destructive drugs available today. If one of my sons was addicted to that poison it would no doubt destroy me emotionally if I didn't have Christ to carry me through. Melody shows how God can use tragedy to grow the believer in their faith and how God uses the love and support of others to bring the hurting into a realm of healing. For any parent dealing with addiction or even the spouse of an addict, this book is a must. Excellent story.
Meth = DEATH Jun 1, 2005
This was a very quick and entertaining read. I didn't find out until afteward, but the author is known as a Christian author, and while God and church and faith were mentioned quite frequently in the book, it didn't take away from the plot.
It is about a family torn apart by their son's addiction to Crystal meth. It is heartbreaking at times and it definitely engages the reader.