Donna Collins Tinsley is a sister among you, a sojourner, who writes a word of hope for mothers who have been affected by the pain of addiction in their loved ones lives. She prays for them also through Somebody's Mother Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/.
She lives in Port Orange, FL and has been included in 17 book compilations, several magazines and online. She is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Jed’s story, my newest book review: "Break Out: A Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised and Expanded Edition
"Break Out: A
Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised and Expanded Edition
I love how the story
ends in "Break Out: A Criminal's Journey to Eternal Freedom" Revised
and Expanded Edition, by Jed G. Lindstrom. The new version expands on the
original writing done by Jed and Larry J Leech II. But really this story is
just beginning as there are great things on the horizon for Jed and his family.
Someone once said to
me when I told them about Jed and Lets Go Ministry, “His story is just like the
story of hundreds of addicts.” I didn’t have a good answer for them then, but
now after reading the book, I do. I say Jed and the power of the Holy Spirit
working in his life makes his story shine. And isn’t that what this world with
the darkness and pain that is all around us needs? A shining light to help lead
Another person that met Jed said “I knew I wanted to get to
know this man because something was shining from him.” I recently learned that
when he first came into our town he made sandwiches and gave them out to the
poor. To me, that is a beautiful act of worship to the Lord, as in Matthew
25:40: “And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the
extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of
them, you did it to Me.” I was familiar with some of Jed's story before I read
the book, having walked the streets of Daytona with him when his ministry
sponsored Motel Church a few years ago. Jed always has creative ways to spread
the gospel and to reach out to those that other people might bypass.
There’s a reason that everyone that meets him wants to book
him to speak. Larry J Leech II has beautifully crafted this story in his own
unique and awesome way.
You’ll meet Jed through the words of this book and find out
that his whole family shines! The pictures were an added bonus to getting to
know this family. I especially loved the addition of how the Lord brought Jed
and Erica together. There’s a lot more content and some beautiful pictures in
this book. Jed started a support group meeting in the Daytona Beach area called
Break Out and it has helped many people start or stay on a recovery walk.
Jed is a man who gives honor to a praying mom and this was
one of my favorite paragraphs:
“I’m so thankful that I had a praying mom who would not let
me go. Between the abuse I subjected my body to and dangerous situations I put
myself in, I easily could have died out there. The power of God is real and
active. If you are crying out to God for an addicted loved one right now and
are growing weary, don’t give up! They desperately need your prayers for divine
protection and for the Lord to awaken them to His call and vision for their
life.”( Jed page 54)
I so related to Jed’s miracle of a reunion in chapter titled,
“RESTORATION”. I’m very proud of his stand with this situation and Erica, his
wife, is one of the most supportive women I’ve ever met.
This book is easy to read, keeps your attention and will be
a blessing to many families. Jed writes out some helpful scriptures and The
“Seven Basic Steps to Follow Jesus” at the end will help those who are
struggling. Read this book then pass it along. That’s what I’m doing!