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Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God's Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction

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What would you do if your estranged, homeless, alcoholic father suddenly showed up at your door? What if you knew in three weeks you would be saying good-bye to him forever? One daughter knows deep down that her only choice, for the sake of Christ, is to forgive—but how?

Adult children of alcoholics and addicts live caged in guilt, shame, depression, and other self-destructive thought patterns. In Three Weeks to Forgiveness, author Kimberly Dewberry addresses distinctive ways to identify forgiveness and create a healthy life through Jesus Christ. With real and raw reflection to empower those dealing with addicted parents, the author encourages readers to overcome the familial cycle of substance abuse and its devastating effects.

154 pages, Paperback

Published April 1, 2018

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Kimberly Dewberry

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65 reviews
March 9, 2018
For anyone that has ever been touched by addiction, this book is for you! Dewberry has shared her personal testimony in a way that will help you realize the effects of addiction in and around your life, and her personal journey to the other side, is an inspiration to all. I plan on getting this one for both my little ones when it is released in physical format. And I am so blessed to be a part of this book launch! I received an advance reader copy from the publisher.
Profile Image for Holly Waugh.
Author 1 book8 followers
March 29, 2018
Kimberly Dewberry is extremely vulnerable while sharing her story. She shares how being raised by her alcoholic father led to some poor decisions that she made as an adult. Most importantly, she shares how there is forgiveness and grace from the Lord for those decisions. They don't have to impact the rest of your life.

Kimberly also shares about the three weeks with her father where God blessed her with the opportunity to re-unite with him and find forgiveness in her heart. This is truly an inspiring story of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and redemption.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher
Profile Image for Melissa Henderson.
Author 7 books141 followers
March 9, 2018
Personal life journey account of the author through trials and tribulations and how she handled these situations. Learning how to understand and deal with someone who has an addiction is vital to understanding others and ourselves. Each person has their own way of coping with addiction. The author shares honest, heart wrenching details of her life and path to finding the love of God. Amazing book. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
Profile Image for Tanya Gioia.
3 reviews
March 1, 2018
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.

Gripping! I needed to read more. I rarely find non-fiction so enthralling. Kimberley is an awesome story teller. She moves you to tears and laughter all in the same page.

Kimberley weaves in God's glory through this tale of family love - family division- family reinvented. A enlightening picture of how we see ourselves. How we see God. How we want to value the love of family even in the "crazy times".

Purchase this book and get ready for a thrilling ride. Short enough to read in a morning but meaty enough to keep you thinking for the next several months!
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35 reviews5 followers
March 10, 2018
Three Weeks To Forgiveness: God's Redemption In The Dark Places of Addiction, is one woman's true story of how the grips of addiction tears families apart.

Kimberly Dewberry is a master storyteller, and powerfully shares the pain, turmoil, chaos, guilt and confusion caused by this horrible disease. Kimberly writes with vulnerability and transparency, her life long battle of being a child of an alcoholic and addict, and how it impacts not only the victim, but the entire family. You will laugh, cry, grieve and celebrate with the author as you read this book.

At the end of each chapter is a section titled: "Where Was God?" Kimberly uses Scripture and words of wisdom to point out that even in our deepest, darkest times of despair, doubt and desperation, God never leaves us! He is always there, waiting for us! We can get so wrapped up in trying to figure out ways to stop the insanity in our lives, and when we finally surrender our will and our lives to Jesus Christ, He truly will meet us right where we are and lead us to grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and redemption!

While reading this book, I knew I was reading Kimberly's story, but I felt like she wrote my story. This book is such an amazing reminder to me that we are not alone.

If you are struggling with addiction, or if you are a child of an alcoholic or addict, or know someone who is, this book is a MUST READ! Addiction is such an epidemic in our society today, and Kimberly Dewberry has written this book at the perfect time!

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
March 1, 2018
"Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God's Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction" is a heart-wrenchingly raw and vulnerable depiction of the pain, loss, chaos, and confusion caused by addiction. Dewberry masterfully portrays the life-long struggles that impact both the addict and their family members. She opens up about the lies, shame, and guilt that are imprinted in the minds of the children of alcoholics/addicts, trapping them and keeping them stuck in their own unhealthy patterns. But we are not left with the destruction of addiction...Dewberry graciously and compassionately shares her journey to forgiveness, hope, and the freedom that can be found only in surrender to Jesus Christ. If you have struggled with addiction yourself, or are the family member of someone who is trapped by addiction, this book will touch the depths of your soul. Additionally, if you know people who are affected by addiction in any way, this book will open your eyes and help you to gain understanding and compassion for those who are impacted by addiction. A must-read for anyone addiction has touched!
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
April 5, 2018
It's an amazing story on a girls journey on the road to forgiveness. The author takes us through her story of having an addict as a father. But God had a different journey for her the road to recovery ,healing,and forgiveness.Kimberly had to go through many of obstacles to get to where she is today. This book has hit home to me in so many ways. Learning to deal with a parent with addiction isn't something we want to deal with . Read the book look at how Kimberly overcame adversity. A big Thumbs up !!!!!, a must read...
I received an Advance copy from the Publisher, looking forward in receiving the Book.
56 reviews
March 29, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am not an ACOA, however, I have known and loved those with addictions and alcoholism specifically hits close to home. I could really relate to this book and was in tears several times as I identified with feelings that the author expressed. Ms. Dewberry has a way of telling her story that draws you in and keeps you turning the pages until the last one. I went through the book pretty quickly because I had to know what happened next! One aspect of this book that I really liked is the "Where Was God?" portion at the end of each chapter as the author looks back on each vignette and explains clearly that God was there...all the time.

I will read this one again!

*I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
Profile Image for Shannan Williams.
Author 3 books35 followers
April 1, 2018
In Three Weeks To Forgiveness author Kimberly Dewberry shares her story. It’s real, raw, and honest truth about what addiction can do to a family. In this case it was alcohol, but this could go for any type of addiction I think. I have come face to face with alcohol and drug addiction by people that were very close to me, and this book describes it so well.

I love how the author also tells how she needed to forgive and could only do that with God’s help. This book is a must read if you or anyone you know has gone through something like this. Sometimes it helps reading someone else’s story to see that there is hope. I personally think that this is one of those books that could be a life changer for someone finding themselves in a similar situation.

I highly recommend this book and it gets 5***** from me. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher and this is my personal honest opinion.
1 review
March 19, 2018
Today there are thousands of adult “survivors” that were raised with an addicted parent and/or parents.

Kimberly Dewberry’s new book Three Weeks to Forgiveness tells of her childhood struggle raised in a home with an alcoholic father. And then marrying and carrying this same cycle into her adulthood. And also learning that co-dependency is as much as an addiction as the alcohol.

Kimberly writes “through the pain, struggles, divorces, bad decisions, hurt, guilt, regret and grief; God never left or moved away from me, I moved away from Him.

Receiving an advance reader copy, this book stirred up emotions in me to want to write my story. I too, have had the very same struggles as Kimberly in my childhood and adulthood.

In Mark Batterson’s book Draw the Circle he writes, “When we share a testimony, we are loaning our faith to others. If we don’t share our testimonies, we are robbing God of the glory He deserves.”

Kimberly Dewberry thank you for sharing and writing this book and giving God the glory He deserves.
1 review1 follower
March 21, 2018
I had no intention to sit down and read Three Weeks to Forgiveness cover to cover in one sitting. Kimberly Dewberry story drew me in Help, Healing and Hope are in these pages. Reading about forgiveness is one thing but the way Kimberly will walk you through her journey is another thing. She doesn't sugar coat anything. Her journey to redemption is very compelling. I love how she will point out Where was God?
This book is life changing.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher.
March 19, 2018
In this book, Kimberly displays “true, raw emotions” that are felt by adult children of alcoholic parents. Kimberly’s story is an excellent example of God’s redemption and true forgiveness. I especially love the “Where Was God” section at the end of each chapter, as it really makes you take the time to stop, pause, and think about the topic that is being related to the scriptures. As a Qualified Mental Health Professional and a Ministry Leader, I recommend this book as a “healing resource” for adult children of alcoholic parents.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
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3 reviews5 followers
March 17, 2018
I experienced every emotion reading this book. Beginning with the introduction, I cried. Honestly through the middle, I was repulsed and angry and wondering where to find hope in this story. Finally it came and I found the truth: get out of the way, release control and let God work. What a beautifully ugly, painfully joyful story of redemption, not our way but God's. And that is the truth in it all, but God...
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3 reviews7 followers
March 29, 2018
For anyone who has ever searched for God in a dark place, for recovering addicts, or for someone who has dealt with a family member’s addiction, this book is sure to enlighten you. The author describes her experience growing up in a household with an addict and the toll it took on her life. She bravely describes how that environment affected her family, feelings, behaviors, and life choices. Reading this book from her perspective really allowed me to get a glimpse of how addictions affect the entire family.
Most importantly, the author describes her journey to find peace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I empathized with her struggle to find God in the dark places. I really liked how the author uses scripture in the book to describe what she was learning about herself and who she is in Christ. These truths apply to everyone; the addict, the families of addicts, and anyone on a journey to find God in a difficult season of life. I strongly recommend this book.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher.
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48 reviews
April 4, 2018
This book tells the story of the author's struggles with addiction and forgiveness. The reader gets an all access pass into the heart of the author. I really enjoyed this book because I could relate so much. I have never experienced addiction, but I have struggled with loss and forgiveness. I gleaned so much from this book. It is a must read!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher.
March 30, 2018
Three Weeks to Forgiveness shines redemption in any circumstance. No matter what background you grew up in, every family has it's dysfunctional seasons. I experienced hope, knowing I'm not alone in this recovery process. When reading each page it was as if I was breathing in fresh air. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher.
5 reviews1 follower
March 22, 2018
Stories are powerful. Reading Kimberly’s story of growing up in the home of an alcoholic father, escaping that home, and then being reunited with her dad years later was intriguing. She keeps the reader interested with her dialogue and description. The story moves quickly and God is ultimately glorified through Kimberly's relationships. I love testimonies that tell of God's faithfulness!

I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
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2,028 reviews68 followers
June 6, 2018
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/18)

“Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God's Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction” by Kimberly Dewberry is her compelling journey to forgiveness and healing. Kimberly is the child of an addict. While she was growing up, she got to see both the good and the bad sides of her father. At times he was a hardworking man and a loving husband. Then there were other times where he would leave the house and disappear. Frequent let downs by his addiction caused her to develop negative feelings about herself including shame, hurt and unworthiness.

This had a huge impact on Kim’s personal relationships. Her feelings of unworthiness kept her from making the best choices regarding some of the men in her life. These feelings also caused her to run away from her first love. Years later, they were able to reunite and are still married today. During her darkest hours, Kimberly found herself stepping away from her faith, even though this is when she needed it most. When Kimberly’s father re-entered her life he was terminally ill with cancer. She was able to bring him to her home for the last three weeks of his life. Her mother was also able to reunite with him at this time. Kimberly’s return to her faith helped her get through these tough times.

This is a powerful story. Readers will witness clearly how families are impacted by addiction. Kimberly shows us the father that she adored and the man who succumbed to his addictions. The love between her mother and father was heart wrenching because even after years of being separated, it was obvious that they still loved each other. The healing power of Kimberly’s faith shines through her journey as well.

In “Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God's Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction” Kimberly Dewberry shares her life story with candor. She includes both the good times and the bad. Having reconnected with her faith, she includes prayers and meaningful bible quotes. She is also able to end the cycle of familial dependence. Kimberly’s faith based journey to healing with her father and her family, will help inspire others who are trying to find a way to recover aspects of themselves that were lost due to dealing with addiction.
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256 reviews6 followers
April 5, 2018
If you are dealing with pain from growing up in a life of dysfunction and there is forgiveness needed either for yourself or those who hurt you then please read this book.
It is real, raw, and honest about life with addiction. The author shows us how life can sometimes be when growing up with an alcoholic parent but that there is redemption for us all. Through sharing her journey in life she is a great example of what it is like to walk in forgiveness and healing.
I will be ordering a copy to share with others.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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