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DIARY OF A BROKEN MIND: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind

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THE FUNNIEST, MOST POPULAR KID IN SCHOOL, Charles Aubrey Rogers suffered from depression and later addiction, then ultimately died by suicide.
Diary of a Broken Mind focuses on the relatable story of what led to his suicide at age twenty and answers the why behind his addiction and this cause of death, revealed through a mother’s story and years of Charles’ published and
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Beach Glass Books
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Tracie Johnson
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received Anne’s book the other day and sat down to read this morning. Little did I know when I picked it up I wouldn’t be able to put it down. It was like I was looking in the mirror A life with a very similar journey of mother and son. 20 months ago when I lost my son I begged my counselor to find someone that knew the Depth of the pain of the journey of addiction and loss of son to suicide and The call. A loss that is gradual from the Onset of addiction. The journey through the wilderness in ...more
Oct 08, 2019 added it
If you have a child with mental illness and/or an oppositional disorder, a challenging, talented and charming kid who will stop at nothing to get what he or she desires, then this is the book you MUST read. It is not a feel-good type book that will give you an easy solution to your problem, rather it is a searing account of parents' heroic attempts to save their son from drug use and self-destruction. You will laugh, cry and see your situation in these pages. Anne Moss Rogers shows us her family ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a departure.
It is a departure, certainly, for Beach Glass Books. Our catalogue is replete with coastal books and historical books. We have published children's books and books of true crime and essays, with novels on the way.
But never have we published a book like this.
Few have. This book is a departure even from others that one might think are in the genre. Books about the suicides of young people are available. But books that take a reader deep into the life of a family whose c
Carolyn Clements
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Charles's story changed me. He wanted to be well for so many reasons, his love of music, helping others, being funny and loving people. Unfortunately there was never the proper medical help for him. His parents did everything they could do to support him financially and emotionally only to loose him by suicide. It is an unnatural act for a parent to bury a child. This book is written beautifully by Ann Moss Rogers and her son, haunting to read at times. I could not put the book down and ...more
Connie D
As a parent who continues to walk this walk, Charles lyrics are compelling and help you understand the pain of depression coupled by the complexity of addiction...
Margaret Thompson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Families who have or are struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and suicide will find compassion and solace in this book, and those who haven’t will admire Anne Moss’ compelling and descriptive writing style, as well as her resilience and honesty. Anne Moss shines a light on our country’s broken mental health and justice systems in the book by recounting personal stories that will all at once alarm and disgust you. She is using her grief to try to help fix these systems, destigmatize me ...more
Mary C.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am an LCSW and college instructor in a Human Services program. This is a deeply moving book that I will be recommending to my students. It sheds a lot of light, not only on the struggles of an adolescent with substance and mental health issues, but on the complicated, loving, terrifying journey of the entire family. Although the story is tremendously sad, it also leaves one with a sense of hope that, through the author telling her son's story, other suffering young people might be saved. Highl ...more
Carol Goacher
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading “Diary of a broken Mind” From page 1 I was hooked and was drawn into the world of Anne, Charles and their family abd friends. I watched u tube clips of Charles and Anne and these made me feel like I was inside the book. Anne you are such an open honest Beautuful lady inside and out and this Book blew my mind. Charles you and your mum will help so many others by telling your story. Thank you 🙏✨
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully well written and tragically sad. Charles’ lyrics give strong insight into the challenges of living with addiction and mental illness. I cannot fathom the strength it took for Anne Moss to write this book and I am incredibly grateful that both she and her son have shared their stories in hopes of helping others.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, courageous, humbling. A difficult but important read. Anne Moss is an inspiration.
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Summed up in 1 sentence:
I think Charles would say, “Read it. It’s Dope”.

I’m not one to leave reviews for books (or anything else), but I felt compelled to share my thoughts on this one.

Those who relish putting together a challenging puzzle will find this book very engaging, as it offers (among many other things) a touch of mystery, as well.
The reader is accompanied by the author in her many, varied, and often unusual steps to fill in blanks of lost days (& sometimes weeks) when her son Charle
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a special education teacher, I am always on the lookout for parenting books that help my awareness of the various struggles that parents might be going through. With the explosion of young people wrestling to cope with anxiety and addiction, I try to educate myself with as much insight into those struggles. Diary of a Broken Mind opened my eyes to both the parental and child sides of the pain a family goes through as they navigate the uncharted territory of our inadequate mental health system ...more
Lee Anne
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it touched my soul. Emotions were pulled out of me that I have not expressed before. This is such a touching story but be prepared to feel like you haven't felt before while reading a book. Extremely well written. What seemed like such a normal family was a normal family but in crisis mode for years. The reader could feel the raw pain of the parents trying to help their child but each time their son would resort back to his old habits. In a world that is unsuppo ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was first picked up "Diary of a Broken Mind," because I wanted to support writer Anne Moss Rogers. But now that I have read her book, I am eager to invite others to do the same. Rogers tells the tragic story of her son Charles' suicide, as a result of depression and addiction. She is open and honest about Charles' struggles, as well as his family's efforts to understand and provide Charles with the help he needs. By including many of Charles' rap song lyrics, Rogers allows Charles to speak for ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotionally challenging book for me because of all my parallels in my own family. Sometimes I wonder how many more books I can read about tragedies in our families involving suicides, mental illnesses and drug use.

BUT ... Anne Moss Rogers' careful and considered writing and the amazing poetry of her son Charles' rap lyrics got me through this beautiful book of hope and meaning after I thought I would need to quit adding more of these stories to my already saturated psyche.

This is imp
Dink Friesell
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing

As a reader and a mother going through this very personal situation I believe every Counselor and Doctor in every mental health setting should read this book it is the very soul of a series of emotions that an addict goes through and it could help them save more of our youth which is leaving sadly on a daily basis because of dual diagnosis and no proper treatment each diagnosis needs to be identified and dealt with and believe me this takes years . Our law enforcement and
Mary-ellen Viglis
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I applaud Anne Moss Rogers for being emotionally naked regarding a subject that has been taboo for too long. As a parent of a young adult who suffers from Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness, I found this book to be gut wrenching and sad but also enlightening and helpful, knowing I am not alone. Often times I have the same questions and doubts she did. My life is at times a lonely and difficult place as I watch my beautiful son suffer from a disease that people mislabel all to often as a m ...more
Susan Casey
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST read for anyone who has had a child, family member or friend suffering from depression, drug addiction, and/or suicidality. Though it's a harrowing account of what the author experienced when her beloved son, Charles, died by suicide to end his own emotional pain, as a therapist, it was enlightening, heartbreaking, and chockfull of Charles' intimate struggle with depression. His haunting lyrics bring his story alive on the page that will help others understand the internal co ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My eldest brother had his own struggle with addiction and I found through reading this book that I had a clearer understanding of what he went through, and why he made some of the decisions that he did that hurt us. And why it took more than a decade for him to work through his addiction. I’m so grateful for that. This story is so relatable to many, of course unique in its own way. I didn’t expect to feel so strongly from it, but the writing and honesty touched my heart and brought tears to my e ...more
Stefon Dunkley
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is very touching and it is a big inspiration. Its a must read!!!! Anne Moss Rogers is a very strong brilliant lady and all that she went through with her sons death she is standing tall and giving back trying to help encourage those who has went through the same thing or know of anybody who has. I commend her for this book. This book should be rated #1 Best Book In The Whole Entire World. Thanks for writing this!!!!!!!
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a therapist and being in the mental health field for over 15 years, I really recommend this book. Anne Moss does an excellent job of describing her son’s pain and struggle through his music. It was well written and I didn’t want to put it down. I felt as if I knew Charles through Anne Moss’s descriptive writing. I bought two extra copies for my friends. I will give it to my clients too who struggle with mental illness, addiction and suicide.
Leigh Gage
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational book, how a mother overcomes a tragedy. Having been in the same situation myself, I know how hard it is to move forward with one’s life. Reading about others makes me realize what a systemic problem this is. And how Drs don’t know much about how to prevent suicide. Well written - we get a feel about how this tragedy can affect anyone. Depression affects the brain and love can’t save a person who is suicidal. Anne Moss Rogers is very brave.
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