[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of ” Addiction” Grace of the Green Hero” by Mervin Timothy Reyes.]
3 out of 4 stars
Review by Rachaelamb1
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Green Hero by Mervin Timothy Reyes is the life-story of a man who has struggled with and overcome addictions.
Mervin grew up in a Christian home in Belize. He was naturally rebellious and in trouble so much as a child that he was eventually sent to a boy’s juvenile facility. There he excelled and became a responsible young man. Eventually he joined the Belize military and became a soldier, or Green Hero. A bad marriage, alcoholism, and an introduction to cocaine set him on a downward spiral that nearly destroyed him. Throw in a few robberies, incarceration, escape, and treks through the jungle and this is a fascinating story.
Mervin’s story is also one of faith. Throughout his life, he has always had some sort of belief in God. As a young boy he would pray and desire to know more about God. As a young adult, he received Christ and was baptized. As an adult he rebelled against God for many years, but he knew who to turn to when he hit rock bottom.
This book touched me personally because I have a father who is addicted to drugs. Reading about the author’s life helped me understand a little more about my father. I used to work at a prison aftercare ministry and have heard many stories. I thought “Addiction” of the Green Hero would be a similar tale. Boy was I wrong! It is entirely unique; from his upbringing all the way to the end. I find it most encouraging that his recovery from addiction does not happen overnight. It takes years of trying and failing. It gives me hope to never give up on anyone who struggles with addiction. For all I know, their healing may just be around the corner.
Mervin T Reyes
My E-book Review of “ADDICTION E-BOOK written By Mervin T Reyes
I read the addictions e-book and it totally transformed my life . After reading this amazing work and testimony of Mervin’s life story, I was moved and realized that anyone can heal from addiction if they really want to do so. All they need to do is find help and be determined about their sobriety as Mervin Shows us in his e-book.
Maria Caterina Vetro
Board of Psychology Italy
Addictions was always present in my life from the day I was born. I was originally predisposed to this deadly desease which ultimately killed my father at an early age,too early for me to even know him. From there on in m y life addictions was ever present. Sometimes it was heavy and obvious and other times it new how to conceal itself . After thirty plus years of batting this deadly desease I can truely say I am healed and free. Here is my short look back video
Mervin T Reyes
The sudden and untimely death of my father, which occurred on September 15, 1972, struck pain into the hearts of all who dearly loved him, but none more so than my dear mother. At the young age of twenty-five, she was now a widow left alone to play both paternal and maternal roles in the life of her only child. Only three months old, I was at the time oblivious to the early loss and challenges of that harsh reality. In retrospect, I can say my mom handled the situation the best way she knew how. She was not only a strong woman but also a well-schooled and intelligent individual who knew that life had to go on despite the tragedy. The last thing on her mind was the grim reality that her newlywed husband would pass away at the young age of twenty-two.
Her profession as an elementary school teacher meant I wasn’t the only child she had to mother in a certain sense, and this she did well for the next decade in various locations throughout the country of Belize working for the Methodists’ Mission. Our home was in a small beautiful village called Burrell Boom, located some twenty-five miles from Belize City, which is the center of trade and commerce for the tiny former British colony, a Central American and Caribbean country. For the remainder of my life, I would only know my father by the words echoed to me by my mother, family, friends and a damaged black and white photograph that vaguely revealed the left portion of his face with a cigar hitched between the plump lips of his mouth. Yes! That was the only tangible memory he left behind for us.
Mervin T Reyes