Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Christian's Story

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Review - Christian's Story

About the Book
Interventions didn’t work. The first two stints in rehab didn’t work. Not even jail time could convince Christie L. Appel’s son to stop drinking. And who was most affected? His children.

Appel tells the story of what lead her son to sobriety through the eyes of her grandson in her new book, Christian’s Story. Throughout this emotional journey, Christie discovered there isn’t much assistance for children of addicts. She wants this book to help the smallest victims of addiction.

“When Keith started struggling with alcoholism it became a family problem, but we didn’t have the tools to make sense of it all,” says Appel. “It became clear that I was a co-dependent and an enabler. As a family, we all had to do our part.”

The Appel family wants Christian’s Story to bring faith and encouragement to children who have been affected by alcoholism. Their story has a happy ending and shows that miracles can happen.

“Addiction has been a generational problem with my family and it became time to draw a line in the sand,” Appel says. “It was a devastating time in all our lives, but we are recovering one day at a time.”

Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the alcoholic, but the entire family. Christian’s Story lets children know it’s not their fault and there is hope.

About the Author

Christie L. Appel is a practicing RN, CLNC at Yampa Valley Medical Associates in Steamboat Springs, CO. She was raised in Steamboat and continues to live there with her husband, Larry. Christie has a real passion for her family. She is truly blessed to be writing this story with a happy ending. By sharing this story, she tries to provide faith, hope and encouragement to all who read it.

My Take on the Book
This book did a great job of tackling a topic that in many homes is a bit taboo. Talking about the concerns and issues with alcoholism is something that effects so many families but is rarely something that is discussed, and instead it is something that is an invisible issue that slowly can destroy a family. What was nice about this story is that it gives hope to families that are going through these issues, and shows them that it is possible to survive this dependency and that a family can remain strong through this as well. This book was well written for a child in mind and I can tell that a child would relate well to the story, especially if they were living with alcoholism within their own family.

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