WALKING INTO ETERNITY
by David Agnew
Published by Flux Gallery at £15.50. 56 pages & CD.
THE BOOK AND ACCOMPANYING CD chart the author’s journey from the despair of rock-bottom addiction, through the pain and out the other side to recovery. Anyone with experience of addiction or who works in the field of recovery will find insight, comfort, truth and laughter here. Agnew’s short, sparse verse gets straight to the point as he describes the highways and byways of life, addiction and recovery. His rich Irish voice contains every emotion, dark depth and joyful height, as he journals from the early days of emerging from despair. The message is clear: it is hard, it is tough but keep going, persevere, do the work and trust – you will come through. He unfolds his journey into recovery, the glimpses of something better, and growing hope as his strength and health return. The message changes as his life expands from a simple yearning for freedom from addiction into a richer full life, with all its high and lows, one day at a time. To be moved and re-inspired as a professional, or on your own personal journey, I recommend this book and CD wholeheartedly.
The CD is particularly relevant for people in early recovery who might struggle with the written word.
Jane Sleven LMG couns BWY Dip teaches yoga, meditation and life skills in Bristol and the UK as well as India and Egypt