Published by Lucas Lane Publishers on June 8, 2013
Genres: Non-Fiction, Biography
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Mac and Mary are in high school when they fall in love in the 70s. Knowing the disapproval and shame a teenage pregnancy will bring, they keep it a secret from their church and from most of their family and friends, and make the heartbreaking decision to give up their baby for adoption. Eventually they marry and begin their life together, but before long fun-loving Mac isn’t just a guy looking for a good time…he’s a meth addict.
God has a plan, however, and His timing is perfect. When Mac wakes up to the mess he’s made of their young family’s life, the couple seeks solace in their church and in recovery, beginning a miraculous journey that neither of them could have imagined.
A story about a family’s hurts and a father’s habits, transformed by God’s healing power.
I’ve been a Travis Thrasher fan for a long time and have followed him in and out of genres—horror, love story, novelization, adventure, suspense, whatever. He has a way of making stories come to life so that they seem real. So when I heard he was working with Mac and Mary Owen on a biography of their life, I was exceptionally curious how he’d handle a real life story. The answer, of course, is exceptionally.
Mac and Mary’s story begins in May of 1974 when they were in high school. Love is in the air and soon Mary’s good Christian sensibilities are rocked by Mac’s more hard-partying nature. It didn’t take long before the two succumbed to temptation and Mary found herself pregnant. She tried to hide it at first, but that could only last for so long. The two give up the baby for adoption, convinced they’re doing the right thing but still saddened by their loss.
Eventually they marry and begin to build a life together, but the fun-loving and hard-partying Mac has taken a dive off the deep end into drug addiction. Before long, he’s shooting up meth and mostly oblivious to the world around him. But life continues on, and the story is told from both Mac and Mary’s perspectives as they try to cope with life.
But God’s plans are wonderful. Mac decides to turn his life around and recovery begins right in their church, launching a miraculous journey neither of them could have expected. Mac, the former addict, becomes one calling others out of addiction. Soon, their influence grows beyond their church and they join with Celebrate Recovery to tell their story and spread their message.
There are things I won’t say about the book for fear of spoiling the story, but just let me say there are twists that no fiction author could have imagined. Their story is truly one written by a Grand Storyteller who lovingly called and knocked and pleaded until they finally answered. It’s more than a story about recovery from drug addiction, it’s also a story about turning evil into good, past sins into a future ministry, and the miraculous power of God to bring families back together. Make no mistake, you will be left in tears. Both tears of empathy through the pain and tears of joy through the recovery. Never Let Go is an absolutely amazing story written by an absolutely amazing Storyteller.