Judith has a true talent for taking her life experiences and sharing them in a way that moves the reader or audience to take a look at their own life and take action. Her message is one that deserves to be heard.
—- Joan Koerber-Walker
The black void into which addictions led Judith Ann can never be forgotten by anyone who ever loved her. Addictions turned this witty, charming, funny, sensitive, literary and brilliant woman into a faithless shadow. The transformation was heart-breaking, extreme and terrifying. I am not a religious person by any conceivable definition, but I know the hand of God when I see it. This is a story of struggle and redemption and, most importantly, truth. Judith Ann and her daughter, Olivia, are living proof that unseen forces are always working (and in Judith Ann’s case putting in overtime) to fashion the perfect solution. If you need proof of a miracle, your search has ended. What a sad, inspiring, and ultimately lovely story.
—- Carol L. Vassallo
In spite of knowing better, I had to stop and remind myself repeatedly that this woman is no longer submerged in the agony she so vividly describes. The story is sad and sobering, though Judith is quite articulate and possesses a playful literary flair. The relentless need to write–even throughout her addiction and recovery–has supplied the raw material from which she draws frightening glimpses into her drug induced insanity. She weaves them into credible (incredible!) vignettes that give you a sense of her desperation and helplessness. That she survived to tell her story is miracle enough. That she tells it so openly and poignantly is remarkable. Judith Ann has much to offer any who would drink from the well of her experience. The woman at the well of Sychar believed in Jesus and discovered within herself a spring of eternal life. The Other Woman at the Well also discovered Life. Well done Jude, my friend.
—- Phillip E. Long
Judith Ann Hillard paints with her brush of experience a picture of the insanity of addiction that is at once ugly in its reality and beautiful in its redemption and hope. They say no one can describe the ranch like the cowboy who lived there and while, by the grace of God, Judith has moved into a new neighborhood she has not forgotten from whence she came. Perhaps this is part of the necessary process for remaining sober, not forgetting the past so you don’t have to repeat it. No doubt writing this memoir was cathartic for the author. It can be equally therapeutic for the reader who needs a shot of gratitude and to be reminded that, “but for the grace of God, there go I.”
—- Dan Gilliam
Judith, this book was a real eye opener to your suffering and pain of your addiction. I had no idea the pain that you and your family/friends have gone through and in some ways I am glad. The way you put your hand to paper (or computer) was truly like a song. Very well written but that is not a surpirse. You took the readers to places that exist under our very nose and led us out with charm, dignity and Grace (Olivia). Hopefully this story will inspire others with addictions to believe in Hope through Miracles. Keep up the sobriety.
—- Linda Lard