Writing from personal experience is both powerful and overwhelming. Giving your testimony is a way to share God’s redeeming love, grace, and mercy with others, by explaining your personal salvation experience. It gives others an example of how God changes lives. It can also encourage others to continue to press forward in their lives.
In his book, From Addict to Disciple, writer and author Isaiah Thomas Matthews guides readers on a bold journey to his turbulent past. It tells about unspoken truth and stories of his dark past as an addict. His story is a testament to God’s grace and how HE can restore a person’s life that was once severely broken due to addiction.
He writes: “As a recovering addict, I have discovered that I must rely on God's grace to get me down the road to recovery-a daily, moment-by-moment walk with Jesus Christ. His grace is undeserved favor and cannot be earned. God's grace is a free gift to each of His children. It's my choice whether or not I receive His gifts of grace, which include salvation, eternal life, deliverance from addictions, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Also, I have discovered that an attitude of gratitude is necessary for my recovery. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I am thankful in every circumstance because I am saved from the pits of hell due to my faith in Jesus Christ! Jesus did not have to do what He did-He died a horrible death on a cross as the final payment of my sins. Jesus paid the debt that I never could, which leaves me in awe and with a grateful heart for the wonderful things He did for me! Jesus deserves to be praised often each day! I am sure to thank Him for all that He provides, such as food, shelter, the ability to write and earn a living, the people in my life, trials, sickness, addictions, and salvation. The good and the bad combined help lead me to Jesus' saving grace.”
From Addict to Disciple is a testament that a broken life can be restored, if you are willing to allow the transformation. The author’s objective in this book is to provide vivid details of his life’s journey showing how he accomplished peace despite his struggles and challenges.
Matthews’s courage too candidly and unabashedly acknowledges his flaws and faults is the book’s greatest power. There is a stirring memoir chronicle the pain of dependency and the strength to persevere. It is highly recommended for those brave people who found the strength to save themselves when all hope seemed lost.
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About the Author
Isaiah Thomas Matthews was born on May 19, 1964 in Dixon, IL. He graduated from Polo High School in 1982, and from Sauk Valley College with an A.A.S. degree in 1990. He currently is a Bible student at Global University with the intent of becoming licensed and/or ordained. Matthews has been married since June 1, 1991, has one daughter who was born on April 3, 2001, and has been a recovering addict since 2006. He has been a born again child of God since 2004. Matthews has suffered through two car accidents. The second one left him with a permanent disability. Instead of being angry and bitter, he decided to seek the Lord in the midst of his pain and suffering. Matthews has suffered with an addiction to pornography since age 11. He battles addictions to food, sports, sugar, and work. Needless to say, he found Jesus Christ and discovered that he is a writer for the Kingdom of God, which was not his plan for his life. Matthews initially sought to be a weatherman, then a professional bowler, and then a high school math teacher, all of which were not God's plan for his life. God's plan included sharing with others what Jesus Christ has done for him and what the Lord wants to do for all of those suffering through addictions. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! It is the author's prayer that each reader discovers the unbelievable peace, joy, and freedom that is found in our great and awesome Lord, Jesus Christ!
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