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5 Stars Out Of 5
May 7, 2010
I read this book a while back but was thinking of it again today. It's terrific! The story is compelling, the characters believable and well developed and it's enjoyable all around. For me, it expanded my views and helped me to have more mercy for addiction and how easy it is to fall into and also how to love the people in your life through addiction. Read it. Enjoy it. Pass it on!
Great book and insight into gambling. If you're addicted this book is a great read and of great help to "see yourself" and how it could end up. The beginning was a little too detailed about their lives, but it got a whole lot better after the first few chapters.
This book was quite an education on the addiction of gambling - and how something that could start as something so small turned into something so life altering. Definitely a book to make you think about this gray area in life.
Addiction is a difficult thing, and Going for Broke is a fabulous glimpse into the life of a decent person who develops a compulsion to gamble until she no longer recognizes herself. Much like cocaine or heroine, the compulsion will eventually take over and swallow the person whole. The author does a wonderful job of accurately portraying how someone can sink so low and go so far as to being willing to do just about anything for their "fix." The rationalizing thoughts, the desire to be secretive, the withdrawal from friendships and support systems...it's all there.Like one of the endorsers wrote on the back of the book, this story is addicting. I stayed up late and woke up early until I finished. The tension just kept building and building, but not once did Leia become unlikable. Of course the reader will want her to snap out of it, but the author takes you to the place where you develop compassion for Leia, and that's not an easy thing to do. I didn't get the urge to slap Leia. Not once. I had thought about slapping her husband, though, and beating his friend senseless, but you have to read the story to find out why.Overall, I'd say that Going For Broke is the best story I've read about the cravings that addicts have for gambling or any other vice. Gambling destroys lives and dignity and this story brings the reader right to the edge with Leia. What I liked best about the story was the honesty. There were no quick fixes, and while God holds people accountable for their mistakes, He will redeem anything and will meet us where we are if we would only trust in Him and not ourselves. I love edgy stories that illustrate how God even uses the muck in our lives to create something beautiful that will glorify Him. Going for Broke did that, and then some.