As a child, Alicia Barber believed that a bright future awaited her. Blessed with devoted parents, a faithful best friend, a brand-new house in a well-kept suburban development, she had much to be thankful for. No one could have predicted the downward spiral her life would take as she was blindsided by one loss after another. In this gripping memoir, Alicia describes her descent into a lifestyle marked, and marred, by a litany of destructive behaviors: "Alcoholism, drug use, immoral sexual relationships (including those that were monogamous), having children out of wedlock, an affair with a married man, jumping from one relationship to another, nightclubbing, an abortion, and idolizing whatever mattered most at the time-you name it, I have just about done it all," she writes. All along, Alicia held on to the dream of having a loving husband and family, a decent house, and financial security. She wondered why God refused to give her the desires of her heart, never realizing that the way she was living all but guaranteed the loss of her dreams. And then, God's light began to shine in her life. True to His Word, He reached down into the depths and offered Alicia a wealth of gifts she could no longer refuse, including the truth that would set her free and the power to overcome the sin that had engulfed her-and the unconditional love she sought from her earthly father, the love that only her heavenly Father could provide. Today, a transformed Alicia Barber sees herself as God's minister to single mothers and the children of a fatherless generation: "I am here to share the challenges I had to go through...standing in the gap to speak up for those who have been lied to, deceived, and tormented by the enemy."
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