He made bad choices. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV. Mistakes were made, and there were stops and starts, but the fundamental undercurrent of every story was always the same: These were individuals who actively chose to love Jesus Christ, and they allowed that love to profoundly change their lives. He had staggered into a Boston cop’s apartment, helping himself to the sellable stuff and all the beer in the fridge. Engaging and honest testimony of the struggle with addiction, Passionately conveyed ups and downs of life vividly illustrating the damage of substance abuse on individuals and families, A story of hope for every person caught in the battle for sobriety. Select the department you want to search in. This book is a testament to God's power and an invitation to all of us to hope in the darkest places. Against all odds he got clean, he got out, and he got the girl. Please try your request again later. Jim is the fifth oldest Wahlberg. But nothing could have prepared him for what came next. '”, But Jim’s own path to redemption and a life centered upon faith is only part of the story. His discovery that his own son was an addict threw Jim into a crisis""one that led him deeper into his faith and led to healing he never thought possible. Please try again. Instead, the priest was hustling him, offering him an unexpected opportunity to meet Mother Teresa, an encounter that set him on a course of redemption, love and hope. Jim is the executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, created to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations. I became one of those millions at the age of eight,” said Wahlberg. It’s a story of forgiveness and redemption and an example of how God can use anyone’s experiences to help others.”. I have always been attracted to the Catholic press because of our ability, our capacity and our calling to share stories of inspiration. Jim Wahlberg's first drink at age eight began a 14-year spiral of substance abuse, theft, and homelessness. Jim teaches us that anything is possible if we believe in the mercy, forgiveness and love of God. Today, Wahlberg is a speaker, writer, and founder of Wahl St. Productions, where he has created 10 films, including If Only (2015), The Circle of Addiction (2018), which was the recipient of the Storyteller Hope Award at the West Washington Film Festival, and his latest What About the Kids?, set to debut September 8, 2020. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. While Jim’s story is primarily autobiographical — and a page-turner of an autobiography, at that — it is deeply infused with faith. He got into trouble with the law. There was a problem loading your book clubs. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. It ends not with an exclamation mark on his own story, which he says is a work in progress, but with a call to action — really, a … And I can only imagine that he went back to his office and said, ‘Check that box — I got one. This is the no-holds-barred, unvarnished, and sometimes brutal true story of Jim Wahlberg, the fifth of nine kids growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic neighborhood outside of Boston, hustling for attention any way he could get it, which led him to the biggest hustle of his life. God bless you and pick up a copy of The Big Hustle, its worth the read and by the way Cenacolo is a great palce for struggling young men. Excellent! This man’s experience is the journey through the REALITY of addiction and the TRUTH of redemption. He didn’t know, though, that the Catholic priest he was trying to hustle was actually hustling him. Please try your request again later. He made bad choices. I saw saintliness,” Jim wrote. In my nearly 20 years in Catholic media, I have had the great fortune to put into words the stories of wonderful men and women who have sought to follow the Lord in their lives. Absolutely riveting!! ), Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Wahlberg also serves as the executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, an organization he started with his brother Mark to serve underprivileged youth in Boston.
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