from beer to eternity

Gary is an alcoholic who has been sober for over 20 years. He is beginning to tell his story. Honest and relevant, this story will be one of heartbreak and healing. And of great consequence to me, as Gary is my Dad. He has only written the first two posts out of many, but I wanted to link to them here for those of you who may be interested in reading of the miracle of a changed life.


Click on the titles to read the first two posts in the series:

Gary starts getting drunk

I turn 21 and Dad takes me to “The Cozy” in the strip mall behind our house for my first celebratory drink as a legal-age real person.  I guess that’s how it started with him when he turned 21…

Like Father…

I’m in my teens before I realize Dad is an alcoholic, drinks pretty much all day every day, and is the unhappiest man I’ll ever know….


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing your dads story. My mother is an alcoholic and although I pray that one day she meets Jesus before she ‘meets’ Jesus, I find myself giving up. I long for that relationship that has never existed. People can change…God can do it. It’s just heartbreaking to watch your loved ones suffer a fate they are choosing and the worst, I believe, is still to come.

  2. says

    I love hearing your father share his stories on the radio. So much wisdom… but at quite a cost. How wonderful to see how our Savior can take a life, tranform it, and use it all to His glory as he had done with your father! My father was also an alcholic. Sadly, he took his life when I was 25. I still pray that he might have met Jesus before he did so. I appreciate your father and his willingness to share his story. (When I don’t hear him doing his daily on the radio in the morning, I pray for your family.)

  3. says

    Emily, I want to say something but don’t know what, exactly. My own father has been an alcoholic since his teen years and not one who will admit it himself or one that will ever attempt to stop. I am not, but saw too much of myself in him and quit drinking 6 months ago(probably unnecessarily and more because I was hoping really really deeply inside that he’d be inspired and quit with me – he didn’t). Anyway, I get emotional on the topic so I’ll stop now. But I want to say it’s wonderful to read your dad’s story so far. Thank you for showing us the way to it. And thank him for writing it.

  4. says

    It’s great that you both can share this story and is especially relevent to me – my dad was also an alcoholic. He wasn’t able to get control of his disease in time and was killed in a wreck while intoxicated when I was nine. We weren’t close since my parents were divorced but I am thankful that his actions didn’t cause harm to anyone else on the road.
    I’ll head over and read your dad’s posts – thank you both for sharing.

  5. says

    Thank you, my friend, for sharing. The lives that your dad has touched can’t even begin to be measured. Having had a grandfather that was an alcoholic, but accepted Christ at 70, my children are now the 3rd generation of children that have been freed from this deadly cycle. I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us with the breaking of that generational bondage. Your dads is a story of hope for so many that is can be broken….

  6. says

    Thank you for this Emily. My Mama’s story is the same but with a different substance.

    Jaime, I prayed for years, and God waited until His glory would be displayed the greatest. It was beautiful, and it still is.

    Love, Your Funk Soul Sister,

  7. says

    I remember sometime last summer, you did a post on your alcoholic granddfather which very much touched my heart. If I remember correctly, he took interest and encouraged your writing despite the alcoholism. That post inspried me to write a post about my alcoholic Dad. Although I ended up deleting that blog, I did print out that post before I deleted it. It ended up meaning a lot to me.

  8. says

    Not that this has anything to do with anything, but my dad’s name is Gary too!

    I haven’t read your dad’s posts yet, but I’m going to. I have an alcoholic uncle who recently gave his life to Christ – a true miracle.

  9. says

    Wow, your dad is a great writer. I see where his daughters get that writing gene from now.

    More, more, I want to hear more!

    My biological father was an alcoholic so I know what your dad is talking about. He sort of disappeared (on and off) from my life when I was fairly young, which was probably to my favor because it decreased the number of alcoholic memories I’d have to endure. He calls now and then when he needs me to perk him up or to relieve the guilt he feels for having abandoned me, but he never calls because he gives a hoot about me, only always for him. Sad. He’s missed so much, including two of the most awesome grandkids on the planet. I try to reach him for the Lord, but thus far he’s not interested. Prefers his god in a bottle.

    Nuff said.

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