Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope

Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope

By   Publisher  Word Among Us Press

ISBN  1593252951

ANSI  1593252951

Published in   Non Fiction, Religion Spirituality, Self-Help,


We all know people who struggle with addictions. Sometimes they are our dearest loved ones. We often feel helpless in the face of their struggle, and yet our prayers are the best weapons we have to help them break free. Anne Costa shows us that we can cooperate with God’s grace as we wait in hope for healing to come. And as we wait, our prayers will help us as well.

As someone who herself struggled with an addiction for ten years, Anne Costa writes with wisdom, experience, and conviction and helps us to view our prayers of intercession as a mission of love, mercy, and hope.

Features a weekly Scripture verse that readers can pray, claim, and reflect on, as well as two simple prayers to pray that same week.

A powerful message that will resonate with readers.

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

A prayer-packed resource of practical suggestions and spiritual strategies to bring hope, wisdom and healing for those who are coping with someone else's addiction.

Do you write full time or part time

I write all the time!

How do you structure your day when you write

I work part time now but I wrote my last four books while I was working full time in a high stress job! At one time I was writing two books at once. I write first thing in the morning and most of the weekends. Sometimes I take a week by myself at my cottage and write for 12 hours at a stretch. Whatever it takes!

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I write because it is how Jesus speaks to my heart and how I can share His love and concern with others.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

Just finished two books. The one featired here and another one entitled Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart Devotion. It will be available March 2017.

What inspired you to create this book

This book is something I've lived. I grew up in an alcoholic family and then became one. I've been sober for 26 years by the grace of God and my life has been completely transformed. The power of prayer is real and I wanted others to know and experience that hope.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

I'm a non-fiction writer of inspirational and motivational messages. Words have had a great influence in my life, both positively and negatively and I wanted to tip the scales in the right direction.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

For my last book, the one that's not out yet, I did a ton of research because it's an essential guide about a centries old devotion so there was a lot to it. Fir thus book, my life was the research!

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

I'm a more relaxed and direct writer. Every book has meant taking a risk to grow personally and that's made me a better writer, I think.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

The hardest thing was trying to figure out the structure and format. I had the book halfway written in a certain way and then decided to completely rehaul it and change the way I presented the information.

What was the most rewarding

I ve already heard how the book has helped people and it's already going to a second printing after less than a month on the shelves.

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different


Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I plan...I do alot in my head before I ever commit to writing in down. I deliberate, percolate and churn ideas around for quite a while .

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Not enough. I am a speaker too so I get to meet them sometimes.

Do they influence your writing

Yes, my second book Lord I Hurt! The Grace of Forgiveness and the Road to Healing was requested by a reader of my first book.

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

I never have been. I think it's good for creative or fiction writers, more so.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

I do. I've worked with a few editors. Most of them have been very respectful of me and my opinions but this is what I believe. They are purchasing the book, the manuscript and investing the funds. They are the experts. I am there to give them what they ask for. That's not to say that I haven't argued for my way a time or two, but ultimately it's their call.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

I love poetry so many contemporary poets... Margi Piercey, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath...the Confessional poets and the writings of the Car m elite Saints...How's that fir a contrast!

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Do it. Just do it. Wear a sandwich board if you have to.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)

Always traditional so far. I might someday do a self published one if my idea gets rejected too many times

What are your thoughts on book series

They gotta b e good and me sense and not just be written to make money

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

As long as it takes to tell the story.

What advice would you give to your younger self today

Face the fear and get on with it.

What is your favorite book or film

Fried Green Tomatoes

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

Stay focused and be prepared to do all the promotion of your book yourself. Never give up on the dream.

About the Author

Anne Costa

I am a wife, mother, Catholic author and speaker. I help people to discover their true purpose and experience the love of God through soul-stirring messages of hope and healing.