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5.0 out of 5 stars This Hits Home
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2022This compilation of stories is heartfelt and impactful. I especially appreciated the clear authenticity of the author. I could totally relate!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope Lines: Great Read
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2022I recently purchased Hope Lines and immediately was engaged in each story. Neil provides insight to various problems we can face as humans and solutions on how we can get past them. His work is backed up by his background and experiences as a lawyer, Christian, and compassionate human being!
Reedsy Review of Hope Lines September 2021
What are your next steps after you or a family member makes bad choices or experiences a personal calamity…such as divorce, addiction, abuse, incarceration, or even infidelity? Serious challenges like these often affect an entire family and put you (and yours) under the microscope of an uncaring over-burdened legal system.
Based on over a quarter century of helping individuals and families navigate the courts-while making liberal use of mediation-family attorney Neil Presley Cox, offers a smorgasbord of common-sense solutions in his new book HOPE LINES.
Avoiding the legal system and working things out are key pieces of the message in HOPE LINES including resources and suggestions for doing just that.
Surviving life and family challenges-whether civil or criminal-is an energy draining depression-invoking process. And while the cliché “this too shall pass” is mostly true, it does not help when you are in the middle of it, and the world seems to be crashing down around your ears. Cox spent seven years writing and re-writing and re-writing HOPE LINES and also shares his own story of beating alcohol addiction induced by daily exposure to lives in crisis.
HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective, Neil Presley Cox, is divided into 18 sections. Each section is further subdivided into five sections which detail people’s experiences with custody disputes and self-destructive behavior like alcoholism, violence, or mental health issues. To illustrate his recommendations, Cox gives vivid accounts of people’s lives. The insights are helpful and ring with truth.
Cox is a family and criminal lawyer who saw a need to offer hope and a path out to people in need of assistance before they go to family court. For those already in family court, he provides practical counsel on how to navigate the procedures and what they should and should not do, ending each chapter with sections titled “Reflect,” “Apply” and “Resource Toolbox.”
I believe most people enmeshed in the judicial system are past the point where some of the advice and resources supplied could provide much help. Cox, on the other hand, is doing an excellent job of enlightening and preventing future problems.
My heart aches for everyone caught in a seemingly unending trap, whether of their own making or not. There needs to be a way to address the problems long before they implode. High school students could perhaps have family life and dynamics training.
Having numerous family members that work for either CPS, law enforcement, the legal field or the mental health field, I all too often hear heartbreaking stories. The book by Cox is a ray of hope at the end of a long tunnel. A promising start.
HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective is an excellent resource for Christian and secular counselors, pastors, youth directors and anyone else looking for advice on how to help someone in any of these plights.
Thank you to Reedsy Discovery and Neil Presley Cox, for providing me with a copy of HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective. I have provided an unbiased review.
By Robbie Pink
Reedsy Review 9/24/21
Reviews for Alcoholprism
Jan 23, 2014
"Presley Cox's book offers help -- hope where hopelessness prevails. This is a book you can pick-up and read a passage anytime. This book did two things for me: It is a window to the soul of one who struggles with addiction, and also reminds me that one doesn't have to be alone on this journey of sobriety/abstinence." - Nsharra K.
Mar 1, 2014
"These poems tell a story of difficulty and strength to endure even though the grip of addiction is relentless and powerful. Addiction has hurt or taken away so many people in my life. I will recommend this book of poems to anyone who is trying to deal with their drugs or alcohol addiction or those around them who need help understanding what they are going through. One of the things I got from these poems is, it starts with being honest to your self first. I hope to see more from this author." - Reaser P.
June 18, 2014
"Although I have never suffered with alcoholism or addiction, the poem entitled, "By the Time", is really for everyone. It really made me think about life. Presley Cox' words are so true." - Dewey B.
July 23, 2014
"This book is another great one to have in the "toolbox". I believe just about anyone can find something they can relate to in this read. I find myself picking it up and rereading quite often. Good way to start the day or anytime I need a reminder." - Dan S.