Peggy L. Watson’s New Book Aims to Help Loved Ones of Addicts

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‘Hosea House’ equates biblical story of Hosea, Gomer to struggle addicts face, finds healing for addicts, families

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Watson hopes her book will be useful to families struggling with addiction and that the biblical context will make it useful to pastors and leaders who are dealing with church members who have addiction issues in their families.

Author Peggy L. Watson knows all too well the damaging effects addiction can have on a person, as well as a household. When she found out her husband was addicted to crack cocaine, she decided it was time to take matters into her own hands, at which point she began studying addiction’s effects on brain chemistry.

Watson’s husband has since managed to win his battle with addiction, a battle he fights every day. Watson was so moved by her experience with her husband that she decided it was time to help others struggling with addiction through her new book, “Hosea House: An Overcomer’s Guide When Someone You Love is an Addict” (published by CrossBooks).

“Unknown numbers of people are abusing prescription painkillers,” Watson says. “Whether the addiction is to legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, gambling, or pornography, the destruction to the loved ones is largely the same.”

In “Hosea House,” Watson discusses the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. Hosea was instructed to marry Gomer, a prostitute. Following their marriage, Hosea learned that Gomer was unfaithful and had become enslaved; yet Hosea never stopped loving Gomer. In the end, Hosea makes many sacrifices to redeem Gomer from slavery.

In her book, Watson equates the loved ones of addicts to Hosea and the addicts to Gomer. She then breaks down her book into two parts, helping readers understand and love the addict in part one, and helping the addict piece their life back together in part two.

Watson hopes her book will be useful to families struggling with addiction and that the biblical context will make it useful to pastors and leaders who are dealing with church members who have addiction issues in their families.

“Hosea House”
By Peggy L. Watson
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781462752317
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781462752300
E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781462752294
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Peggy L. Watson was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1966. In 1994, she enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University, at which point she found out her husband was addicted to crack cocaine. While she went on to graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, she and her husband struggled greatly. Watson was inspired to write her first book, “Hosea House” for herself, long before her husband overcame his addiction.

About CrossBooks
An imprint of B&H Publishing Group, CrossBooks offers a unique blend of traditional and self publishing. It serves a variety of Christian writers, from established authors to Christian leaders and first-time authors. As a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources, CrossBooks is committed to unwavering principles of excellence and Christian faith. For additional information, please visit crossbooks.com.

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