Healing Neen: One Woman’s Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction
By Tonier Cain
Published by HCI Books
Genre: Memoir/ Biography
Tonier ‘Neen’ Cain was in prison—a place as familiar to her as the streets she lived on. In just 15 years, she had been arrested 83 times with 66 convictions. Neen had–and lost–four children, she was a crack addict, a prostitute, and desperately lost. But as long as she had breath, she would still have hope. One day, after 19 years hustling on the streets of Annapolis, Neen’s crumb of hope turned into a seed of trust.
It is hard to imagine the kind of life Neen lived and how it all turned around for her. This is a powerful story of how a person can sink to such depths of darkness and then be lifted out it by grace. How one of the least of society, a victim of circumstance and neglect found salvation and the strength deep within, makes for a most absorbing read.
The story also shows how our social and justice system treats those who are trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty, addiction and constant incarceration. Yet, despite the neglect and corruption that leaves so many women and children vulnerable and without hope, Neen shows that there is hope for change.
Today Neen is an advocate for women like herself, attempted to bring change and improvement in prisons and mental health facilities.
Neen’s story will not fail to move you. Authentic and sincere it speaks loudly on behalf of hope for those we might consider hopeless.
I recommend this book highly.
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Watch the trailer of Healing Neen here.
“Healing Neen” Trailer from Thom Stromer on Vimeo.
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