Book SamsStory

Sunny’s Story Written by Ginger Katz CEO and Founder, the Courage to Speak® Foundation If only. If only our pet could talk – could warn us we’d lose our son to drugs. This is Sunny’s Story. It looks deceptively like a children’s book when, in fact it’s for everyone who loves someone who might become addicted. Sunny’s Story is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle, and tells of the ups and downs of his life with his young master, from the moment they met at an animal shelter to Sunny’s anguished yelps watching his best friend succumb to drugs.

Written by Ginger Katz, a mother who lost her son Ian to a drug overdose, Sunny’s Story helps families talk openly about the dangers of drugs. The Story “My name is Sunny. I’m a white, brown and black Beagle with short legs and long ears that blow in the wind when I run. I live with Ginger and Larry in a house by the ocean. We are all very sad because once we had the best boy in the world. His name was Ian, and this is the story of how he was taken from us. When I was a puppy I had to go to the animal shelter to find a family…” Ms. Katz tells her son Ian’s story through the family’s soulful beagle and Ian’s special friend. Sunny is a perceptive non-human narrator with very human feelings and a gentle buffer that allows young readers the necessary distance needed to deal with this difficult subject. Sunny gives us all a message of hope, which led to the founding of the Courage to Speak® Foundation. Sunny’s Story is meant to be read at the dinner table, in schools, libraries, as part of the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curriculum and as a stand alone book for elementary, middle and high school students.

Comments: “They loved reading about Ian’s life, finding the signs where his life began to go astray, and culminating in how he could have avoided his outcome.” Ellen Seltzer (Connecticut) 6th grade teacher “This book is an important and unique addition to the list of preventive tools so necessary for children in today’s world.” Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Professor of Practice and Associate Dean, Harvard School of Public Health “Sunny’s Story is a part of our sixth grade reading literacy curriculum. This book is a must have for schools and for families.” Dr. Lynne Moore, Principal, West Rocks Middle School, Norwalk CT ‘I bought copies (Sunny’s Story) for my grandchildren and I believe it encouraged my 16 year-old granddaughter to admit to her father- who was in total denial at the time- that she might be addicted to drugs. She admitted she was stealing pain pills from his medicine cabinet and buying Oxycontin and other drugs at her high school. He then woke up and sent her to a long-term rehab facility; she appears to be OK- for now.” D.R. – Grandfather

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Book SeeYouSoonA helpful book …
for those who are walking with bereavement,
for those who are struggling with addiction in their family,
and for those who wish to understand and be of some help.

Facing up to her son’s death in Hong Kong after a heroin overdose posed many challenges for Philippa Skinner. When Jim died, aged 21, her faith in a loving God was challenged as never before and now she had to ask many painful questions. 

This book is a personal reflection on her experience of grief following the sudden loss of her son, and on the need to learn to live with unanswerable questions. It opens our eyes to the heartbreak of families who suffer loss through addiction. Too often, their despair is sharpened by anxiety that their loved one will be harshly judged by a culture that stigmatizes those with addictions, while failing to see the person and the story beneath.  

“This book is written to bring healing and resolution to those who, like Philippa and Graeme may ask “Why?”.  It is an account written with courage and honesty reflecting the awful pain of loss and untimely death. Yet with conviction that Jim’s life was not in vain and that his story would bring healing to many they have shared their journey of healing.”
Jackie Pullinger, Hong Kong

‘The raw pain of the loss of a precious son to drugs, written with sincere honesty’
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, founder of DrugFam UK

Philippa Skinner is a mother of four adult children, and at different times a nurse, a teacher and now a counsellor. 

Available in both paper and Kindle versions via a dedicated website
All proceeds going to the support of drug related charities.
The website also contains some helpful articles and a Facebook link.

Author: Philippa Skinner
Publisher: Presence books
ISBN: 978-1-907228-29-2


Jose Carranza, MD, has spent the past thirty years practicing psychiatry and studying addictions. He explains exactly what is in this supposedly harmless substance. Marijuana contains ten different psychotropic drugs and more than four hundred chemicals that could damage your brain and influence your mental processes. The book also discusses

  • ·the neurological effects of marijuana,
  • ·the role pot can play in triggering psychosis,
  • ·the lies behind the idea of “medical marijuana,”
  • ·the link between the surge of violent crimes in America and marijuana use, and
  • ·the surprisingly good news for smokers who are committed to quitting.




Author: Alex Berenson

An eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug—facts the media have ignored as the United States rushes to legalize cannabis.



Book CannabisConnectionThe Cannabis Connection gives a clear concise account of she effects of Marijuana. Elaine Walters believes the character and force of she present drug epidemic has been misinterpreted by many Australian ‘experts.’ This has resulted in ineffective policies, inadequate drug education in schools and renewed debate on legalization.

There needs to be a complete and thorough analysis oldie drug epidemic and a realization that there have been historical precedents which will assist in overcoming it. The users underpin the drug structure, eliminate their demands and supply will cease Successful strategies include education and the enforcement of strict drug policies.

In many countries the ‘Parent Movement’ has taken the initiative, and parents are educating themselves about illegal drugs. Thus it is important that parents have access to correct information about marijuana particularly as many adolescents believe it to be relatively harmless. This book should be every Australian home so that parents can  base family discussions about illegal drugs on facts.

Author: Elaine Walters
Publisher: Unknown (1989)
ISBN: Unknown

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