As he drove by he yelled out his car window to me, “How’s the stopping smoking going?”
I yelled excitedly, “I’m FREE!”
Wait. That was a weird answer. Free? I didn’t know I was trapped.
When we started talking about the fact that we were struggling with smoking and my (now former) husband wanted to stop so he wanted me to stop too, people (especially at church) were uncomfortable that we asked for prayers about it. It’s just not the sort of thing church folks talk about (unfortuntately.)
I didn’t know if I COULD stop.
I didn’t even know if I WANTED to stop.
I mean, what if I couldn’t stop?
And more scary…
What if I COULD???
What would life look like THEN?
After we asked for prayers a guy told me his sister-in-law had “a book she swears by.”
Days later, after I finally had courage to call her, she drove to meet me within the same hour and she brought this book to me. I was so humbled and touched.
I was sobbing uncontrollably as my tears flooded that parking lot and I asked her WHY she would stop her day just for me.
She said because she knew how important this was.
She stood there telling me she KNEW she would never smoke again.
I just stared at her.
How could I get THERE?
How could she possibly know that she’d never smoke again?
I wanted to be THERE.
If you smoke, you keep smoking AS you read the book.
Crazy, right? I know.
I read 1/2 of the book and have stopped smoking forever. (I visit this article 7 years later and still do not count the days. I’m just done. Just like that.)
THAT is freedom and I am so glad I finally said I was having trouble.
That gift from a stranger is and maybe will always be the very best present anyone ever gave me.
It was a simple thing, really.
But she knew the deep hell that smoking was.
She spoke love to me that day because she stopped what she was doing which showed me I was valuable in some way (which I did not know) and gave me the key I desperately needed even though I wasn’t sure if I believed in it yet.
I’m convinced that this is what God means when He says we are to be His hands and feet. She was an angel sent to me that day. This, I know.
This book helps people who DON’T smoke understand more about WHY people smoke.
It also helps people who do NOT smoke be able to talk with people who DO smoke in a way we may listen better.
It’s NOT fun to talk about smoking especially to a non-smoker because they just don’t get it. You know the looks people give that they are obviously “better than you are.” Yeah, non-smoker guys, THAT’S NOT gonna help. So here’s the best tool I’ve found for just this kinda conversation.
[The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.]
Shoving pictures of dead lungs in our faces just doesn’t do anything.
You don’t get it.
It’s a TRAP!
A trap VERY cleverly designed with TONS of awful media, movies, ignorance, and tobacco companies supporting the chains and locks.
Showing a squirrel who is stuck in a trap a picture of a dead squirrel won’t help it get free.
My (former) husband was able to stop with willpower. That’s awesome.
Any way out is awesome.
I read a book.
HOW many people read a book and stop smoking?! They don’t advertise this book anywhere but word of mouth. I am living testimony that it works. It was the key to freedom for me. That was over 1 1/2 years ago now. The funny thing is the book title. It’s easy to remember.
The book is called The EASY Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. This is the best tool for stopping smoking and getting free from the stupid trap that smoking is – forever.
This author went from smoking 100 cigarettes a day to ZERO and then wrote this book. He figured out the answers. PRAISE GOD!!
[It’s sad when some people react like, “Hey, don’t you know better than to talk about that kind of stuff?” My answer is, “Hey, don’t you know WE NEED to talk about that kinda stuff?!” NOT talking about it COULD be stopping someone God has put in your path who needs healing, but because you are afraid to speak, you are not helping them. Your testimony, no matter how big or small you think it is, is the key to unlock someone else’s hell. Please don’t let the enemy keep you silent.]