A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
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A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth


A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth is an intimate memoir of a mother’s all-American Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Living fast and hard on the streets of Bend, Oregon, she commits crimes against herself, the community, and her own family. This is her mother’s story of despairing loss and impossible choices. It is also the revelation of a journey where both love and faith in God are tested—and ultimately redefined.

Barbara Cofer Stoefen tells not only the story of what happened, but she also weaves throughout the pages the many gifts that are presented on her journey—the insights, epiphanies, lessons and truths that show her the way to health and restoration. Readers will find hope and inspiration for their own journeys, and glean practical advice for personal application.

A Very Fine House is ultimately a celebration—of a beloved daughter, an enduring family, and a loving God too big for the box many wish to put him in. A Norman Rockwell picture of life gives way to something more substantial and real. While hard truths are faced, freedom is ultimately won.

Title:A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:268 pages

    A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth Reviews

  • Apryl Rickert
    Jan 04, 2015

    I saw so much of my sister in this book... A bittersweet connection of understanding.Also, as a social worker who deals with addicts on a daily basis this has given me a deeper look into the behaviors...

  • David Cooke
    Jan 18, 2015

    There are many books that chronicle a parents' journey with a child's addiction. The stories in these books are often similar as there are so many commonalities in every person's addiction driven live...

  • Sharon
    Nov 08, 2014

    No doubt about it...Mrs. Stoefen knows what it's like to be the mother of an addict and holds nothing back as she shares the pain her family went through dealing with her daughter. As the mother of a ...

  • Evelynkm
    Sep 29, 2014

    I'm the mother of a 6-year-old with cancer, and this book had a lot to say to me about trust, faith, and control. Really a great book - the author has courage, humor, and hard-won good sense....

  • Barbara Oberto
    Nov 07, 2014

    Wow! What a read! I cried through my entire copy of Barbara Cofer Stoefen's book, A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth....all in one sitting. It was both gut wrenching ...

  • Misty Nordyke
    Dec 23, 2014

    In "A Very Fine House" Drug prevention activist and advocate for addicts, Barbara Cofer Stoefen writes about her daughter's addiction. It is a deeply personal account of a mother's family turned upsid...

  • Ms. Reader
    Nov 30, 2015

    This is a heartbreaking, emotional book about a mother to a meth-addicted daughter. It is raw, real, and touching about the struggles and hardships that families go through when someone close to them ...

  • Carl
    Sep 23, 2015

    Barbara Stoefen's A Very Fine House is an inspiration and revelation, and beautifully written. A revelation, to me, because in my family we've had no experience with addiction and its impact on a fami...

  • Lori
    Jul 28, 2015

    Very good book written by a mother who has lived through the messiness and pain of a child with alcoholism and addiction. Stoefen is honest and transparent about her expectations and struggles with he...

  • Daisy
    Jan 26, 2015

    What a wonderful book. ...

About Barbara Cofer Stoefen

Barbara Cofer Stoefen

Barbara Cofer Stoefen is a drug prevention activist in Oregon and advocate for families. A graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) National Coalition Academy, she is an active board member on several coalitions working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among minors. She is a requested speaker on addiction in schools, colleges, churches, and at community events, and has b