Friends of Sinners alumnus publishes book detailing his battle with addiction

September 26, 2021 | 12:09 am

Updated September 25, 2021 | 10:22 pm

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Owensboro resident Jordan Wilson recently published his first book, Jesus > Drugs, which is a true story about his road to recovery from drug addiction.

Wilson is an alumnus of Friends of Sinners — a long-term residential, Christ-centered, substance abuse program — where he now serves as the development director. 

Wilson bouted with drug addiction before joining the Friends of Sinners program, only to be kicked out for poor behavior.

In 2016 he celebrated sobriety, and in 2019 Wilson began his career in public relations with Friends of Sinners by assisting the nonprofit with marketing and fundraising. 

“The book consists of a journey through drug addiction and eventual freedom,” Wilson said. “Friends of Sinners consumes an entire chapter. I want to bring attention to the ministry I care so much about.”

The inspiring true story takes the reader on a journey through drug and alcohol addiction, recovery, and freedom. Wilson shares a firsthand account of drug use and his personal relationship with Christ. Jesus > Drugs is available for purchase on Amazon here

“I wouldn’t call it an autobiography; it’s more of a testimony,” he said. “It’s about my upbringing, how I fell into drugs was gripped by them without even knowing it. It concludes with me giving my heart to Christ, entering drug rehab, and beginning a career.”

Wilson claims the ultimate inspiration for the book came after he was 1 year sober and attending a church revival in central Kentucky. He said the pastor brought in a guest speaker from Oregon who called attention to him and said Wilson needed to write a book to tell his story.

Wilson said after much contemplation paired with some procrastination, he decided it was time to write his story in an effort to inspire others. 

“I want to give people hope; addiction is beatable,” Wilson said. “Addiction is so bad. It’s killing people in every single state. Everyone knows someone that’s been affected, so they need to hear about it from someone that’s made it out alive.”

Wilson is now a father, husband, youth minister, and homeowner that takes pride in changing his life around and being an integral part of the community. His book also proves resources such as community programs and scripture that he hopes will give people hope.

September 26, 2021 | 12:09 am

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