I’m not a huge fan of autobiographies, generally, but this book is a hidden treasure for sure. When it came across my desk, I began flipping through the preface and the first chapter. The writing grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Two hours passed before I looked up, and I’d read all but the last thirty pages of the book.
Two Roads: One man’s journey from drug lord to salvation captivated me. Robb shares about his early childhood growing up in an alcoholic family with weekend parties, and having beer bottles strewn across the house. As a youth he coped with his own problems and emotional turmoil the only way that had been modelled for him—and then he sunk to even deeper lows.
Robb moves beyond the sensational and seemingly glamorous details of being a drug dealer with a biker gang to the raw grit and emotional turmoil that’s an addict’s reality, and allows the reader into his own thoughts and feelings as he relives these turbulent and painful years on the pages.
“I sold $8 million in drugs. Put over $1.2 million worth of drugs into my body. All in 3 years.” -Randy Robb
Robb describes why and how he was able to find drugs and inevitably begin dealing in every small town he chose to outrun his addictions—small Ontario towns like Keswick, Guelph and Owen Sound. His account proves that drugs and alcohol are problems everywhere, not just the big cities. And this was before the popularity of designer drugs and the prescription drug crisis surrounding Oxycontin and other drugs.
Most recovered drug addicts that I’ve met are willing to share their story, but Robb tells his story with depth and detail and therein lies the power of his story. I recommend this for any parent struggling with a teen’s drug use, for teens who think there’s no harm in experimenting or who have said, “It’s just marijuana.” Church leaders and laypeople wishing to understand the pervasiveness and danger of drugs from a new perspective will find value in this book also.
I don’t know if this book was entered in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards sponsored by The Word Guild or not, it wasn’t shortlisted if it was. In my opinion, this little book deserved to be on the shortlist for sure, even an award winner. Find it on amazon.ca. Check it out for sure.
In an interview with Robb, I asked him if there was any message he wanted to send to church leaders and parents about the dangers of drug addiction. He said:
“In the old days, when I was an addict there were two kinds of addicts. There were the ones who smoked pot and hash and the guys who used needles. And we hated each other—not our kind of people. Nowadays with so many pills out there, parents have given their kids pills for headaches, for colds, to avoid catching a cold. So by the time they’re teens, they’re already used to taking pills.
So take ecstasy, there’s not this phobia attached to taking a couple of blue pills, or purple pills and having a good time. All you need is a glass of water, stay hydrated. All these young kids need now is a bottle of water and these two little pills to have a good time. It’s so easy. There’s no longer this fear of taking drugs. They’ve been so programmed to think that this is acceptable behaviour.”
100 Huntley posted a recent interview with Randy Robb about his book on their youtube channel. Check it out if you’re interested in learning more.
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