Don't believe the lie is a book put together by Debbie Petrie, wife of Tom. The book is of all of Tom's journals as he went through a treatment center in Vancouver British Columbia. Based on the 12 step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous Tom tells about his deepest darkest side of himself as he goes through each step of the program. Debbie has put Tom's story together with hopes that it might make a difference in somebodies life who may also be going through alcohol and drug addiction. She says" even if it touches just one life it will be all worth while".
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This book is one of the best for illustrating the range of emotions often expressed in the grief process. It is based on the true story of the death of Tom's father in a boating accident. Tom begins with disbelief and denial, then moves on through anger, mainly with his father for leaving him. The family commemorates his father's birthday by planting trees for him. The book is simple in text and readily accessible to younger children, however the concept of death would still need to be explained.more