Rock Bottom and Back™—From Desperation to Inspiration shares personal stories of hope about people from all walks of life, from celebrities to ordinary people, who overcame insurmountable adversities and now give back to others in extraordinary ways.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Susan Mustafa, with Earl B. Heard, Rock Bottom and Back™ exemplifies the trials that many of us experience on our journey through life. Revealing the tragedy of reaching bottom through loss, trauma, alcoholism, and drug, sex, and gambling addictions, this compilation provides inspiration and hope by illustrating that recovery and success are possible through living in service to others.  The docu-series pilot DVD starring Danny Trejo is co-produced by the New Orleans Mission, putting people back to work.


  • NBA superstar Stanley Roberts
  • Motorcycle evangelist Billy Rivers
  • Tonya Myles – went from the crack house to The White House
  • Jerry and Whitney Strickland – father and son recovery story
  • David Bottner – head of New Orleans Mission
  • And 16 others, including Hollywood actor Danny Trejo

Book: 202 pages / Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1-63177-454-6 / Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-63177-924-4


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