On the weekend of my coming clean—the weekend I was blinded by the epiphany that, yes, I had a drinking problem—I traveled to Austin. A lawyer by trade, I was presenting at a humanitarian conference known as the Idea Camp. My topic du jour related to international orphan care, and how worldview, international legal frameworks, and Gospel dignity should shape our view of it. Riveting stuff, eh? Don't answer that question.
A group of friends converged from across the country for the conference, and opting against the bourgeois trappings of single rooms at the conference-recommended hotel, we split room and board at an Austin house situated at 1900 David Street. We gathered under the roof of that spacious house, under the broad-shouldered and gnarled Spanish oak that protected the far corner of the porch. I remember that Spanish oak. How it seemed to anchor so much of that weekend.
My little band of compatriots calls this house “The David House.” I call it my halfway house—the house where I entered fully dependent on alcohol, where I left in the newness of a shaky sobriety. The folks at The David House, along with a few Idea Camp attendees (Heather King, most notably) played a direct role in the birth of my sobriety. I couldn’t be more grateful for them.
In my soon-to-be-released book Coming Clean, I write more about that Austin weekend. But in my little eBook, Coming Clean|Austin Outtakes, I flesh out that weekend a little more with the help of my friends, my first community of support. In the Austin Outtakes, I've compiled pieces from Kristen Howerton, Karen Yates, Preston Yancey, Heather King, Matt Mooney, and my wife, Amber Haines. They discuss The David House, lead you through their experiences of the weekend, and their interactions with me as I came clean.
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Thanks to all of you who've followed and supported this journey. I couldn't be more grateful. Sincerely.
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