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Best Book 2005 Award Winner!

"Breakdown is a modern day Dante's Inferno--a riveting spiritual and intellectual journey."
- Will McCaughey, former Editor-in-Chief, Vatican Radio


Breakdown is a modern day Dante’s Inferno—a riveting spiritual and intellectual journey that spirals down through the ruins of secular hedonism, then soars up from the ashes of drug abuse, capitalistic idolatry and sexual proclivity. This must-read book grabs hold of your interest and doesn’t let go.”
- Will McCaughey, former Editor-in-Chief, Vatican Radio

“A dramatic and inspiring post-modern adventure story.”
- Andrew Cohen, author and founder of What Is Enlightenment? magazine

Breakdown is so much more than the multitude of celebrity confessional turned self-help books that weight the shelves of bookstores. It seems incredible this is Greg DiStefano’s initial literary outing—so fine is the quality of writing that this true story surpasses memoir. Yes, the message DiStefano was destined to deliver is loud and clear. But it is the complete joy of discovering a gifted writer on his first venture that is equally satisfying. I hope more books are fomenting in this fertile writer’s mind!”
- Grady Harp, amazon.com “Top 15 reviewer”

“A startling and thoughtful redemption tale of a young man’s spiritual coming-of-age amidst the celebrity, drug, and club culture of after-hours New York City.”
- Reid Shane, Executive Vice President, Network TV, Paramount Pictures

“Breakdown is a spiritual odyssey as contemporary as they come – a fascinating chronicle of the author’s journey through sexual decadence, manic ambition, Indian gurus, drug enhanced rave party awakenings and ultimately self-transcendence and a triumphant recovery.”
- Carter Phipps, Senior Editor, What Is Enlightenment? magazine

"A disarmingly sincere journey towards spiritual fulfillment, based on the author's own experience. In a quiet tone that speaks of wonder and simple generosity, DiStefano's breakdown becomes a metamorhosis, transforming self-rejection into acceptance. The author has found a way to live a more fulfilling life, and the lesson is a gift to anyone."
- Kirkus Discoveries

Breakdown is a scorchingly honest memoir that is so compelling; it’s a must-read-at-one-sitting sort of book. Enlightening to those who have escaped addiction, it will also provide hope to everyone else—that no matter how far into the darkness one has traveled, the light can still call if you’re willing to open your eyes.”
- Karen Casey, best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning and 16 other books

“A stunningly beautiful memoir describing the author’s spiritual journey: a celebrity life of travel, wealth, drugs, and dangerous sex, and the man who changed that, taking him on a life-changing journey to the Middle East and India”
InSightOut National Book Club

“. . . the scenes from the main character’s childhood and adolescence are outstanding. There is inherent drama and tension in the story of a young boy trying to figure out his sexuality . . . these flashback scenes are both riveting and exciting.”
- Writer’s Digest magazine

Breakdown takes the reader on a journey of growth and transformation through an often overlooked path—demonstrating how the shadow side of life can be a vehicle to awakening. Extremely honest and personal, it shines a poignant eye on the struggles of a high powered job in New York’s glitz and glamour scene, and the darkness of addiction. Through it all, this illuminating adventure offers a fresh and hopeful point of view to the meaning of life in these troubled times.”
- Steve Kammon, Editor of Circuit Noize magazine

“Greg DiStefano’s journey on the fast lane to hell and back makes for inspiring reading. Sex, drugs, and the will to survive their abuse give Breakdown an engaging spiritual dimension that anyone can relate to.”
- Stephen Greco, Executive Director, Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT fiction; author, The Sperm Engine, and Editor-at-Large, Trace magazine

"What a cool great gift to the world . . . and a good read too with lots of laughs amid the heartache."
- Joe Perez, The Soulful Blogger, columnist, and author of Soulfully Gay (September, 2006).

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Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 248
ISBN: 0-595-34292-2

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