Kresta in the Afternoon – December 27, 2017 – Hour 2

  • Description: We'll continue our countdown of the top interviews of 2017.

+  #13: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth (full hour)

  • Description: Barbara Coefer-Stoefen's daughter Annie was bright and beautiful, the last person you'd expect to be addicted to crystal meth. Barbara never imagined such a scenario would destroy her dreams for her family. But it did. Annie committed crimes against herself and community that knocked her parents to their knees. Barbara’s drive to save her daughter and her rage against God gave way to new insights about herself. She joins us with her story of a faith challenged, examined and redefined.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Barbara Cofer-Stoefen
      Barbara Cofer-Stoefen the author of A Very Fine House: A Mother's Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth. She's a drug-prevention activist in Oregon and an advocate for addicts. She's a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America's National Coalition Academy. She and her husband, Pete, have two adult children, Annie and Jeff. Visit
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    • A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth

      A Very Fine House is an intimate memoir of a mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Living fast and hard on the streets of Bend, Oregon, she commits crimes against herself, the community, and her own family. The author chronicles her child’s addiction in a way that other writers have not written about addiction. What begins as an obsession to save her daughter, and a rage against God for allowing drugs to devour her college-age girl, transforms into release in a life changing letting-go-and-letting-God moment. The reader is first introduced to the Stoefen family and Barbara’s dream for its idyllic future. Kinks in the perfect life appear. When Annie’s alcoholism, drug use, and criminality ensue, Barbara fights to save her. There is all-consuming grief and the devastating loss of not just her daughter, but her dream for her own life as well. Barbara eventually finds support and a new way of thinking. While she continues the battle to save her daughter, she ultimately finds the courage to save herself. The conclusion deals with Annie’s recovery—and Barbara’s. Both experience a spiritual awakening and are transformed. A new and better dream for Barbara’s life is born. (learn more)

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