Tonja Myles



Tonja Myles is an ordained minister, community activist, peer counselor, veteran, and counselor for those suffering with addiction. As one of the featured heroes in the book, Rock Bottom and Back, Tonja shares her experience as an addict, suicide survivor, and victim of childhood sexual abuse. She was recognized by President George W. Bush during his 2003 State of the Union address to the nation for her “personal perseverance and her expertise in faith-based treatment.”





1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Meeting Room
Book Talk
Rock Bottom and Back

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Rock Bottom and Back: From Desperation to Inspiration

Rock Bottom and Back: From Desperation to Inspiration depicts the incredible lives of twenty-two people who hit rock bottom and then came back from profound despair to help 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. Featuring celebrities as well as ordinary people, Rock Bottom and Back reveals 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.


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