Dennis Mansfield, best known around Idaho for his conservative politics, has been powerfully affected over the last dozen years or so by a specific person in his life - his son, Nate. That personal story briefly emerged in 2000 when Mansfield was running for Congress and Nate faced criminal charges over drug use. About three years ago, Nate died of a drug overdonse, and Mansfield was - well, it affected him as any parent would be.
He has written a book on the subject, Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family's Love, a Life Lost, and Eternal Promises, published by Simon and Schuster.
The Amazon description says, "Though Dennis and Susan turned their attention to helping drug addicts and their families, they were powerless to stop the death of their own son in 2009 at the age of twenty-seven. Beautiful Nate lucidly recounts these difficult years while painting a picture of what did and did not work in raising a child within the evangelical framework. Rather than lose faith in the God he trusted, Dennis eventually found new joy and purpose—with a much more compassionate and realistic view of the role parents play and the guidelines they follow."
Haven't read it yet. It promises to be a compelling read.
CORRECTED to reflect the cause of Nate's death.