Tales of the Titmouse: One Woman's Journey Out Of Darkness
by Pamela Barrett


Outskirts Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-432-74834-0.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 10/05/2010

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

The lure of love brought Pamela Barrett deep into the drug world. She felt at home in the midst of her drug-smuggling friends and carried cash and drugs over the Mexican border. It is a scary world of danger, violence, and death, and even with God's help it was intensely difficult for her to claw her way out.

Barrett's story is based on her true-life experiences. "There are two reasons I wrote Tales of a Titmouse," Barrett writes in her introduction. "Number one is that God saved me from an early death and a wasted life, because He loved me and He had a bigger plan for my life. I'm thankful to Him and I want to tell everyone that His love is available for them too. The second reason is that I was a drug addict and I want to share the joy of sobriety with other drug addicts. If this story can give them and their loved ones hope, it is because God never gave up on me."

Pam lay dying on the floor of a hotel room from an overdose when God chose to save her life. She came to realize that God's love is much better than the love of a druggie, who came and went throughout her life, never offering her safety or stability. She got her life on track, became a strong Christian woman, and today shares her story so that others can start to heal as well. While it is a strongly Christian book, it is not preachy or evangelical. Tales of the Titmouse is an inspiring and ultimate "depths-of-despair-to-redemption" story. This is a great read for anyone who is dealing with addiction, or cares for someone going through this type of experience.


Pamela Barrett is a hair designer and salon owner in Paso Robles, California. In the twenty-eight years since she left the drug world, she has shared her story where it can help and heal. This is her first book.

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