Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

3. EDDIE S. LANIER interviewed by his friend DAVID WRIGHT

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  An addiction (to alcohol, drugs, etc.) can often tear a family apart.  Do you agree that family members should play an active role in making a loved one confront his or her addictive, and destructive, behavior?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Explain how Eddie S. Lanier’s love for his parents was a force in his fight for sobriety. Describe how the compassion of a stranger helped him to fight the addiction and the homelessness that was a consequence of the addiction

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.