17 years I was a homeless drug addict and drunk. Through a 12 step program I began talking to GOD. I told GOD I needed 8 months sober. I told GOD I would do anything but become a Christian, and would never talk to Him or bother Him if He would help me not drink or use drugs for 8 months. That was 17 years ago. I now read my Bible for 45 minutes to one hour every morning, and talk to the author about what He is trying to communicate to me. I told GOD 15 years ago, that if He could sanctify my writing, that I would give the church the proceeds from my first book.