Meet Blog Contributor Toby Brace
We are thrilled to announce Toby Brace as the new The Road Less Traveled blog contributor, now the Road to Freedom. Without further ado, meet Toby.
Hi Toby Brace, tells us about yourself and where you are from.
Toby Brace – grew up in Bayville, NJ… lived 15 years in Jacksonville Beach, FL. and have resided in Delray Beach for the last 2+ years. I am an Admissions Counselor for TTC and a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Intercessor in the Episcopal Church. I also serve as a Chaplin in the Brotherhood of St Andrew, which is a national missionary and evangelistic ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
How long have you been in recovery?
I have 15 months of sobriety, although I have many years of recovery experience (both successful and unsuccessful).
How did you reconnect with God and what inspired you to further your connection?
I found solace in the fact that God sent Jesus into the world to save sinners (and I was one of the worst). Throughout the Bible we see how God restored repentant sinners to wholeness (Peter, Paul, David, Matthew, etc.) and used them in amazing ways to enhance the Kingdom and spread the Good News. I humbly brought myself before God to ask forgiveness and to cry out for healing and wholeness..God responded, as He always does. I was near death and have been brought back to life and the fullness of the Spirit. The possibilities in Christ are endless.
Toby Brace’s Writing
What made you decide to start writing about your experiences?
I want to share my trials and tribulations, experience, strength and hope with other Christians and those exploring Christianity who are afflicted with this disease. Both Christianity and recovery charge us with similar missions – to take what we have been given and use it to help others find their way. The way of the Cross and the path of recovery are very similar – afflicted people restored to health, happiness and salvation, lifting each other up along the way.
What is life like for you today?
Restorative. Service-oriented. Busy. Happy, Joyous and free.
Tells us something about yourself most people don’t know.
I explored the possibility of joining a Monastic Order (becoming a Monk).
Anything else you want our readers to know?
I was in active addiction for 20 years. I am working towards Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church – which means I aspire to go to Seminary and become a Priest someday. I am a member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Delray Beach.
Thanks Toby. We look forward to your message of hope and recovery.