When I vowed to give up alcohol,
Which was my lifelong crutch,
I was given a brand-new life,
It became my time to touch.
The above quote is a small excerpt from the book "From Darkness to Light," written by Grosse Ile resident David L. Dyer and published by Balboa Press in April 2012.
Dyer, 73, said the choice to put all of his memories, good and bad, into one book was something that changed him and helped him deal with the many injustices and injuries, both mental and physical, he has experienced throughout his life.
Dyer struggled with alcoholism for the majority of his adult life. A recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease has helped lead him toward sobriety.
When he was just 4 years old, Dyer's father walked out on him, his mother, Hazel, and his two brothers, Jim and Wayne. Unable to support her family, Hazel split up the boys. Jim went to live with his grandmother and David and Wayne began a long stint in different boarding houses.
Dyer said his time away from his mother and brother played a role in his choice to begin drinking heavily as a teenager. Dyer's drinking was further exasperated after he spent a year-and-a-half as a medic in the Vietnam War.
"For all my life I've had nightmares," Dyer said. "I saw young kids, 18-19 years old, brought into the hospital with their mutilated bodies. I saw so much of it."
Dyer said the strength to write his book was sparked by an endearing sentiment delivered to him by his famous brother Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and speaker.
"Do not die with your music still in you," Wayne Dyer told his big brother.
Dr. Wayne Dyer PH.D. is the author of more than 30 books. He has created many audio programs and videos and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows, according to the Wayne Dyer website.
With the help of his new-found faith in God and his inability to sleep, Dyer began the three year process of telling his story.
"I couldn't sleep a wink after giving up alcohol," Dyer said.
Learn more about Dyer's story, buy his book and meet the man himself at the Friday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Grosse Ile Municipal Airport.