We’re giving Portraits, Poems & Heroin: Thirty Souls Tell the Story an edgy rating of Edgy and a Catholic rating of Neutral. It’s edgy because it deals with death by overdose, which is difficult subject matter. We consider this one Christian but not Catholic, and it just misses a Catholic rating because there are likely places where theologians might dispute the assumptions made on the state of souls in the afterlife.
Portraits, Poems & Heroin: Thirty Souls Tell the Story is about tragic loss, however. We give leeway to those who have lost loved ones to assume they are in a better place, even if theologians might quibble, and only offer prayers for God’s mercy.
Portraits, Poems & Heroin: Thirty Souls Tell the Story juxtaposes 30 artistic portraits of actual people who have died from heroin overdose with short biographies written by family members, and a poem dealing with tragic loss. This juxtaposition of different forms makes the book somewhat more than just a book of poetry, and even more than a book of poetry with illustrations. It is more a work of art, a sacred memorial to the fallen in the battle of addiction. The effect is powerful, and heartbreaking.
EdgyCatholic.com highly recommends Portraits, Poems & Heroin: Thirty Souls Tell the Story, especially for those suffering from addiction and their family members.