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Tails I Lose: The Compulsive Gambler Who Lost His Shirt for Good
by Justyn Rees
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A highly readable and engaging memoir from a man who had and lost everything, only to discover all he ever wanted in the embrace of a loving God
Justyn Rees Larcombe had everything. Successful in the world of re-insurance, he was being fast tracked for further promotion in a global company. He had amassed a large amount of wealth and all the trappings that went with it, including a big house and fast cars. He had a beautiful wife and three sons. And then he lost it all. Addicted to gambling, Justyn lost three quarters of a million pounds in three years. He spent his wife’s money and even used his corporate credit card to fund his habit. It cost him his job, and then his wife, children, home, and reputation. Having barely escaped criminal prosecution, he reached rock bottom and considered suicide. In one final throw of the dice, Justyn returned to the God of his youth. It turned out to be the safest bet he had ever made—through a miraculous and dramatic healing, he stopped gambling overnight. Today Justyn speaks widely about the dangers of gambling. “God has restored much of what I lost and is continuing to do so,” he explains. “I am slowly dealing with the consequences of my habit.”
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Justyn Rees Larcombe had it all. Around his beautiful home were the mementoes of success - the Sword of Honour awarded by the Queen when he left Sandhurst; the silver photo frames with the pictures of his much loved wife and family; the rooms full of the rewards of a City career. But Justyn had a parallel life: he gambled. Gradually he allowed it to take over everything, getting through a staggering three quarters of a million pounds - some his own money, some his wife's, an some belonging to the company he worked for. The crunch came: he lost his job; his wife left him, taking his sons; and anything that could be sold was - and then gambled away again. One day, he had no alternative but to go back to his mother's home and start again. Today Justyn has a high profile in the media, talking about the dangers of gambling and helping others coping with gambling addiction.
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