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2009 Conversations


Sara Groves
12.21.08

Keith and Kristyn Getty
12.14.08

Jesse Miranda
11.30.08

Heather Bland
11.23.08

Cathleen Lewis
11.16.08

Robert Leathers
11.9.08

Ravi Zacharias
10.26.08

Scotty Gibbons
10.19.08

George O. Wood
9.28.08

George O. Wood
9.21.08

G. Robert Cook Jr.
9.14.08

Michelle LaRowe Conover
8.31.08

Janet Boynes
8.24.08

Kirk Cameron
8.17.08

Laura Wilkinson
8.10.08

Melody Rossi
7.27.08

Randy Travis
7.20.08

Maylo Upton-Aames
7.13.08

Chuck Norris
6.29.08

Francis Xavier 'Chip' Flaherty Jr.
6.22.08

Ben Carson
6.15.08

Robert H. Spence
6.8.08

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser
5.25.08

R. Albert Mohler Jr.
5.18.08

James K. Bridges
5.11.08

Manny Mill
4.27.08

Brock Gill
4.20.08

Robert Burt
4.13.08

Gerry Hindy
3.30.08

J.I. Packer
3.23.08

Stanley Horton
3.16.08

Linda Mintle
3.9.08

Joanna Weaver
2.24.08

Buck Taylor
2.17.08

Debra Risner
2.10.08

Bill Glass
1.27.08

Edward Gilbreath
1.20.08

Rob Seagears and Andy Casper
1.13.08


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Conversation: Maylo Upton-Aames

When grace is enough

Soon after Maylo Upton-Aames ran away from home at 15 she found her place in Hollywood. During her career, she made guest appearances in several TV programs, including Hardcastle & McCormick, Riptide and The A-Team. Her husband, Willie Aames, was best known for his roles in Eight Is Enough and Charles in Charge and later as Bibleman. Last year, they released their book Grace Is Enough. Upton-Aames recently spoke with Assistant Editor Jennifer McClure.

tpe: What were the pros and cons of your time in Hollywood?

UPTON-AAMES: Since my childhood was so difficult, I had a lot of pent-up emotions, and acting was a good avenue for me to work through some of that stuff and gain some confidence. But it gave me access to a lot of money and to cocaine — the drug of choice in Hollywood in the ’80s. I was smoking pot before that.

tpe: How did your childhood trauma lead to drug abuse?

UPTON-AAMES: My mom’s boyfriend first raped me when I was 11 years old, and it went on continually until I ran away from home. I would cry afterwards.

One night about a year into it, he came up to my bedroom and told me to go into my bathroom, and underneath the bathroom sink he had left a joint. I knew what it was. He and my mom smoked pot in the living room all the time in front of us. He said it would calm me down and help me sleep.

tpe: How did you break your addictions?

UPTON-AAMES: Willie was newly sober when I met him. I had no intention of ever stopping drugs, but he managed to get me to Alcoholics Anonymous and eventually Cocaine Anonymous. Once I got sober, I started crying, and I didn’t stop for a couple of years. I was so unbelievably traumatized that every single night for three years I woke up with night terrors. He would just hold me. I was 5-foot-7 and weighed 98 pounds. I was a train wreck.

tpe: How did you and Willie find Christ?

UPTON-AAMES: Driving home one day I heard a guy on the radio who sounded like a really good AA speaker. A few days later, Willie was in the car with me and this person was on the radio again. We pulled over in a parking lot and listened. The program ended, and lo and behold it was a pastor of a church that happened to be about two blocks from where we lived. We visited the church, and a pastor led us to the Lord.

tpe: How are you doing now spiritually?

UPTON-AAMES: God is the most real thing in my life. Every day that I don’t go in prayer and sit at His feet and say “I love You,” the hurt, the rage, the pain, everything comes right back. I know without a doubt in me is no good thing. The truest parts of me are the parts that are nurtured and encouraged by the Holy Spirit to be good.

tpe: What advice do you give people who had a troubled childhood?

UPTON-AAMES: You cannot let what happened to you define you. You are a creature fashioned by God in His image, loved by God and offered salvation. God can make a way for your story to help others come to know His love.


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