Recovery Task Force Book List

 

Encouragement 

 

You’ll Get Through This; Hope and Help for Turbulent Times by Max Lucado

Overview : Though these unprecedented and challenging times may bring a load of uncertainty and fear that feels too heavy to bear, God gives us this promise: You’ll get through this.Max reminds readers God doesn't promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. That certainly wasn’t the case for Joseph who was tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed, but God ultimately used the intended evil against Joseph for a greater purpose.

 

Addictions and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May, M.D.

Overview: Addiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope–filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy. Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.


Just Breathe  by Keith Repult 

Overview: Keith Repult spent his life looking for love and running from God. After growing up bouncing between parents, grandparents, and foster homes, Keith ended up in California in his early twenties—homeless, addicted, and broken.Using the acronym BREATHE, Just Breathe provides practical tools for reflection, hope, and help for those drowning in the pain of addiction. Not only does God know everything about us, He also relentlessly pursues us with an unfailing love. Keith’s story reminds us that we’ve never gone too far to be made new by the big grace of God.

Breathing Under Water : Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr

Overview: The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. He makes a case that the Twelve Steps relate well to Christian teaching and can rescue people who are drowning in addiction and may not even realize it. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God s love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. He draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those who counsel and live with people with addictive behavior. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making ones life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction rampant in our society.

 

Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Harpham Kopp

Overview: As a long-time Christian, Heather Kopp never expected to become an out-of-control alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place. Meanwhile, as she watched in horror, her grown son descended into his own nightmare of drugs and alcohol. She feared for his life, yet she couldn't stop drinking long enough to help him--or find a way out for herself. As you follow Kopp's sincere, stumbling journey toward freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with God, you'll find renewed hope--and practical steps of recovery--for your own journey.

 

Help with Active Addiction 

 

Alcohol Anonymous- Big Book by William G.

Overview: Alcoholics Anonymous (also known as the Big Book in recovery circles) sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease.

 

Help for the Family

 

Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers

Overview:  With years of experience struggling with her daughter’s addiction and recovery, Beverly Conyers has been where you are. In Addict in the Family, Conyers draws on research, experience, and compelling personal stories from others to explain what families should know about substance abuse, interventions, relapse, and more. Although families can’t cure a loved one’s addiction, they can provide support without enabling, set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and find healing through therapy, spirituality, Al Anon or Nar Anon, and countless other resources that show no one is alone on this journey.

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