Monday, August 20, 2012

Book of Life Recovery

"The Book of Life Recovery" by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop is a companion to the traditional twelve step recovery program. This book is divided into twelve chapters - one for each of the twelve steps. Each chapter starts off with the actual step (i.e., Step One - "We admitted we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable"), followed by a Biblical quote that ties in to the step. Each chapter profiles a story of recovery, through the eyes of a recovering addict. Each chapter also contains four Bible studies that related to that particular step, to help the recovering addict find strength and hope within the Bible. By using Biblical stories, such as Zacchaeus, Arterburn and Stoop reinforce Biblical values and supports recovery.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the Bible studies - I thought that they were so profound, and easy to relate to. I thought that the way the short questions after each study were worded were also very insightful, and allows the reader to really do an honest evaluation of their situation, and spiritual standing.

I think this book would be very helpful for those who are trying to recover from an addiction, or for the family members of addicts. I believe that either group of people would truly benefit from this book, and gaining a better understanding of recovery, and supporting those loved ones who are struggling.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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