Books

James K. A. Smith argues that what we do is a better indication of what we love than what we say. This book challenges the premise of secularism, arguing that we all love and worship something. What that is may surprise us. And what we love affects how we think and feel. Change what we love, and we change our lives.
This book looks at the Twelve Steps, introduced by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, as what they originally were: tools of Christian discipleship. Though AA declared itself non-religous in order not to alienate any who were suffering, the Steps themselves come directly from Scripture, and from a discipleship program that operated in the 1920s and 1930s.
Kent Dunnington argues that addiction is neither disease nor choice, but rather habit in the classical sense understood by Aristotle and Augustine. We find some some flaws in his argument, and conclude that addiction, while it has aspects of disease and choice, also has characteristics of habit. But Dunnington’s biggest contribution comes later: he describes addiction as false worship, dedication to a false god. This view of addiction as a [false] religion offers insight into recovery, and also poses what Dunnington calls a prophetic challenge to a church that often fails to take daily discipleship seriously. Despite its slaws, this book is worth a read.
Gerald May’s classic on addiction, which he doesn’t limit to substance addiction. In fact, he argues, nearly all of us are addicted to something.
Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch offer a lively and practical book on embracing discipleship, including a section examining the ways in which we distance ourselves from God.
A hands-on book about deliverance from Dr. David Appleby, who has more than 30 years experience in deliverance ministry.
For a lighter read, this hard-boiled mystery novel portrays an addict framed for murder. Told from the addict’s perspective, it gives a realistic glimpse into his thinking processes as he tries to get clean in order to save his own life. May be triggering for those struggling with addiction.
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