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Paperback Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions Book

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Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions

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Here is Gerald May's brilliant and now classic exploration of the psychology and physiology of addiction. It 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...

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Wondering Why People Are Addicted?

A relative of mine is addicted to crack. His wife is addicted to him. My father was addicted to cigarettes. My father-in-law is addicted to food. And many, many other people in my life are addicted to a wide variety of things. I was watching all this addiction go on around me, not understanding.I don't even remember how I found this book. I've now given away about five copies to people who also were struggling to understand the addicted people in their lives.Gerald May takes you through the process from the beginning to the end. The why's and the wherefores. Every word that is written in the beginning of the book is absolutely necessary to understand the conclusions reached at the end.Now, I understand.This book has brought great relief to me personally in that I am not so perplexed and lost in trying to understand why addicted people do the things they do. If you've ever asked yourself questions like 'Why don't they just stop?' and 'Why doesn't she/he just leave them?' then you need to read this book.It's short and sweet and incredibly well written.

God helps us win victory over any addiction

I bought this book because it was recommended in The Sacred Romance. I have to say that Addiction & Grace is a fantastic book. Addictions (attachments) prevent us from experience the full glory of God in our lives. This book helped me realize how in trying to get victory over my weight and food, I was merely replacing one addiction (food) with another (discipline--food diaries, measuring food, controlling exposure to food). God can only help me when I get to a place where I am still, no longer able or willing to help myself conquer the addiction. I need to be comfortable in the anxiety that arises when God removes the addiction because it is in that void that I will meet God. I need to feel safe in risky situations (parties, potlucks) because that is when I will experience God's grace most.This book is highly readable (but read it with an underliner). Every chapter is thought provoking, but the last few chapters on spirituality are the most valuable.Please do yourself a favor and buy this book. It will get you on the path to understanding the truth and gaining freedom from addictions. "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -- John 8:32"

Unique, necessary, profound, and simple.

This book gave me the rare experience of having a large gap in my knowledge completely filled, like a jigsaw puzzle piece fitting perfectly into place. It was as if what were only dim intuitions and questions in my mind were laid out and clearly explained, answered, and connected. It's also rare that such an explanatory book could also be practical, and in parts, moving and inspiring. I esp. appreciate the quote from Brother Lawrence: "People would be surprised what the soul sometimes says to God."I used to be very dubious about statements such as "everyone has addictions" or "most anything can become addictive." I know better now. Whether its hard drugs or most any repeated behavior--Are the patterns of neurological activity the same? Yes. Are the consequences for emotional and spiritual growth the same? Yes.From an evangelical Christian perspective, May appears to be not 100% kosher, but it makes no practical difference in this book as far as I can tell.
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