Reading Christian books on recovery is one way some individuals discover paths to sobriety, come to understand their place in God’s plan or find encouragement in their own struggle with drugs and alcohol. While reading books won’t help someone get or stay fully sober, it is a healthy outlet both during and after rehab. Still, what should Christians in recovery read? The Bible is only one of many helpful options. After all, every person in recovery has to find reading material that speaks to them on a personal level. So, here’s a short list of highly-recommended Christian books on addiction and related subjects. These particular books can provide a jumping-off point for your exploration of Biblical and spiritual literature regarding addiction and recovery.
Prayer Steps to Serenity: Daily Quiet Time Edition
Prayer Steps to Serenity by L. G. Parkhurst includes 60 short meditations that can be used for individual prayer, Bible study, reflection time or even group discussions. It’s a great companion book for those following the 12 Steps during recovery. The meditations outlined in this book all relate to the 12 Steps, like righting wrongs, praying, and doing right. However, you don’t have to follow the 12 Steps to benefit from this book, which is available in both paperback and an affordable Kindle edition.
The Life Recovery Bible
The Life Recovery Bible is one of the most widely-acclaimed Christian books on addiction and recovery. It was written by leading addiction experts Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. It is a New Living Translation Bible that includes recovery-specific passages and devotionals. Carrying it allows those in recovery to have ready access to the Scriptures and recovery-related written guidance.
NIV Recovery Devotional Bible
This is another Bible that incorporates extra devotionals and information for those in recovery. If you’re going to start reading Christian books on addiction, then starting with a recovery Bible is a good idea. This version lets you access the user-friendly NIV Scriptures, recovery resources and a year’s worth of addiction-relevant devotionals.
Chasing the Dragon: One Woman’s Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong’s Drug Dens
This book tells the true story of Jackie Pullinger, a woman who felt called by God to preach Christ in Hong Kong. While it is not as much of a recovery book as the others on this list, Chasing the Dragon presents a powerful, courageous look at what addiction and drugs are capable of. It also illustrates how the love of Christ is more than enough to overcome addiction — even in dangerous, dark places.
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
This book by Dr. Gerald G. May covers a variety of types of addiction, making it a good Christian book on recovery for those dealing with substance abuse disorders or addictions to gambling, sex, food or other activities. Dr. May covers topics such as how spirituality and addiction can be related and impact each other and how substance abuse is sometimes an attempt to exert control over our lives in inappropriate ways.
Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story
This memoir from Korn co-founder Brian Welch tells the musician’s story, including his dramatic conversion to Christ and his battle with drugs and through recovery. In this book, Welch tells about the years of his life caught in sin and addiction and how he ultimately ended up finding Jesus. The honest way he talks about his addiction may resonate with many, and the fact that someone so publicly caught in drugs and the related lifestyle turned to God and recovery in this way is inspirational to those in recovery.
These are just a few Christian books on addiction and recovery. Pastors, Christian therapists, and even librarians can probably recommend many others, so if you don’t get inspired by something on this list, don’t give up.
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