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 simply reading books doesn’t usually help someone recovery fully from a substance abuse disorder, we believe that reading can be a healthy habit and outlet during rehab and through the years of recovery that follow. But, what should Christians in recovery read?
Obviously, we think reading the Scriptures is a good idea for anyone, but outside of that, every person has to find the right type of book for them. Here’s a short list of recommended Christian books on addiction and related subjects that provide a jumping off point for your explorational of Biblical and spiritual literature on the topic.
Prayer Steps to Serenity: Daily Quiet Time Edition
This book by L. G. Parkhurst is available in both paperback and an affordable Kindle edition. It’s a great companion book for those who are getting involved with the 12 Steps during recovery, but you don’t have to be following the 12 Steps to benefit from this devotional book. The book includes 60 short meditations that can be used for individual prayer, Bible study, reflection time or even group discussions. The meditations are all related to topics involved in the 12 Steps, such as righting your wrongs, praying and seeking to do right.
The Life Recovery Bible
This is a New Living Translation Bible with passages and devotionals incorporated throughout that are specific to recovery. The Life Recovery Bible was written by leading addiction experts Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Carrying it allows those who are recovering to have ready access to the Scriptures and to written guidance in seeking passages that speak to addiction.
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, and 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 some of the darkest areas of Hong Kong. While not a recovery book in the sense of some others on this list, it presents a powerful, courageous look at what addiction and drugs are capable of and how the love of Christ is more than able 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.
If you’re not already in recovery and are dealing with substance abuse or addiction, don’t rely solely on reading online and off. Instead, reach out for help from professionals. At The Christian Addiction Treatment Center, our Road to Recovery program combines proven rehab and behavioral therapy techniques with Biblically based methods to help you break free from addiction and improve your relationships with Christ.
For more information about how you can break out of the addiction cycle with God’s help, call us today. Our caring admissions counselors are always available to take your call.