Wonderful Bible for those of us who suffer from any type of addiction and are trying to recover.
"The popular Life Recovery Bible is now available in the New Living Translation. Designed for both the Christian who is seeking God's view on recovery and the non-Christian who is seeking God and answers to recovery, the Life Recovery Bible will lead readers to the source of true healing-God himself. The features of this best-selling Bible were brought together by two of today's leading recovery experts, David Stoop, Ph.D., and Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed.
Recovery notes pinpoint passages and thoughts important to people in recovery.
Twelve Step devotionals discuss the important truths of the Twelve Steps in the context of Scripture.
Serenity Prayer devotionals reflect on principles from the Serenity Prayer illuminated by specific Bible passages.
Recovery Profiles feature recovery lessons drawn from the lives of key Bible people.
Recovery Principle devotionals show how the Bible addresses many specific concerns of people in recovery."
My husband has dealt with alcoholism all his life. His maternal grandparents were both alcoholics who abandoned their children at various times. He is the youngest of five brothers and he has one sister that is younger. Three of his older brothers have had problems with drugs and alcohol. His oldest brother gave him his very first drink at the age of 12. He never really had a chance. That's not an excuse because at some point you start to recognize right from wrong and the destruction those things can have on your life. But I'm proud to tell you that in June of this year my husband will have 4 years of sobriety. It's something he has worked very hard on and I believe he will be the first to tell you he couldn't have done it without God. That being said, I was super excited to be able to receive - free of charge- The Life Recovery Bible from Tyndale House Publishers.
This New Living Translation Bible was edited to help those who have or are going through recovery programs. The editors are Stephen Arterburn, founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and David Stoop, founder and director of The Center for Family Therapy. There are several devotionals throughout the bible that provide a biblical basis for recovery. There are the Twelve Step Devotionals, Serenity Prayer Devotionals, and Recovery Principle Devotionals. Another great feature of this Bible is the profiles of Bible characters and important recovery lessons that they provide. There are also book outlines, a topical index, and an user's guide to name a few.
I looked over the Bible and read a few of the devotionals. I enjoyed them and felt they could even be applied to the life of someone who is not going through recovery. My husband also enjoyed it and said the features that dealt with recovery were well-written and easy to follow. He did say that some people that attend twelve step programs may take offense to someone bringing the Bible to a meeting because not everyone identifies their "higher power" as God. However, we both agreed that this Bible would be very useful to someone who has accepted that God is the ONLY higher power and is on the road to becoming a true follower of Christ.
Getting clean and/or sober is not an easy process. It takes years and lots of hard work. I'm thankful that my husband has decided he is worth the effort of recovery. I'm thankful that GOD allowed me to marry this wonderful man. I'm also happy that the Life Recovery Bible is available to people like my husband who are seeking to do God's will and stay on the recovery path.
I received this Bible, free of charge, from Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was not compensated in any other way by Tyndale.