5 Stars Out Of 5
Book Review: Bridges to Grace
August 5, 2011
Ministry Design Coach
Book Review: Bridges to Grace: Innovative Approaches to Recovery Ministry by Liz Swanson & Teresa McBean
The authors ask the question: "_where is the church in the world of recovery"? They answer their own question by providing the reader with 9 examples of churches that are addressing the brokenness of sin in their communities, drugs, gambling, sexual and various other addictions that cripple people from all walks of life. They state "we need a realistic understanding of how to work through our issues, our struggles with sinful behavior, so we can experience more than just relief from our struggles. We all need recovery in different ways, for different reasons, but we all want to see lives restored and healed by the grace of God."
Their collaboration of research and experience are put to good use revealing one example after another of innovative approaches to recovery ministries developed by churches. They clearly realize that there are different approaches to recovery ministry in the church today and there is no "one size fits all" pattern for effective and transformative ministry. Each church must go on their own journey to discover and develop God's plan for their particular situation. "Instead of simply highlighting one or two models for ministry, this book shows the remarkable diversity of church recovery models, making it a unique resource unlike any other work written on the subject of recovery."
I believe you will find this book challenging, inspirational and educational. That is the author's purpose and I believe they have accomplished that in this book that is written in story form. They address the book to pastors, ministry and recovery leaders hoping to answer the following questions:
â€¢ Why do churches start recovery ministries?
â€¢ How do we begin this type of ministry, and what are the options?
â€¢ What have other churches learned that might help us?
I would encourage you to go on this journey with the stories of these nine churches that stretched themselves to serve the Lord in a difficult and much needed area. Perhaps the Lord would have you to be stretched as well. One that provides for others a "place of hope, healing, and transformation, a true bridge to grace".