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Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780736947473
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Does Christianity have an answer for addiction? As longtime pastor Mike Quarles's alcoholism worsened over eight years, churches and Christians referred him to treatment, 12-Step programs, therapy nothing worked. Steve McVey, also a pastor, repeatedly dished out the same advice Mike received, with similarly poor results


Until, in their frustration, God led them back to basic, addiction-breaking truths of His Word. The authors explain these for readers who want to help someone or who struggle themselves, because freedom from addiction is found only when Christians



  • fully believe what God says about their identity

  • move beyond the 12-Step concept of inescapable addict identity

  • stop harboring unforgiveness, get radically right with God, and dwell in who they are in Christ, which excludes engaging in addictive behaviors as a lifestyle

Material on codependency is included, as is information on implementing recovery/support groups for those leaving addiction and starting to live in God's glorious freedom.

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  1. Moss, Norway
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The only solution
    March 11, 2013
    Viking
    Moss, Norway
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a former addict to alcohol, drugs, soda, chocolate and more, I talk from experience. I prayed and prayed. Didn't get free. When I met the end of myself, I still prayed. I knew I couldn't break free. How did God answer my prayers? In different ways. But the point is: He did it! Not me. And this is what this book is all about; let Jesus free you. Don't try to free yourself. To easy to be true? Easy? Addiction is hell on earth. Only Jesus can really free a person. The writers excellently point out the problem; it's spiritual. We crave and get addicted to different stuff because we try to get our needs met outside from God. So what is the solution? Get our needs met in God. Wonderful book!
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 14, 2012
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "And Such were some of you..." With these words the Apostle Paul proclaimed his Corinthian readers, former drunkards, homosexuals, fornicators, and liars, free. Paul stamped their sinful past Finished, and proclaimed they are now sealed by the Holy Spirit, their identity is complete in Christ- an identity as Saints, with their birthright of freedom. This declaration, And Such Were Some Of You... is what every Christian who is struggling with alcohol or same sex attraction wants to hear. How did those brand new Christians at Corinth leave behind their past like that? How did they get free from their besetting sins? Mike Quarles would argue that that is the wrong question. The true question is Who set them free? Answer- Christ. The Christ whose ministry is sight to the blind, strength to the lame, and freedom to the captives, including those who were captive to drunkenness, homosexuality, adultery and lust. Jesus was the Man who changed them. Jesus alone. And we Christians still affirm that God alone can save us- but we usually think there is something we are doing that is keeping us saved, or sanctifying us. It is the same with addiction. We tell the Christian addict that God can help them, but they have to "help themselves"- something not one of us can do. We tell them that God can save them, but they must do something to stay that way. Men like Mike who struggled with drunkenness and men like Steve who counsel them are told there is an answer out side of Christ, or in addition to Christ, an answer found in programs and meetings and mentors and medication and detox and therapy: an answer found in our own will power. Can those programs help some people? They do. But for someone who just "can't seem to make the program work" can't "stay on the wagon" and can't get it all together, is there any hope for them? Not in programs- in the Person of Christ. And why should this surprise us?

    The message Mike and Steve proclaim is one found all over the New Testament- not one they invented. The message that you can be free from your addiction because you are free in Christ is almost startling. The message is that you are dead to sin whether we look like it, feel like it, understand it or not! You are alive to Christ, dead to sin. Romans Six teaches this, we are dead to sin, because we are in Christ, and we who are in Him were crucified with Him and are now dead to our sins . We are free from this, this thing that holds us bound, simply because we are in Christ.

    This book is a written both for the spouses, children, or friends of addicts or for a person who had formerly been a drinker and is now free in Christ and wishes to help others. Mike knows the pain of being an addict, and he knows the harm he did as an addict. As he says, he destroyed everything good in his life, and because he has seen the hurt he caused he can speak lovingly to the drinker and his family.

    I found the resources in the back very helpful, and I really appreciated the section on giving the addict an ultimatum, and then giving them the consequences, but never out of vengeance, out of love that is willing to be tough. As Mike says, "Your motivation needs to be because you want to stop enabling someone with addictive behavior to live in a way that is sinful and destructive. It must be because you no longer want to be part of the problem. For them to find their freedom they need to come to the end of themselves and their resources. Only God can bring them to the end of self, but you can choose to stop being a major part of their resources." This is a book that is not about what you can do, or the drinker can do. This book is about what Christ has already done. This book is not written to help us cope, or to help us just barely stay sober. The premise of this book is that Grace can give us lasting freedom, founded in our eternal identity as Christians.We can be free by realizing that we have been given the righteousness of Christ, we are not filthy sinners anymore, we are the Saints. There is much hope, true hope, for When the Son sets you Free you are free indeed. By Grace we truly can walk in the newness of life.

    How God's Grace brings lasting freedom. His ministry is Grace Walk Recovery, along with his coauthor Steve McVey. His website is Freedomfromaddiction.org. Together they are dedicated to leading the Body of Christ "back to basic, addiction-breaking truths of HW "And Such were some of you..." With these words the Apostle Paul proclaimed his Corinthian readers, former drunkards, homosexuals, fornicators, and liars, free. Paul stamped their sinful past Finished, and proclaimed they are now sealed by the Holy Spirit, their identity is complete in Christ- an identity as Saints, with their birthright of freedom. This declaration, And Such Were Some Of You... is what every Christian who is struggling with alcohol or same sex attraction wants to hear. How did those brand new Christians at Corinth leave behind their past like that? How did they get free from their besetting sins? Mike Quarles would argue that that is the wrong question. The true question is Who set them free? Answer- Christ. The Christ whose ministry is sight to the blind, strength to the lame, and freedom to the captives, including those who were captive to drunkenness, homosexuality, adultery and lust. Jesus was the Man who changed them. Jesus alone. And we Christians still affirm that God alone can save us- but we usually think there is something we are doing that is keeping us saved, or sanctifying us. It is the same with addiction. We tell the Christian addict that God can help them, but they have to "help themselves"- something not one of us can do. We tell them that God can save them, but they must do something to stay that way. Men like Mike who struggled with drunkenness and men like Steve who counsel them are told there is an answer out side of Christ, or in addition to Christ, an answer found in programs and meetings and mentors and medication and detox and therapy: an answer found in our own will power. Can those programs help some people? They do. But for someone who just "can't seem to make the program work" can't "stay on the wagon" and can't get it all together, is there any hope for them? Not in programs- in the Person of Christ. And why should this surprise us?

    The message Mike and Steve proclaim is one found all over the New Testament- not one they invented. The message that you can be free from your addiction because you are free in Christ is almost startling. The message is that you are dead to sin whether we look like it, feel like it, understand it or not! You are alive to Christ, dead to sin. Romans Six teaches this, we are dead to sin, because we are in Christ, and we who are in Him were crucified with Him and are now dead to our sins . We are free from this, this thing that holds us bound, simply because we are in Christ.

    This book is a written both for the spouses, children, or friends of addicts or for a person who had formerly been a drinker and is now free in Christ and wishes to help others. Mike knows the pain of being an addict, and he knows the harm he did as an addict. As he says, he destroyed everything good in his life, and because he has seen the hurt he caused he can speak lovingly to the drinker and his family.

    I found the resources in the back very helpful, and I really appreciated the section on giving the addict an ultimatum, and then giving them the consequences, but never out of vengeance, out of love that is willing to be tough. As Mike says, "Your motivation needs to be because you want to stop enabling someone with addictive behavior to live in a way that is sinful and destructive. It must be because you no longer want to be part of the problem. For them to find their freedom they need to come to the end of themselves and their resources. Only God can bring them to the end of self, but you can choose to stop being a major part of their resources." This is a book that is not about what you can do, or the drinker can do. This book is about what Christ has already done. This book is not written to help us cope, or to help us just barely stay sober. The premise of this book is that Grace can give us lasting freedom, founded in our eternal identity as Christians.We can be free by realizing that we have been given the righteousness of Christ, we are not filthy sinners anymore, we are the Saints. There is much hope, true hope, for When the Son sets you Free you are free indeed. By Grace we truly can walk in the newness of life.

    How God's Grace brings lasting freedom. His ministry is Grace Walk Recovery, along with his coauthor Steve McVey. His website is Freedomfromaddiction.org. Together they are dedicated to leading the Body of Christ "back to basic, addiction-breaking truths of His Word. The authors explain these for readers who want to help someone or who struggle themselves, because freedom from addiction is found only when Christians

    Fully believe what God says about their identity

    Move beyond the 12-Step concept of inescapable "addict identity"

    Stop harboring unforgiveness, get radicly right with God, and dwell in who they are in Christ, which excludes engaging in addictive behaviors as a lifestyle"

    ord. The authors explain these for readers who want to help someone or who struggle themselves, because freedom from addiction is found only when Christians

    Fully believe what God says about their identity

    Move beyond the 12-Step concept of inescapable "addict identity"

    Stop harboring unforgiveness, get radicly right with God, and dwell in who they are in Christ, which excludes engaging in addictive behaviors as a lifestyle"
  3. Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace, Addiction, and no how to...
    April 9, 2012
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    It is probably my own fault I didn't get this book. I misunderstood it's purpose initially, and so the reason I got it was not the reason it was written. Still, I thought there might be more than just "if you understand grace, your addictions can be conquered." I get that. I agree. I disagree with the idea (as do the authors) that addictions are yours forever, that there is no hope for the addict - Jesus brings that hope, no question.

    But when Jesus healed the man at the pool in Bethsaida, he told him to "go and sin no more". He didn't tell him to rest comfortably in grace until the end of days. He told him to DO something - which McVey and Quarles would say was working to get something that Christ already gave. Repeatedly, they seem to be asserting that if you do anything in your quest for healing for addiction, except go to their type of meetings, then you are trying to work free of something that Jesus already freed you from.

    Ummmm_.I believe in Galatians 5:1, but I also believe in James 2:14. I believe in the idea that grace covers my sin, but I also believe that when my sinful behavior is not repented of, I have not allowed that grace to work. Repentance is a clear part of the gospel, one that I sense is being overlooked and dismissed here as work that doesn't need to be done.

    Perhaps I am misunderstanding McVey and Quarles. If that is the case, I apologize for my lack of comprehension, but I stand by the idea that there is no forgiveness without repentance, and addict or otherwise, it is reasonable to expect that with repentance comes a turning away from the sin that once gripped you. Grace is not limited, but it has to be accepted. Gifts unopened are gifts unused.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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