The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help Is Not Enough   -     By: Sharon Hersh
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The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help Is Not Enough

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This is not a book of "self-help" answers or "how-to" steps. It is a book about falling down and getting up again, about realizing that we need more than ourselves to be saved. The truth is, we're not as bad as we think we are - and we are worse than we ever dreamed. When we live between those two realities, we are ready to let go of the last idol: the belief that we can save ourselves. A Focus on the Family Recommendation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0877882037
ISBN-13: 9780877882039
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Publisher's Description

In an age of tell-all addiction memoirs and reality television programs, we gulp down the stories of others in the hope that we, too, can be overcomers–even as we continue to love a person, substance, activity, or ideology too much.

As Sharon Hersh writes, “We all suffer from the same condition.” In The Last Addiction, she explores why we are prone to addiction–to make one thing in our lives more central than it should be–and how we can break free of our compulsions.

This is not a book of “self-help” answers or “how-to” steps. It is a book about falling down and getting up again, about realizing that we need more than ourselves to be saved. The truth is, we’re not as bad as we think we are–and we are worse than we ever dreamed. When we live between those two realities, we are ready to let go of the last idol: the belief that we can save ourselves.

The Last Addiction
invites you to see your own story more clearly as you better understand your longing for intimacy. It invites you to love boldly and receive love in return. It invites you to the freedom of redemption.

Author Bio

Sharon Hersh is a licensed professional counselor and the director of Women’s Recovery & Renewal, a ministry of counseling, retreat, and support services for struggling women. She is an adjunct professor in Addictions Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary, Mars Hills Graduate School, and Colorado Christian University. She is the author of several books, including Bravehearts, “Mom, I Feel Fat!” “Mom, I Hate My Life!” and “Mom, Sex Is No Big Deal!” She is a sought-after speaker for conferences and retreats. Sharon lives with her family in Lone Tree, Colorado.


Editorial Reviews

"The absolute best book I've read on addiction."
Beth Moore, best-selling author and Bible teacher

“There is a different life beyond addiction. Read this brilliantly crafted, true book. Then, read it again. There’s hope in these pages. A new life, a better life. Take it.”
Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc. (www.aplaceofhope.com), and author of 16 books


“Sharon Hersh is a brilliant artist of the heart whose broken story radiates with the mystery of relentless, down and dirty, truth-filled love. It is scandalous to claim, as Sharon does, that an addiction bears a gift for the addict and for all those who care for him. If it is true, and it is, then shame is not our final covering, nor is sorrow our only friend. If you know you struggle with gods that are not your creator, but have created madness, loneliness, and heartache, then the journey of The Last Addiction will bring you face to face with the One whose transforming love is our deepest desire.”
Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., president and professor of counseling, Mars Hill Graduate School, author of Leading with a Limp and To Be Told


“A must-read for anyone who wants to go beyond addiction into the heart and soul of recovery.”
William Cope Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption


“I love this book because Sharon reveals the most beautiful truth: We’re all addicts. And we all have Hope.”
Peter Hiett, pastor and author

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  1. Houston TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Like a great song with new lyrics
    September 11, 2012
    Tex T
    Houston TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm always searching for new ways to tell people how to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Sharon's emphasis on 1] reaching the bottom, the desperation point, and 2] finding God in the addiction, and 3] seeing the value of going through the addiction is the new twist that makes people understand why they need to surrender to God, which is the central fact of our relationship with Him. It's a 'new' way to tell the story that will reach a lot of people who wouldn't ever get it any other way. It's part of the reason the stories are so important to reaching and touching peoples' lives with the love and the life of Jesus. I'm not through yet, but I can already see that this book will be a great tool for discipleship; which is the focus of my ministry. She's right, "The last idol: [really is] the belief that we can save ourselves."
  2. Atlanta, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    It appears to be very comprehensive
    September 10, 2012
    Florence A. Macfall
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have not completed the book at this writing, however, what I have read so far is easy to understand and I am pleased with what I have read so far.
  3. Indiana
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    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not for Me
    July 30, 2012
    Bobb
    Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book is the personal account of a counselor who has struggled with an addiction and counseled those with addictions. I appreciated the candidness of this author very much and her openness to share the intimate details of her lifelong struggle. However, it did not meet my specific needs and I felt more discouraged after reading this book. While I totally agree that God is the only one who can truly satisfy our deepest needs, too much of this book left me feeling relatively hopeless.
  4. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 20, 2011
    Pastor Tim
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very pleased with insights from the author who has a solid grasp of addictions from personal experience as well as her counseling practice. She integrates Christian values in an appropriate manner. I was concerned about her own experience with yoga and zen as I believe they are incompatible with Christianity, but these are mentioned only briefly in the text.
  5. Louisiana
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    January 7, 2011
    redspoint1
    Louisiana
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent book, addiction is a heartbreaking experience for all involved, this gives examples for those in addiction and those who love addicts. Excellent, excellent information.
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