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The Heart of Recovery (Book Reviews)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I often find that forgiveness is a very interesting creature. Recently I wrote that "Reconciliation is more than simple forgiveness, but seeking to make community whole and better." Then I read the majority of the verses of Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:24, and Ephesians 2:15-18. In other words, what Deborah and David are doing with their book, The Heart of Recovery, is to show and hep those caught in painful addiction that there is a way out; a way of hope and future. It's why I love what God tells Jeremiah, "For I know the plans I have for you; they arethe way of peace, not evil, to give you a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

          If and when we all choose to do things the Lord's way we would more than often find ourselves in a much better community, a better way to live, and ultimately able to reconcile ourselves one to another. But to be honest about this work by this husband and wife team, the Beddoe's, I find their honesty, their love and compassion for one another isn't just far-reaching, but all inclusive. That's the way we all ought to be for and towards one another. When God talks about justice, this is what He means by it, to treat one another with His level of mercy and grace.

          I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review of the book. I did enjoy this book and it can help a lot of people. It's not meant for just recovery from addiction to pills, but alcohol, and a litany of other things including depression, bipolar disorder (what I suffer from and deal with), among a host of others that we all either deal with in our lives.

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