Hunger for Healing Workbook

Hunger for Healing Workbook

by J. Keith Miller
     
 

A practical, exercise-filled companion to A Hunger for Healing that puts into practice the Christian principles of healing and growth

For many thousands of people, the Twelve Steps have become the spiritual discipline for a new decade, a way to turn to God and begin a pilgrimage toward wholeness as well as a journey out of addiction. Relating each of the

Overview

A practical, exercise-filled companion to A Hunger for Healing that puts into practice the Christian principles of healing and growth

For many thousands of people, the Twelve Steps have become the spiritual discipline for a new decade, a way to turn to God and begin a pilgrimage toward wholeness as well as a journey out of addiction. Relating each of the Steps to biblical teaching, J. Keith Miller takes the reader inside the Steps, actually working through each one.

Each section of A Hunger for Healing Workbook begins with one of the Twelve Steps, followed by a biblical quote that touches upon the theme, a suggested reading in A Hunger for Healing, and a concise explanation of the Step and how it relates to spiritual growth. Built on solid biblical principles, the exercises and inventories provided will promote introspection, reflection, and action — a clear pathway out of compulsion and pain into a world of serenity and healthy interaction with God and others.

Step by Step, this life-transforming program helps readers to

  • Acknowledge their need for God's healing power
  • Surrender to God's care
  • Let God remove character defects
  • Reconcile themselves with God and others
  • Use prayer to enrich the life of the spirit
  • Heal broken lives and relationships

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060657215
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
426,927
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

InA Hunger for Healing I described the ways in which the Twelve-Step program offers a new model for Christian discipleship and spiritual maturity. I firmly believe that the Twelve Steps are a gift that can help all of us, even those free of evident addiction, to be changed by a loving, supportive God who guides us through the pain, anxiety, and confusion of our lives and shows us how to go beyond our own selfish agendas and live a meaningful life seeking God's will. In that book, I tried to take readers inside the spiritual process of each of the Twelve Steps to taste the healing, growing experience of surrendering ourselves to a Higher Power -- to us Christians, the God of Jesus Christ.

This workbook is designed as a companion to that effort. The Twelve Steps cannot be "worked" overnight, nor can they be hurried. The self-transformation that the process entails requires a slow, careful program of prayer, meditation, study, introspection, reflection, and action. The exercises and forms provided in this workbook, in conjunction with the reading you'll do in A Hunger for Healing, will guide you slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully along the path of spiritual growth. Although this workbook is designed as a private guide, it is in no way intended to replace or lessen one's participation in the loving community provided by meetings with others on the way to recovery and a deeper relationship with God. In fact, many will find it helpful to work these steps as a part of a group gathered for that purpose.

Having said that, it is also true that experience indicates that ultimately eachperson will have to go through the steps at her or his own pace. Thoroughness is important. Speed and competitiveness are often indications of the disease.

I want to state very clearly that there is not a prescribed "correct" way to take the Twelve Steps. Each pilgrim must make many decisions about the best way for him or her. The material in this workbook and in my previous book comes from many sources and was filtered through my own life and experience while working the steps and working with others in the program.

The Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions

The Twelve Steps of Sinners Anonymous

1.We admitted we were powerless over our Sin -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
4.Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6.Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7.Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
8.Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9.Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10.Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11.Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
12.Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Hunger for Healing Workbook. Copyright © by J. Keith Miller. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

J. Keith Miller, the author of A Hunger for Healing, is a popular speaker and conference leader, and author. Among his best-selling books are The Taste of New Wine and Hope in the Fast Lane. He is also the coauthor of Facing Codependence.

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