Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women's Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety

Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women's Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety

by Patricia Nanoff
     
 

Help bridge the gap between the non-religious recovering community and the religious community

Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women's Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety details the recovery stories of alcoholic women in long-term sobriety and the role spirituality has played in transforming their life histories into healing narratives. This powerful book guides… See more details below

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Help bridge the gap between the non-religious recovering community and the religious community

Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women's Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety details the recovery stories of alcoholic women in long-term sobriety and the role spirituality has played in transforming their life histories into healing narratives. This powerful book guides helping professionals to an understanding of how the 12-step spirituality practiced by women in long-term sobriety has helped them through difficult life experiences and how the stories of those experiences can act as a rich resource for communities of faith.

The stories told in Rising from the Dead demonstrate the catastrophic nature of alcoholism, illustrating models of therapeutic listening and pastoral counseling that can help pastors, pastoral counselors, and chaplains working in the Christian community assist those who suffer from addiction. The book examines barriers that are specific to helping professionals and pastoral counselors, offering suggestions for the use of story in pastoral ministry and strategies for counseling. It includes practical applications for constructing a spiritual life story and suggested journal questions.

Rising from the Dead examines:

• Narrative construction
• Stories as sacred containers
• Stories from a therapeutic perspective
• Shame and guilt
• Threshold experiences
• Finding a path through Christian traditions
• God language
• Constructing a life story and a soul story
• And much more

Rising from the Dead: Sobriety Narratives and Sacramental Encounters is a comprehensive professional resource for pastors, pastoral counselors, chaplains, parish nurses, and seminary faculty teaching in the area of addiction ministry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789031730
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Haworth Pastoral Press Religion and Mental Health Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Dorsey Nanoff, DMin, LICSW, is Associate Professor at the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches in the areas of theology and applied medical ethics. Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a consultant and trainer in the areas of chemical dependency and family systems, and as a therapist in private practice. She has trained both nationally and internationally in the areas of alcoholism recovery, narrative construction, and spirituality of recovery.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part One: We Come to Tell Our Story
Chapter 1. A Conversation in Ordinary Time
Chapter 2. Entering Sacred Space
Part Two: We Come to Break the Bread
Chapter 3. From Story to Theory
Chapter 4. Descending into Hell: Shame and Guilt
Part Three: We Come to Know Our Rising from the Dead
Chapter 5. Standing Between Sin and Grace
Chapter 6. Navigating within Traditions
Chapter 7. To Speak Rightly of God
Chapter 8. Radical Brokenness and Radical Relationship
Chapter 9. On the Road to Emmaus
Chapter 10. More Conversations in Ordinary Time
Appendix
Notes

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