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

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Bridging the gap between spirituality and the recovering community, Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women’s Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety tells the stories of alcoholic women in long-term sobriety whose faith-based rehabilitation healed and transformed their lives. Using the format adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in telling their stories, each woman tells “how it was, what happened, and how it is now.” Their stories are first examined within the more secular models of treatment, and then in relation to ...

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Overview

Bridging the gap between spirituality and the recovering community, Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women’s Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety tells the stories of alcoholic women in long-term sobriety whose faith-based rehabilitation healed and transformed their lives. Using the format adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in telling their stories, each woman tells “how it was, what happened, and how it is now.” Their stories are first examined within the more secular models of treatment, and then in relation to theological categories and models. Illustrating the catastrophic nature of alcoholism as well as the hopeful path to recovery, this book offers a practical and valuable guide for professionals working in the Christian community to assist women suffering from addiction.

Rising from the Dead describes the 12-step spiritual approach to treating addiction, and offers strategies for strengthening and developing the spiritual lives of those afflicted with this burden. This book examines the use of stories from a therapeutic and Christian perspective, and suggests models for therapeutic listening and counseling. It also covers narrative construction, issues with shame and guilt, threshold experiences, God language, and much more. An indispensable book on healing through communities of faith, Rising from the Dead: Stories of Women’s Spiritual Journeys to Sobriety is ideal for pastors, pastoral counselors, chaplains, parish nurses, and seminary faculty teaching in the area of addiction ministry.

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James B. Nelson
Repeatedly etched throughout these women's stories are the themes of new life, new community, and new visions of the sacred, and Nanoff weaves these themes into an effective demonstration of narrative counseling. Particularly compelling is her understanding of healing from shame as a deeply incarnational process grounded in spiritual community. . . . A SPLENDID RESOURCE FOR BOTH THERAPISTS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS—and it is a joyful celebration of true resurrection in recovering women. (James B. Nelson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities; Author, Thirst: God and the Alcoholic Experience)
Katherine van Wormer
HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN REVEALING THE POWER OF REDEMPTION AND THE JOY OF HEALING. The women's stories are compelling as well as empowering to the reader. . . . MUST READING FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PRACTITIONERS, whether they are of the 12 Step tradition or as myself, of the harm reduction school; PASTORAL COUNSELORS WILL FIND MUCH OF VALUE HERE. Nanoff writes with conviction yet not dogmatically from the perspective of a feminist Christian theologian and clinical social worker as she takes us into the world of women who have found a 'pathway from hell to redemption.' Nanoff, through her skillful editing of interviews with women in recovery, maps the territory of their journeys so that others might follow the same path and find hope even in the most depressing of circumstances. Women battling the throes of addiction willing to embark on a spiritual journey will find many gems in this delightful volume on spiritual growth and recovery. Social work educators will find much of interest here for use in their teaching. Pastors will certainly want to keep copies on hand to share with members of the congregation dealing with issues related to alcoholism and drug use. Because the book is relevant to women's issues, counselors in women's shelters might well keep a supply on hand to share with residents who so often have a history of alcohol problems. (Katherine van Wormer, MSSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa; Co-Author of Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective)
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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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. PART I: WE COME TO TELL OUR STORY. Chapter 1. A Conversation in Ordinary Time. Chapter 2. Entering Sacred Space. PART II: WE COME TO BREAK THE BREAD. Chapter 3. From Story to Theory. Chapter 4. Descending into Hell: Shame and Guilt. PART III: 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. The Twelve Steps. The Twelve Traditions. Notes. Index.

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