Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol

Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol

by Erin Jean Warde
Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol

Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol

by Erin Jean Warde


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"Perfect for Christians looking to reassess their relationship with alcohol."—Publishers Weekly

When author and Episcopal priest Erin Jean Warde quit drinking, she heard from many others in a similar situation seeking support. In Sober Spirituality, she combines personal storytelling with theological reflection to offer encouragement, wisdom, and practical insight for readers who want to reexamine their relationship with alcohol.

Warde explores the way our culture promotes alcohol consumption and shows how we can choose to change our perception of alcohol in our spiritual communities. She names not only the challenges of sobriety and spirituality but also the tremendous gifts and blessings that come through quitting drinking or being more mindful about alcohol use.

Readers will emerge with a deeper understanding of how their faith informs daily habits and choices. Sober Spirituality also calls the church to a better understanding of how it can ally with recovery communities. Ultimately, this book declares we are all worthy of an abundant and joyful life in mind, body, and soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435676
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2023
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 406,311
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Erin Jean Warde (MDiv, Seminary of the Southwest) is an ordained Episcopal priest, spiritual director, sobriety coach, and speaker who lives in Austin, Texas. She offers a course (Discerning Sobriety), Substack community, and podcast. She is also a founding editor and editor-at-large of Earth & Altar and has written for Mockingbird, the Christian Century, and Grow Christians.

Table of Contents

1. Waking Up
An Unexpected Invitation to Joy through Sobriety
2. From Fundamentalist to Whiskeypalian
When Church Is the Hardest Place to Be Sober
3. How Alcohol Affects the Body
Countering Common Myths about Alcohol's Benefits
4. Freedom from Deception
Exposing the Lies of the Alcohol Industry
5. The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation
Placing Alcohol in Scripture in Its Proper Context
6. Alcohol and Trauma
Showing Ourselves Compassion as We Ask Why We Drink
7. Reading the Big Book with a Box of Chardonnay
Moving Past False Binaries on Our Path to Healing
8. Yet Another Day One
Healing Doesn't Have to Be Linear
9. Sobriety as Incarnation and Resurrection
Reawakening to the Goodness of Our Bodies
10. Sobriety as Liberation
Honoring Black and LGBTQ Wisdom
11. Sobriety as Discernment
Practices That Remind Us of Our Belovedness
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