The Heart of Recovery: How Compassion and Community Offer Hope in the Wake of Addiction

The Heart of Recovery: How Compassion and Community Offer Hope in the Wake of Addiction

by Deborah Beddoe, David Beddoe


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The United States is the most medicated country in the world. More than 1.7 million Americans are struggling with addiction to prescription painkillers, fueling the opioid crisis that claims more than 140 lives every day. The trouble isn't just the drugs—it's that we don't know what to do with the people addicted to them. Not as a country, not as the church. Is tough love called for? Or would Christ have us take a different approach to addiction recovery?

Drawn from the personal experience of the authors and current research, The Heart of Recovery calls us to set aside judgment and mend recovering addicts and their families with the stuff God uses to heal: compassion and community. It's a call to serve the ones who cannot repay, to forgive 70 times 7, to fling the door wide-open to the prodigal, and to remember the purpose of grace. A supportive community—family, friends, the church, and more—encourages and sustains long-term recovery. Through compassion, we bring hope for healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800736552
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 605,251
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Deborah Beddoe has been a writer for numerous nonprofit recovery ministries including rescue missions and Prison Fellowship. David Beddoe, now a pastor, has worked in recovery ministry for nearly a decade following his own fifteen-year battle with prescription drug addiction. Their story has been featured in Guideposts and Christianity Today. The Beddoes have four grown and nearly grown children and live in Poulsbo, Washington, across the Puget Sound from Seattle.

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The Heart of Recovery: How Compassion and Community Offer Hope in the Wake of Addiction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MindyStaley 2 days ago
In The Heart of Recovery, Deborah and David Beddoe walk us through several ways to stick with it during this crisis our country is having. The Beddoes bring up several original points concerning how we should be able to deal with the people that need to recover from their addictions. Each point is enhanced by walking us through the way we could be feeling and the best ways to help encourage and build up those recovering addicts. The Beddoes do not hold back and they speak clearly in layman’s terms to us. Overall, The Heart of Recovery is a book that is perfect for those needing help in knowing how to minister to and stick by those who need it most.
benhli38 3 days ago
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.