Spiritual Sobriety : Stumbling Back to Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad
by Elizabeth Esther


Overview - It s easy to get high on God in America.
But is this good religion?
In a compelling follow-up to her memoir, "Girl at the End of the World, "Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction.
The evidence is everywhere.
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Overview
It s easy to get high on God in America.
But is this good religion?
In a compelling follow-up to her memoir, "Girl at the End of the World, "Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction.
The evidence is everywhere. In families who inexplicably choose to harm their children in order to abide by cultic church doctrine. But in ordinary believers too who use God the same way addicts use drugs or alcohol to numb pain, alter their mood, or simply to escape the realities of this messy, unpredictable thing called "life."
If you ve ever wondered how a religion that preaches freedom and love can produce judgmental and unkind followers; if you ve ever felt captive to the demanding God of your own childhood; if you ve struggled to find contentment without needing another emotional hit from a life-changing conference or mountain-top experience, then "Spiritual Sobriety" is for you. The author, who grew up in a hyper-controlling church cult, will help you find hope and rebirth in the ruins of disillusioned faith.
Filled with stories and warm, practical advice, "Spiritual Sobriety" offers a gentle path out of the desperate cycles of craving-euphoria-hangover and into a freer, clean-and-sober faith practice."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307731890
  • ISBN-10: 0307731898
  • Publisher: Convergent Books
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Blogger and children's rights advocate Esther (Girl at the End of the World), raised in a strict and controlling Christian fundamentalist church cult, explains how growing up in a spiritually abusive church created a "pattern of behavior that closely mirrored alcoholism or addiction—except I wasn't consuming drugs to alter my moods, I was consuming God." After identifying her problem, Esther struggled to overcome depression but discovered that her religious addiction blocked her from understanding a purer truth: "Spiritually sober relationships spring from unconditional love and trust." Esther includes the stories of others who suffer from the same addiction, focusing on how they overcame their personal issues to find love, acceptance, and a deeper faith in God without hiding behind compulsions. Those afflicted with similar behaviors and obsessions will find hope in Esther's journey—whether their addictions revolve around alcohol, drugs, food, or faith. (Apr.)

 
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