The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery (Paperback)Scott Weeman (author)
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In the first book to directly integrate the Twelve Steps with the practice of Catholicism, Scott Weeman, founder and director of Catholic in Recovery, pairs his personal story with compassionate straight talk to show Catholics how to bridge the commonly felt gap between the Higher Power of twelve-step programs and the merciful God that he rediscovered in the heart of the sacraments.
Weeman entered sobriety from alcohol and drugs on October 10, 2011, and he's made it his full-time ministry to help others who struggle with various types of addiction to find spiritual wholeness through Catholic in Recovery, an organization he founded and directs.
In The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, Weeman candidly tackles the struggle he and other addicts have with getting to know intimately the unnamed Higher Power of recovery. He shares stories of his compulsion to find a personal relationship with God and how his tentative steps back to the Catholic Church opened new doors of healing and brought him surprising joy as he came to know Christ in the sacraments.
Catholics in recovery and those moving toward it, as well as the people who love them will recognize Weeman's story and his spiritual struggle to personally encounter God.
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"In the eight decades since their initial formulation by a handful of alcoholics with the help of a few clergymen, the Twelve Steps have aided countless numbers of women and men with various addictions overcome their unhealthy attachments and go on to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives in their homes, in society and in their places of worship. In The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, Scott Weeman shares his own personal story of recovery and the stories of other recovering addicts to help us get a clear picture of the Twelve Steps and how they relate to the sacraments Christ established and left to his people for our sanctification. Whether you or someone you know is in recovery (or ought to be), whether you are a Catholic or not, this book will help you understand the sacraments in light of the Twelve Steps. More importantly, Weeman will help you see the Twelve Steps more clearly in the Light of Christ." --Marcus Grodi, Founder and president of The Coming Home Network International
"At last, a book that orients the wisdom of Twelve-Step recovery toward the grace of the sacraments and vice versa. Part memoir, part manual, Scott Weeman's The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments shows that the principles of the Twelve-Step movement harmonize perfectly with Catholic anthropology. It's all here: the slavery to a harmful pleasure, the realization that God alone can break the chains, the need for honest self-disclosure, and the call to help sufferers break free and stay that way. Weeman's own escape from the dark vortex of drug and alcohol addiction is proof positive that the sacraments can transform earthly sobriety into heavenly sanctity." --Patrick Coffin, Author and host of The Patrick Coffin Show
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