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About the Author

Liz Swanson is the Project Director for Tango Family Initiative, an organization committed to helping build healthy families and marriages through changed lives. Before coming to Tango, Liz served for five years with Leadership Network as the National Leadership Community Director for Recovery Ministry.  As a result of her research into recovery, Liz lead and convened 55 churches who are leading the charge for recovery in the church. Liz taught Communications at Colorado State University and Front Range Community College. Before embarking on her teaching career she served for 22 years  with Campus Crusade for Christ.  She resides in Louisville, Colorado with her husband Eric.

Teresa McBean is the Executive Director of the National Association for Christian Recovery, an organization providing resources, training, and hope to Christian organizations and individuals serving addicts and their families. Her passion for recovery is expressed through her service as minister of NorthStar Community (NSC), a position she has held since 1999. NSC is a recovery ministry of Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She and her husband, Peter, have three children.

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Product Details

  • Series: Leadership Network Innovation Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little about me... I live outside of Boulder, Colorado with Eric--my husband of 34 years. We have three grown kids and four grandkids. I worked in the campus ministry of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 23 years before pursuing a masters in Speech Communication, which led to a few years of teaching at Front Range Community College and Colorado State University. After leaving Leadership Network, where I focused on churches with vibrant recovery ministries I began to interview "family champions" (people who are passionate about helping others experience healthy family and marriage)as part of the Tango Family Initiative (www.tangofamilyinitiative.com). I love good friends and family--especially the times hanging out with my 3 sisters. I enjoy music and good movies, scenic drives, and experiencing new places.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 30, 2011
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Hopeless and helpless people are finding their way back to God, both within the four walls of the church and outside our traditional structures, through the door of recovery, according to Liz Swanson and Teresa McBean in this book. The book tells the stories of a number of churches which have differing types of significant recovery ministries.

* Christian Assemblies Church has created a culture of acceptance and grace based on the AA Twelve Steps model.
* Woodcrest Chapel requires all staff to take the recovery class Making Peace with Your Past, and uses a ministry team model that includes: losing regularly, acknowledging problems early, sharing feelings appropriately, and taking both sides.
* Henderson Hills Baptist Church runs a Ministries of Jesus Clinic, in which a team of experts helps people with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and this includes a recovery program.
* Salem Alliance Church's staff team worked through the Twelve Steps program together to ensure leadership commitment to its recovery program.
* Bon Air Baptist Church's recovery ministry NorthStar was reaching people who would not fit comfortably in a normal church, resulting in the planting of new churches.
* Caveland Baptist Church set up its ADO program (addiction, deliverance, outreach) in response to a drug epidemic in the town.
* Grace United Methodist Church uses the Celebrate Recovery program, and their recovery ministry has become a key part of the church's evangelism and growth.
* Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church is an African American church which runs an Adult Rehabilitation Ministry, providing homes, encouragement and discipleship for addicts in recovery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penelope J. Parisi on July 8, 2011
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I picked up this book because I happen to go to one of the churches highlighted within it's pages. What a surprise to find a reason and a path to integrate an atmosphere of openness to our church culture!! The stories were moving and confirmed the fact that ALL of us are "broken". No one has arrived!! We are all in need of forgiveness and grace!
In the appendix of the book is a chapter entitled "Understanding the Twelve Steps". As a family member of a person fresh from rehab, this part was especially important. With God, there is always hope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ministry Design Coach on August 5, 2011
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Book Review: Bridges to Grace: Innovative Approaches to Recovery Ministry by Liz Swanson & Teresa McBean
The authors ask the question: "...where is the church in the world of recovery"? They answer their own question by providing the reader with 9 examples of churches that are addressing the brokenness of sin in their communities, drugs, gambling, sexual and various other addictions that cripple people from all walks of life. They state "we need a realistic understanding of how to work through our issues, our struggles with sinful behavior, so we can experience more than just relief from our struggles. We all need recovery in different ways, for different reasons, but we all want to see lives restored and healed by the grace of God."
Their collaboration of research and experience are put to good use revealing one example after another of innovative approaches to recovery ministries developed by churches. They clearly realize that there are different approaches to recovery ministry in the church today and there is no "one size fits all" pattern for effective and transformative ministry. Each church must go on their own journey to discover and develop God's plan for their particular situation. "Instead of simply highlighting one or two models for ministry, this book shows the remarkable diversity of church recovery models, making it a unique resource unlike any other work written on the subject of recovery."
I believe you will find this book challenging, inspirational and educational. That is the author's purpose and I believe they have accomplished that in this book that is written in story form. They address the book to pastors, ministry and recovery leaders hoping to answer the following questions:
* Why do churches start recovery ministries?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the princess bookworm on August 8, 2011
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I was born in 1956. As far back as I remember my family was in church - always...we went most every Sunday, but WHAT we could take there with us was in question. Back then church was more about attending and "doing", not bad things, it's just that recovery had not yet been invented - in a religious setting, as a way to help families deal with addiction. My family could have used some help. In 2011, have things changed so much? I am one lucky cookie to be a part of a remarkable ministry that embraces the messiness and mixed-upness of those desperately in need of...the healing touch of Jesus that the communities in this book represent. Liz Swanson and Teresa McBean are telling stories - of castaways looking for home. All the people in this book were in need, so was I. Now, here's the thing - who would have thought that ministers and leaders in church, would be in that number as well? In need of knowing and telling their own truth and finding a place safe enough for themselves - to call home and be the leaders God calls to pastor a world dying from fear and shame? What the world of all that is sacred needs now...is the hope written about in this beautiful book...and many many many more, just like it.
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