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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: New Growth Press (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934885940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934885949
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the heart, addiction is a spiritual problem. It demands a spiritual solution. No stranger to this topic, Ed Welch gently confront struggling addicts with Gods truth, both about their self-deception and the surprising grace of Jesus, who makes all things new. This study is truly centered on the person of Christ --Dr. Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Edward Welch has pioneered the movement in biblical counseling from behavior modification into a heart centered on worshiping the one and true living God. Dr. Welch accomplishes this shift by revealing the glory of God in his redemptive work and taking it out of the hands of self-sufficiency. With Crossroads, Dr. Welch ahs found a way to morph the addicts story into the Story of God by not letting the addict identify himself with his current sin of addiction, and by calling the addict to repentance and dependence on Christ. --Pastor James Noriega, Shepherding Pastor Specializing in Addiction, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, WA

About the Author

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years and has written many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.

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Crossroads was designed as a group study for those struggling with addiction. These ten steps, presented in author Ed Welch's trademark direct, no-nonsense style, provide a biblical and practical framework for change. Welch is a wise and loving partner who walks beside readers on their journey to freedom. Along the way, they will learn to recognize the patterns of addiction, to choose wisdom over foolish desires, and to cling to the hope they have in Jesus, who sets captives free. The path away from addiction has been laid by a God who is full of surprises, who faithfully pursues those enslaved even though they have deliberately avoided him.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marie Notcheva on January 20, 2011
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"Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction" is the best resource for Christians with addictions (including eating disorders) I've seen yet. Written by Ed Welch, who holds a PhD in counseling psychology and serves as counselor, faculty member, and director of the School of Biblical Counseling at CCEF, "Crossroads" is a 10-part study guide rooted in his earlier book "Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave".

What makes this book so good is that is speaks directly and yet compassionately to the heart of life-dominating sin. I have read many books dealing with the issue of habitual sin or behavioral addictions from a biblical perspective, but none which cut to the heart of the matter as effectively as "Crossroads". While unflinchingly unmasking the lies and sin inherent in addiction, Welch avoids spiritual-sounding cliches, polysyllabic "Christianeze" terms, and endless lists of verses to look up and memorize.

"Are You Still in the Pit? Look Up!"

Since "Crossroads" is geared towards individuals still controlled by their respective vices, such exercises would probably scare the reader away rather than help them. (The average addict does not have the attention span to complete a lengthy homework assignment anyway). This book is a valuable first step to help the desperate Christian get to where he/she IS functioning at peak capacity, and can do the hard work of biblical change. It is assumed that the reader is at the critical or crisis stage, still living as a slave to sin, and looking for hope.

Welch gives that hope effectively, and shows the wanderer how to come home - step by step.

Realizing that you are double-minded is one of the first steps to repenting of an addiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EkkyBoy on November 24, 2011
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Crossroads is one of the best books out there for the addicted as well as those who want to minister to the addict. At first, I thought it would be another "fluff" book because he approached the topic differently than most: he did not start with sin and condemnation before giving the good news. He first started by addressing the addicts real problem: allegiances!

An addict, whether he/she realizes is siding with Satan in their addiction even if they do not want to side with him. He skillfully points out that addicts love their flesh even when they hate their addictions and from there offers them lasting hope. Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 55 are pivotal verses he uses to invite the addict to God's Banquet. God calls sinners to His banquet, which is much better than the banquet the addict is now engaged in.

This 10 step book will guide the addict into a personal relationship with Christ and help keep him/her focused on what really matters--Christ Himself!

I would also recommend the leader's guide for those who want to minister. It has helped me a great deal and given me suggestions (which it is designed for) to engage the addict in certain areas of conversation.

This book was very helpful in helping me minister to addicts. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who asks.
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Sound assessment of what we need to overcome addictions with perfect scripture references to strengthen us.
Sound assessment of what we need to overcome addictions with perfect scripture references to strengthen us.
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By student220 on January 5, 2013
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Great insight from a respected authority on addiction. This study guide is a great tool for understanding repetitive sin and gives practical ways to help you deal with desires that turned into bondage. Gives readers a clear picture to a biblical worldview.
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