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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416543953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416543954
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A former pastor of the same Saddleback Church that's famous for bestselling author Rick Warren (who provides the foreword), Baker designs an eight-step Christian recovery program geared toward enjoying spiritual freedom from hurts, hangups and bad habits. Baker's book is based on Warren's sermon series Road to Recovery, which has been tested in the lives of more than 400,000 people in 10,000 churches. Baker's eight steps to spiritual freedom (admitting need, getting help, letting go, coming clean, making changes, repairing relationships, maintaining momentum and recycling pain) promise to help Christians overcome many kinds of addictive behaviors. Baker likens them to AA's 12-step program, but clarifies that Christ is the source of lasting change. He writes that as believers refuse to admit their powerlessness to overcome tendencies to do wrong, their lives are fraught with fear, frustration, fatigue and failure. The cure? Admitting weakness with a humble heart; then praying, writing and sharing with others about the problem. Each chapter includes moving narratives of participants in Baker's program who express how its principles changed their lives. These practical, pithy how-tos will galvanize Christians into action with the simplicity of Baker's easy-to-actualize plan. (Sept.)
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"You will be inspired, and your life will be changed in dramatic ways as you read through the pages of this book." —Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life (Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life)

"Sometimes, recovery, healing, and spiritual growth are talked about as if they are three different topics. What I like about John's work is that he brings them all together, and we find that no matter what our issues, we are all on the same path. Life's Healing Choices will be a help along that path to all who read it." —Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Boundaries (Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Boundaries and Integrity)

"This is a book whose time has come. John Baker's worldwide ministry and reputation, coupled with a strong biblical approach, make this book a must for anyone who hurts and wants God to heal them. My personal friendship with John and years of involvement in his work have shown me his heart, his calling, and his gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book." —Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, author of Who's Pushing Your Buttons? and coauthor of Boundaries (Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, author of Who's Pushing Your Buttons? and coauthor of Boundaries)

More About the Author

John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery®, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church. Over the last sixteen years, nearly 10,000 individuals have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program at Saddleback. The Celebrate Recovery program is now being used in 12,000 churches nationwide. Over 500,000 individuals have completed the program.

John began serving as a lay pastor at Saddleback in 1991; and in 2001, Rick Warren asked John to become the pastor of Celebrate Recovery. John is a nationally known speaker and trainer in helping churches start Celebrate Recovery ministries.

John and his wife, Cheryl, have been married almost four decades and have served together in Celebrate Recovery since 1991. They have two adult children, Laura and Johnny. Johnny and his wife, Jeni, are the proud parents of John and Cheryl's two granddaughters, Maggie and Chloe.

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Customer Reviews

My Bible study group is using this book for study/discussion.
Jenny Lau
This is the book of Celebrate Recovery, which is basically a twelve step program for any hurts, habits, or hang-ups a person might have.
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John will take you on a journey that will, by the choices that you make along the way, change your life.
Robert Wood

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
John Baker has hit the nail on the head! The church as a whole has not done a great job of helping people who struggle with the issues of life--isn't that all of us? Many people go to church with a happy mask on while struggling with personal or relational issues that are unresolved and keep them from being who God designed them to be.

As Christians we need to be real to heal. When we deny our problems or hide them from others and pretend that all is fine, we block the greatest thing Christ commanded us to do: Love God with all our hearts, souls and minds; and our neighbors as ourselves.

This is a must read for all who need to continue being "transformed into the image of Christ."
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wood on August 11, 2007
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The fact that we have all made mistakes, we have all been hurt and we have all hurt others makes this book a must read for everyone. John will take you on a journey that will, by the choices that you make along the way, change your life. I hope to see down the road to healing at CR.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Martino on September 13, 2007
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I've been working as a leader in our local Celebrate Recovery ministry and I would have to say that this is the best book I've read about recovery in "non-recovery" language. It deals practically and biblically with everyday hurts, habits & hangups that all of face in one form or another throughout our lifetime.

I applaud John Baker for his wisdom in taking this message to the masses in a way that everyone can relate. It breaks the stereotype of typical recovery programs and applies God's truth to healing choices we can make in our everyday life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Reeves on October 17, 2007
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This has been a captivating read. It is written for everyone. It includes helpful suggestions and action steps to take in order to move through the hurts and hang-ups that have led to harmful habits. The illustrations help identify areas that have shaped us but that may have been overlooked. The personal testimonies share hope for those still struggling with a variety of life issues. Thank you, John Baker, for putting this together.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Long Creek Community Church on September 12, 2007
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Let me say from the start that I love Celebrate Recovery and the ministry of John Baker. I have seen the most incredible life change in people's lives through the Biblical teaching of Celebrate Recovery.

Not everyone is going to take a look at CR in person, but they might be willing to read a book at home. I think that as start reading and they start seeing what is possible, they will want all that is being offered to them here.

I know that during times of anger, depression, stresses that the verses that used with this program have helped me, and helped me grow in my relationship with God.

I don't care what a problem is that people are struggling with, it is a great tool, to help everyone with their hurts, habits and hangups.

John, thanks for writing this book. Thanks for your ministry!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brad Rutledge on December 12, 2007
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This book is powerful! Pastor John Baker has hit not just a home run but a grand slam with this remarkable read. My personal journey down the road to recovery, as well as that of my family has gone to a new level in the past four months as a result of utilizing Life's Healing Choices. This is a tool, and I emphasize the word "tool" that not only serves to qualify the steps of recovery but will be used for many years to come. This is a must for everyone searching to make the next right choice!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paula Kirchner on September 17, 2007
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Absolutely anyone can connect with this book! We have all been hurt and John Baker artfully speaks to those bruised places with wisdom and effectiveness to help individuals walk out of that wounded place! Everyone needs to read this one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Aubel on October 23, 2009
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I am a member of Celebrate Recovery and we have been watching the videos and listening to the CD's of this series. This book goes much more indepth. So far I have only worked through the second chapter, but already I am feeling the impact of this life changing message. John Baker writes from his heart and his own personal experience in a very lovable and easy to understand fashion. It's so encouraging to know I am not alone on my journey of recovery! There's very emotional testimonies from people who have experienced a lot of pain from others and self inflicted pain that have found healing as a result of working through the 8 principles. I highly recommend this book if you are ready to make the choice to look at your issues and start on the road to healing.
This book would be the equivalent to AA's "Big Book" only in Celebrate Recovery we know our Higher Power is Jesus Christ! There is no true healing without Christ. He is the Great Physician and Counselor!
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