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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414330049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414330044
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries--the nation's largest faith-based broadcast, counseling, and treatment ministry--and is the host of the nationally syndicated "New Life Live!" daily radio program heard on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences, attended by over 3 million women.

Steve is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as "Oprah," "Inside Edition," "Good Morning America," "CNN Live," the "New York Times," "USA Today," and "US News & World Report." In August 2000, Steve was inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame. A best-selling author, Steve has written over 60 books, including the popular Every Man's series and his most recent book, "Healing Is a Choice." He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won four Gold Medallion Awards for writing excellence.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and the University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees. Steve resides with his family in Laguna Beach, California.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Warnick on October 19, 2009
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I am not sure what the previous reviewer (Mona Lisa) was reviewing this book or 12 step programs in general. I have to agree with one facet of what she said, namely that there is really no such thing as a secular 12 step program. AA started out by unabashedly Christian; the steps reflect the Biblical model of repentance, confession, forgivenss and service. For this reason, the premise of the first 3 steps is that recovery depends on creating and maintaining a close relationship to God. Attempts to use the steps together with a non-Christian philosophy start by renaming God as "my Higher Power." After that the syncretism starts in earnest: the steps are blended with classical Buddhism, New Age, agnosticism and a huge dose of pop psychology ("healing your inner child"). I don't think the resulting collage of ideas can really heal anyone. It would be much more honest and probably more therapeutic if the originators of the many, many 12 step spinoff groups (SLAA, LA, NA, OA etc.) and AA itself would be honest to themselves and their group members and speak the truth in love: the 12 steps are religious by their nature.
Since I am a committed evangelical Christian the inescapably religious nature of the 12 steps doesn't bother me at all--for me, the more religious (really Christian) content the better. I believe that the Holy Spirit heals in response to genuine faith as expressed in humility, trust in God and genuine love for others. For that reason, this book was (literally) a godsend for me. It meant that I could couple solid Biblical doctrine with practical tools and rebuild my life "one day at a time."
If you are not a Christian, this isn't the meditation book for you. I suggest you shop carefully a choose one that matches your mindset. If you are a Christian struggling with habitual sin or caught in an addiction cycle it is invaluable--like sitting down for an hour every day for a therapy session with the Apostle Paul.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MJ Neumiller on August 1, 2010
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The Life Recovery Bible NLT, The Life Recovery Workbook and The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery written by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop are the best recovery books I've ever worked through! The three together build off of each one and reinforce each other as you travel through them together with a trusted sponsor. I asked my priest to be my sponsor as I am not an alcoholic but struggle with addiction with food and eating disorders, depression, a suicidal attempt plus a movement disorder that take over and control my life for days on end. This study has filled me with so much inspiration and hope in life again, that the clarity and understanding I've found with these books has allowed my faith to continue to grow stronger in my belief of a higher power. I've found through these books that my spiritual side is a very important part of the recovery process. The Life Recovery Devotional is my favorite of the collection because it uses scripture to reinforce the guidance and encouragement offered in this devotional bringing so much clarity and understanding to the Steps and scripture. The workbook is a must have also to use with a trusted sponsor as it offers deep, challenging questions that help you to search deep and find and face your shortcomings. Writing out and discussing your moral inventory with your sponsor as you go through the steps helped me to face my past, shortcomings, and secrets that kept me full of shame and guilt and unworthiness. These three books worked together can absolutely change your attitude and open up a whole new life full of beauty, hope, peace, serenity, purpose and faith. They are written so they may be used for any type of addiction and/or depression.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Rickert on December 17, 2009
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This book is a great devotional for anyone with hurts, hangups, or habits. It is refreshing and helps me to refocus when I forget to take one day at a time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By connie pruitt on September 29, 2013
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This devotional uses scripture to aid in the recovery from addiction. The discussion incorporates the scripture into practical use to stay on the straight and narrow path to God.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herrick Hahn on September 3, 2013
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Many of the women have not read the Old Testament so this is a challenge for them but a good one. I personally have read this for two years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cari Jones on August 7, 2013
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I highly recommend this devotional to anyone who wants to have a deeper relationship with God by reading His Word.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2012
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I purchased this for a friend that is in a 12-step recovery program and I also bought myself a copy to read. Good news? I could apply the messages in my own life.

The devotional begins with step one, and has numerous daily devotionals to read while you work through the step. Each devotion opens up with the step written out, gives a brief message, and ends with a summary point. The devotional continues this pattern throughout the steps. I really appreciate the layout. It is concise and easy to follow. The style of speech is straightforward and carries a personable and calm tone. I found that the devotional doesn't come across as really dumbed down as if you are a child. Equally I did not feel that it rambled on and on with a lot of 'preachy fluff', which would risk diluting the basic truth needed by some readers. Don't misunderstand, it does not stray from it's biblical root and truth, it just sticks to the point. Each devotion lists scriptures which apply, and you can look them up in your own Bible if you have one and choose to do so (there is a Life Recovery Bible (sold on amazon). Keep in mind that it is a devotional, not a chapter by chapter textbook.

I would recommend that you not let the biblical base of this devotional thwart you from purchasing it. I completely understand that some are not familiar with the Bible or apprehensive about anything that refrences the name 'Jesus'. BUT, if you are looking for some practical daily truth and guidance, this IS an additional resource to aid you. Try it out. If you are in a 12 step program, you have probably heard others talk about setting every day up for success. This type of speech may sound a little 'mary sunshine' to you, but the benefit of this daily mind orientation is vast.
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