The Fly and the Jackal: Addiction, Recovery and Biblical Principles Paperback – August 31, 2010
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From the Author
Addiction is sometimes without explanation. However, we are aware of its presence and how miserable it makes us feel. How little we like to speak of it, discuss it, or consider its importance! When cornered, we discuss the thought as quickly as possible. That being said, doesn't it seem strange that we spend so much time feeding our addictions? Furthermore, when we have finally had enough, why do we not spend an equal amount of time and energy trying to recover from those same addictions?
Recovery takes time. It is a thing that cannot be hurried no matter how badly we desire it. The ugly larva in its cocoon spends much time in almost unnoticeable growth and change. But no matter how slow that growth may be, the moment comes when it passes through a crisis, and emerges a beautiful butterfly. The weeks of growth are over, left behind, and the new and the beautiful come into being.
A man's lifestyle and pattern of thought almost always, determines a man's destiny. If a man desires to change his destiny, time and knowledge are required to make his wish a reality. I've learned that reading about someone's failures and accomplishments can jumpstart a need to change yourself; a change in the way you think; a change in the places you go; a change in the knowledge you seek; a change in your socializing.
Although professional counseling is an important element in most recovery programs, it is not a mandatory component. I feel that we don't have to be directly told that we are wasting our lives. In all of us there exists an inner-self that is constantly reminding us what we should and should not be doing. We know instinctively what is right and what is wrong. That's the way humans are built. And as a human being, you are already equipped with the components of change. So open your mind, heart & soul and allow your inner-self to do what God intended it to do - change your life and your destiny. I'm not saying that you should "do things your way". Most individuals who have tried running on sheer willpower and defiant rebellion sooner or later discover they lack the internal strength to change, especially if there's a Jackal on the loose.
As I know all too well -- Steven R. White
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The author's insights into the Biblical principles of addiction recovery are clearly and concisely laid out. Allow him to take you on his journey from brokenness to healing. Learn how to let go of the hopelessness, anger, fear and guilt you feel. This book will guide you to a stronger faith, reintroduce hope into your life and show you how to achieve true serenity and peace.
Today you have a choice. You can read this book and start your journey toward wholeness or you can put it down and walk away......
Christians in Recovery®
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Paperback : 132 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0557005183
- ISBN-13 : 978-0557005185
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.33 x 9 inches
- Publisher : lulu.com; First Edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,519,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fly and The Jackal is his testament of his journey, written from a strong Christian perspective. He writes with honesty and sincerity of how he was rescued from his own Jackal, addiction, by incorporating G-d, Jesus Christ, and Narcotics Anonymous into his life and throughout his work.
It was this combination that worked for him and the one he advocates for others to follow to conquer addiction, "The Jackal," successfully. Steven writes how he was able to leave the grip of addiction and achieve recovery with sustainable longevity through his faith and fellowship he became victorious over his own addiction and demons.
"Life isn't always about our pain, heartache and conflict, Steve writes." It doesn't have to.
He compares the lives of addicts and alcoholics to the lessons of Jesus Christ and the story if his resurrection, the struggles with evil, healing and seeing both the darkness of addiction and finally the light, recovery, with Biblical inspiration as the course to navigate the way.
Steven White introduces addiction as "The Jackal," the cunning and persistent instrument of Satan. The reader is the "proverbial fly on the wall," privy to the author's world and insightful perspective. It is with his strong allegiance to his Christian principles and influence that he explains why we are experiencing our own modern day plague; the ravenous Plague of Addiction, with our only hope of salvation is sobriety.
Addiction is thought to be a sin Steven writes, as it is not in accordance with G-d, as it breaks G-d's laws and removes us further from Him. As a result, life continues to falter on a treacherous path, with more carnage, more lies, and more sin; while harming everyone close to the addict that gets in the way. He knows of an alternative path, and shares how he found it.
Recovery is possible for those that repent, do the work, and admit their innate weaknesses. Steven reminds the reader it is through recovery those that struggle with addiction can find direction with a moral compass. Addiction cannot be absolved through sheer willpower but through the belief and structure of a Higher Power and a commitment to acquiring a fulfilling purpose.
Shira Goldberg BS, Recovery Coach
FB Living Sober Life Coaching with Shira Goldberg