Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Plus)

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Addiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope–filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy.
Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reissue edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061122432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061122439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Healing the Unconscious

139 people found this helpful.
 on December 30, 1998
I got the book as a reference from one of Keating’s book. It is fantastic!! I recommend that all who face any disturbing addiction to read this book and indeed if you think you don’t, read it and you will be surprised what you are addicted to. May shows the neurological aspect of addictions and very important he discusses the travials that occur during recovery. How your body adapts and readapts to habits and substances.

God helps us win victory over any addiction

101 people found this helpful.
 on February 8, 2002
By Amazon Customer
I bought this book because it was recommended in The Sacred Romance. I have to say that Addiction & Grace is a fantastic book. Addictions (attachments) prevent us from experience the full glory of God in our lives. This book helped me realize how in trying to get victory over my weight and food, I was merely replacing one addiction (food) with another (discipline–food diaries, measuring food, controlling exposure to food). God can only help me when I get to a place where I am still, no longer able or willing to help myself conquer the addiction. I need to be comfortable in the anxiety that arises when God removes the addiction because it is in that void that I will meet God. I need to feel safe in risky situations (parties, potlucks) because that is when I will experience God’s grace most.

Wondering Why People Are Addicted?

80 people found this helpful.
 on September 19, 2003
By James David Childers
A relative of mine is addicted to crack. His wife is addicted to him. My father was addicted to cigarettes. My father-in-law is addicted to food. And many, many other people in my life are addicted to a wide variety of things. I was watching all this addiction go on around me, not understanding.

Breakthrough insights and a real help to recovery

46 people found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2003
By L. Schwabenbauer
I read this book (skipping the chapter on the biology of addiction and the brain) and was blown away. What simple, profound, essential insights May offers here. With the help of God’s grace, using what May teaches, I was gifted with six straight days free of my food addiction for the first time in years – just eating like a normal person, eating what I wanted most when I felt physically hungry and stopping when I was full. It was a beautiful time of freedom and I want more. I know with the help of His grace many more such days are ahead of me. Thanks again and again, Dr. May – and thank you Lord for such a gift.

Unique, necessary, profound, and simple.

46 people found this helpful.
 on November 5, 1999
By ElMarko12
This book gave me the rare experience of having a large gap in my knowledge completely filled, like a jigsaw puzzle piece fitting perfectly into place. It was as if what were only dim intuitions and questions in my mind were laid out and clearly explained, answered, and connected. It’s also rare that such an explanatory book could also be practical, and in parts, moving and inspiring. I esp. appreciate the quote from Brother Lawrence: “People would be surprised what the soul sometimes says to God.”

Simply the best

38 people found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2000
Simply put, this is the very best book on addiction and it’s spiritual resolution that one can read. This author is simply brilliant, yet so readable. If addiction has you by the throat, this book will remind you of the way out.

Best ever on addiction!

22 people found this helpful.
 on July 22, 2003
This book explains addiction from a scientific and religous perspective. As a sex addict and 12 step member I found it fascinating.

A Classic in Understanding Addictions, their Make-up, and Finding the Road Back from Them

6 people found this helpful.
 on April 6, 2014
By Book Glutton
In just over two decades this book has become a classic in understanding what addiction is, how it works, why addictions occur, the ingredients of an addiction, and what must be done in overcoming one. Dr. May talks about addictions from coffee to the other end of the spectrum. He shows us that we all have them. They do not have to be life-threatening, although many are.

Excellent book!..for counselor,struggler,companion, a must

14 people found this helpful.
 on October 2, 1997
This is an excellent book that gives clear and revealing insights into the nature of addictions, of which we all wrestle with in varying degree’s, but also gives, through the wonder, power, and mystical work of Grace, a true sense of hope and joy in the midst of our personal struggles. “Grace is the most powerful force in the Universe. It can transcend repression, addiction, and every other internal or external power that seeks to oppress the freedom of the human heart. GRACE is where our hope lies.”-Addiction and Grace, pg. 4-5. The essence of this book can’t be stated any clearer that that…..

The Biology of Christian Spirituality

21 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2000
By Alan
May, a psychiatrist and spiritual director, relates the current biological understanding of addiction to christian spirituality. May argues that our “attachments,” which prevent us from freely responding to God’s grace, gain their power over our lives through the same biological mechanism as addictions to alcohol, narcotics, and nicotine. May underscores the importance of good habits or virtues (and the devastating effect of bad habits or vices) on our spiritual lives. Thought provoking and well-argued.

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