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The Last Addiction: Own Your Desire, Live Beyond Recovery, Find Lasting Freedom
Hersh helps readers recognize their longing for intimacy. She invites them to love boldly and receive love in return, and she also offers every addict--and those who love them--hope for lasting freedo
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by WaterBrook
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Quotes from book: The deepest relief that addiction provides is that it destroys our deepest passions. As addiction continues, it dulls the deeper passions of our hearts for other people and other things. Addiction opposes love. it nails the energy of our longings to someone or something - a person, place, substance, behavior, or belief. And the addictive object or central activity works; it provides relief from living in the midst of messy relationships, so we want more and more of it.(But then ...more
I've skim-read this book in the bookstore and referred a lot of people to it -- but finally ordered it for myself! I don't think it's too soon to say that this is the book every addict or recovering addict should read. Or anyone who tends to fill the hunger for relationship and intimacy with -- dare i say it -- books...food...football...work...ministry...children...[or any other kind of idolatry]. If you get what I'm poorly saying -- it's for all of us!:)
Hersh uses a combination of case studies, her own story, psychology, and Christian thought to look at the subject of addiction: what it is, what it causes in us, and how to walk the path toward freedom and hope. Her writing is accessible, honest, gracious and vulnerable. The last addiction refers to the desire to save face by saving ourselves.