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4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  584 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
A worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. "Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God?" With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict's true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by "the woman Folly," he is already in the grave (Proverbs 9:13- ...more
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Published 2009 by N.U.T.R.A (first published November 2001)
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J.S. Park
Oct 27, 2011 J.S. Park rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Dr. Welch writes a relevant yet condescending work on addiction that is overly technical, hit-and-miss, and largely presumptuous. Like his other more popular work, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Dr. Welch assumes too many motives and correlations, often whipping up pop psychology to explain away some complex issues. I cringed. A lot.

There are some bright spots. Whenever Dr. Welch expounds on Scripture, particularly in his exposition of sin-slavery and Proverbs, he nails the root problem
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Mike E.
Nov 19, 2014 Mike E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welch states his purpose in this book, "to show how the theological riches of the Bible speak practically and meaningfully to the problem of addictions." This book is extremely helpful, not only to those who self-identify as addicts but for all Christians--since all Christian struggle with recurring sins. Welch has reflective sections at the end of each chapter: one section for the addict, the other for the Christian friend of the addict. Welch goes out of his way to demonstrate how the addict's ...more
Chuck
Jul 24, 2011 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welch's goal in writing this book was to show how the Bible speaks "Practically and meaningfully to the problem of addictions." In the Preface, he observed that while the book's focus is on the prototypic addictions to drugs and alcohol, the basic ideas are relevant to all kinds of sins. "What is it about our humanness that leaves us susceptible to being overtaken by certain desires?" His careful answer in "Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave" helps the reader to see the awful truth that in some ...more
Susanna Lye
Jul 20, 2016 Susanna Lye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to stop at the practicals and how to's (for navigating initial steps in helping addicts with obvious addictions) in the beginning to midsection of this book. For those who are accustom to loving addicts where they're at, you'll likely find all this info commonplace. Keep reading! This book is truly meant for all sinners (all of mankind). It was meant for me, an addict of 'self'. A rich resource to guide us in our guiltless and graceFUL walk with the Lord.
Anthony Ray
Aug 15, 2016 Anthony Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really easy read. Welch doesn't bog you down with any big words or complicated ideas, but also doesn't dumb any of these truths down. Despite its title, "Addictions" isn't a book just for counselors or addicts: everyone can benefit from this title. Every chapter I not only found myself more educated on addictions and the theology that surrounds them, but I also was given a new sensitivity to my own heart and struggles.
Lindsey Doolan
Awesome, excellent, fabulous. Addiction as sin and idolatry (meaning "addiction" is a lot more prevalent). Very applicable to any idolater--any human. Great for Christians as well. Read it for school and am keeping it.
Bob Mimiaga
Jun 20, 2017 Bob Mimiaga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Welch's book is filled with many good ideas and perspectives associating addiction with sin. This is definitely a book for the Christian reader who wants to know more about where addiction stands in the face of the gospel. I don't believe the non-Christian would find this book acceptable.

Welch goes into depth (sometimes more than necessary) to bring the reader to an understanding of the gospel's theological position on the illness of addiction, deception, sin, temptation, recovery, and re
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Joshua Centanni
Welch was most helpful when interacting with material from AA. Throughout the book he clearly articulates the gospel in fresh ways.

The book felt like it was longer than it needed to be.
Peter Clegg
Feb 27, 2017 Peter Clegg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book focuses on several sins that a person could struggle with it is a good resource for all Christians.
Ray
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Full moons make people get weird and do crazy things." I believed that and never reflected on it until I was in my twenties and something encouraged me to ask, "Why in the world would that be true?"

This book speaks directly to major issues that, similarly, most in our cultural setting just assume uncritically. Even conservative and Reformed circles are little different in this regard than most of the other evangelicals and teh broader secular culture. As helpful as it has been, the AA approach
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Denise
Oct 02, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welch moves beyond the disease model of addictions (alcoholism in particular) because of its short-sightedness in addressing the root problem--a worship problem. Welch speaks with compassion and reminds helpers that idolatry (worship of false gods, e.g. money, sex, approval) is not far from each one of us.
Welch discusses the disease model as partially right when describing the effects addictions have on a person's life, but he also talks about the enslavement one experiences as he descends deep
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Mike Phay
Jan 12, 2017 Mike Phay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a long to read, mainly because of the topic. As a pastor who works often with those struggling with addiction, I am often caught not knowing how to help. I feel helpless and hopeless in the face of broken lives, broken promises, and the slavery that comes with major addictions. Addiction is a dark and prevalent reality where I live, and it often seems hopeless.
In light of the overwhelming prevalence of addiction in our culture, along with the myriad of avenues of "treatment" -
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Drew
Sep 15, 2008 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written, practical, insightful guide for addicts, or friends/family addicts.

First, let me say that I appreciated this book. At least the part I read. I made it 100 pages into this book before I decided to put it down. It wasn't that it was frustrating, poorly written, or theologically wrong. It was none of those things. And in fact, I imagine I will pick it up and finish it at some point in time. Welch makes some very good insights and tries to point the addict to the sin behind their si
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Adam Smith
Jan 01, 2013 Adam Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as someone who has struggled with addictive tendencies, who has found more than enough grace in Christ for them, and who wants to help others. Welch's book was great! My favorite point that he made in the book is that God is the beginning and the end of true life-transformation. It's not about us cleaning up our lives so that we can think we're independent from God and look good to (or down on) others. It's about God and his good plans and promises and power for his children. It's ab ...more
JJ
This is perhaps the "meatiest" CCEF book. The content is very dense and thought-provoking. Rather than simply quoting his compatriots in the biblical counseling movement like everyone else seems to do, Welch states things in original, thoughtful, and vivid ways. I've always appreciated that about him. Each chapter concludes with a section entitled "Practical Theology" which is subdivided into two sub-sections entitled "As You Face Your Own Addiction" and "As You Help Someone Else." Those section ...more
Tara
Good resource for those who are counseling addicts, as well as those who are addicts themselves. So...everyone, basically. Because yes, you're an addict, even if your drug of choice isn't...drugs. We all substitute idols for the true God, and we all can echo Paul: "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." We're a lot closer to the druggies and the drunks that we'd like to think. Understanding that simple fact allows you to counsel effe ...more
Christian Tirtha
Aug 31, 2014 Christian Tirtha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very good and practical book that addresses the heart issue of addiction. It is not good and practical because it 'works', but more fundamentally because it is biblical. It addresses addiction not merely from the vantage point of its symptoms and causes, but its root. Edward Welch weaves throughout this book that ultimately at the root of addiction is the issue of worship disorder. We have replaced the proper and right worship of God with an abused and wrongful worship of self. Unless ...more
Jason
This book is an excellent introduction to the Christian perspective on addictions. Refuting the common "disease model" of addictions often promoted by many, Welch boldly calls addictions what they truly are: worship disorders. Going through the descent into addictions from simple indulgence to slavery, Welch charts the spiritual pitfalls of addictive sin. Not only does Welch present a Christian alternative to those struggling with addictions, but he also provides resources for those who help or ...more
Megan
Jul 05, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a Christian individual, not as an addict or counselor of addicts. I found it very helpful and straightforward. Christ is glorified and the gospel is central to every chapter. However, it is also completely practical, giving examples, snippets of possible dialogue, and ideas for positive change.
I would recommend it to any person, as the practical theology can be applied to a vast range of situations and circumstances. Additionally, I feel at least somewhat equipped to handle w
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Cathy
Jul 02, 2009 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is AMAZING!!!! In some ways I wish it had a different title, because I'm afraid some people might not read it because they think it is only for alcoholics or drug addicts. Yes, people with specific addictions are the main focus of the book, but according to Welch's definition of addictions, if you are human, you are an addict. He uses the paradigm of idolatry and/or adultery to address areas which keep us from worshipping God whole-heartedly and offers suggestions for both addicts and ...more
Ben Flegal
Mar 06, 2015 Ben Flegal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Welch's book is a Scripture-filled, practical outworking of solid theology in the life of an addict. He speaks practically to both addicts and those who counsel addicts in terms of how the theology which he develops with sound, scriptural exegesis applies to everyday life and even particular strategies concerning how one lives out who he is in Christ as opposed to giving way to the dominion of sin in one's life.
Stephen
Do you have a friend or family member that has an challenges with an addictions? Many of us may enter no to the start of this question but what about nail biting, twirling hair, snapping a finger making loud noises etc. . . ? It is funny how many times we react to a situation with negative responses. These are all negative addictions. We may have some addictions that are great and bring about the true nature God desgined. A great read for anyone that does repetitive actions or reactions.
Shawn
This is an amazing book. Not only does it instruct the reader on how to help an addict "find hope in the power of the gospel", but it challenges the reader to examine themselves first. Very convicting, thought provoking, and practical. I read this in tandem with the book "Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness" by David K Naugle. The two books fit like a hand in a glove.
Andrew Hoffman
Aug 16, 2011 Andrew Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book for believers struggling with addiction. It assumes acceptance of a great deal of the Christian worldview. That said, it is a great book that blends profound theological insight and real life understanding of the nature of addiction. Welch does a superb job addressing the relationship between AA and the Church, providing helpful biblical frameworks for understanding addiction and applying the Gospel to the many facets of the struggle.
Natalie Vellacott
May 14, 2015 Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very Biblical description of addictions and how they can take over a persons life. The book uses the illustration of alcohol but frequently refers to other addictions making it clear that all addictions can be dealt with in the same way. Very practical advice pointing people to the Bible as the source of all hope in this situation. Recommended.
Cindy Rinaman
I really want to like this book, and I keep seeing in it glimmers of the Gospel, but it tries too hard to distance itself from the 12-step approach, to put a particular spin on it to make it Welch's own, when the 12-step approach is sufficient unto itself. As I read it I kept finding myself being sucked into law while having "Gospel" chanted all around me.
Md Meiser
Jun 28, 2016 Md Meiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I flew through this book. Very readable. There is gospel truth scattered throughout, but Welch mainly focuses on the heart sin issues related to addiction. He spends a fair amount of time discussing the sin vs. sickness debate. There is also much practical theology related to all addictive actions. I found this book very helpful.
Ed
Mar 31, 2008 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addictions are deep down destructive cycles - the doors on them need to be thrown wide open which hard because they are mostly secretive behaviors. Trust God, other people, and the church as a power reasource.
Piper
Feb 02, 2015 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a worthwhile read even if you don't struggle with common addictions (drugs, alcohol, pornography, food, etc.). Welch's point throughout the book is that addictions are a form of idolatry and misplaced worship—don't we all have this problem?
Andrew Strenn
Oct 02, 2014 Andrew Strenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book. I really enjoyed reading it. The focus is on alcohol and drugs, but the concepts in this book are applicable to all believers.

Addictions are ultimately a disorder of worship. Will we worship ourselves and our own desires or will we worship the true God?

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Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for thirty years and is the best-selling author of many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away ...more
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