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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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 2009 by N.U.T.R.A (first published November 2001)
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Mike E.
Mar 20, 2015 Mike E. is currently reading 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."



1. Does it seem awkward to you to discuss your own struggles and then in the next thought think about the struggles of others and helping them? Or, to what degree should one be a sheep who struggles and a shepherd who cares for the wayward?

2. What addictions are the focus of this book? Will this book be relevant to
J.S. Park
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
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
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.
Christian Tirtha
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
"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
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
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
Adam Smith
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
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
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
This is a book about addictions, but, more than that, it is a book about sin. And, it is the best 200-300 page book about sin that I have read.
Teresa Williams
Great book, although I got the point at about 3/4 through the book and after that it was like beating a dead horse.
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?
Adam Talbott
Excellent for addicts, but also for all of us, since sin is addictive in many forms.
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
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
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.
Andrew Hoffman
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.
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.
Best covering of addictions topic I ever met
Andrew Strenn
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?

Mark Trigsted
This is truly one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I finished it over a year ago at the request of a friend. If you struggle with addiction (any kind) NOT JUST SMOKING AND DRINKING or no someone who is and name the name of Christ then this is a must read!
Micah Harding
This is a very practical book. I sped through it the first time but think it really deserves a very careful re-reading. It's applicable to dealing with various substance abuse type addictions but also very useful for just dealing with sin because that's what addictions are.
Pat Ennis
This is a book everyone should read because we are all prone to "worship disorders"
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.
This is a great book about dealing with all types of addictions. It is about recognizing whatever the sinful pattern is, and seeing the reality of what that idol is and bringing it to God.
Benjamin Alexander
this is the best book on addictions I've ever known. If you or anyone around you (or to prepare to be around someone with an addiction !) you need to read this book.
I think I was tired when I read this book and it seemed more technical that I wanted to read a tthe time. It is, as with much of Welch, a very helpful resource.
Best book on addictions that I have read. It continually leads you back to the Gospel something most so called "Christian" books on addictions fail to do.
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