Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Gerald G. May, M.D. (1940-2005), practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He was the author of many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology, including Addiction and Grace, Care of Mind/Care of Spirit, Will and Spirit, and The Dark Night of the Soul.
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book on the psychology of addiction. Takes us deep
inside the brain to show how and why addictions
work at the cellular level... then, in a macro-view,
what the central spiritual root of addictions is...
and why they are so difficult to change. Adds
a fresh new dimension of insight to the hidden
challenges of the recovery process.
He says the root of the problem is in the psycho-toxins in our sub-conscious and recommends grace and contemplative prayer as a remedy. Where we let go of trying to solve it ourselves and allow God to heal us, to heal from the root. Here is where keating's book is useful for keating then expoundes on Mays recommended contemplative prayer namely, the prayer of silence of letting go.
The healing takes time and if you are looking for a quick fix, then forget this but if you want a root solution then pick this up. May says the beginning of a solution is when you say "I have a problem, I need help", God the healer, awaits to help you. May shows how to make an appointment, keating shows how to have a session and take the anti-bodies.
the Gospels to examine the pervasiveness of addiction in human experience.
May is on staff at the Shalem Center in Washington DC and has written widely
on the interface between psychology and spirituality. This is far from a popular-lever
paean to the recovery movements; it will leave you wondering
about the amount of freedom in your life.
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