God, Help Me Stop!

Clair W., P.O. Box 27364, San Diego, California 92128, 1985, $7.95 book, $10.50 workbook, 84 pages, paper.

Reviewed by Stoy Proctor, Health and Temperance Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

This is a practical workbook on over coming compulsive behaviors such as ad diction to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, overeating, and gambling. The author adopts the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to assist in gaining victory over these behaviors. She uses specific scripture verses for each of the 12 steps.

The book and workbook have credibility, not because of the author's academic credentials, but because of her personal experience in overcoming the compulsive behavior of bulimia.

Though not a particularly well-written book, the seriousness of the problems and lack of similar self-help materials make it a valuable resource for pastors.

I find a serious conceptual problem, however, relating to the term excessive in the use of alcohol and other drugs. In my opinion, one may eat too much sugar or abuse aspirin, but any amount of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drug is too much.

As one involved in health ministry, I recommend this workbook to those in the pastoral ministry, as well as anyone working with clients who are ready to take the first step to recovery.

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Reviewed by Stoy Proctor, Health and Temperance Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

July 1988

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