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As a long-time Christian, Heather Kopp never expected to become an out-of-control alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place - tucked behind books in her study, zipped into a special compartment in her oversized purse, at the back of her closet stuffed inside her boots.
Even as her career and marriage teetered on the brink, Kopp couldn't get a grip, desperately hiding the true extent of her drinking from the rest of the world - her husband included. During the day she wrote books about God and prayer and family. At night she locked herself in her bathroom to guzzle chardonnay.
For her, as for many Christians who struggle with addiction, overwhelming shame and confusion only made things worse. Why wasn't her faith enough to save her? Why didn't repentance, Bible reading and prayer work? Where was God?
Meanwhile, as she watched in horror, her grown son descended into his own nightmare of drugs and alcohol. She feared for his life, yet she couldn't stop drinking long enough to help him - or find a way out for herself.
Until the day everything changed.
Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness... and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves.
If you love Jesus but shop too much, drink too much, eat too much, crush on men who aren't your husband, or otherwise fixate on doing things you hate but can't stop doing, Sober Mercies is for you.
As you follow Kopp's sincere, stumbling journey toward freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with God, you'll find renewed hope - and practical steps of recovery - for your own journey.
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By Lynn on 09-28-14
Spouse of Alcoholic Husband
What did you love best about Sober Mercies?
From the hour I downloaded SOBER MERCIES, I was enthralled. While the issues of the main character were totally different from the issues of my alcoholic spouse, the author's heartfelt story gave me new insights and hope like never before. As the book drew to a close I was sorry for it to end but thrilled with the outcome.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The book is one of many I have read on the subject of addiction. It was written so well as the main character, the recovering alcoholic, was already an accomplished writer, herself. As there were so many differences in her character and personality than my alcoholic spouse's, at first I was hoping for more similarities, but then I realized that she covered the whole process from beginning to end, with insight from her experience that gave me wonderful and new insight that can be applied to my life with my alcoholic spouse. It causes me to desire more experiences from those who are struggling than just from experts on the subject of addiction.
Which character – as performed by Loretta Rawlins – was your favorite?
You'll have to listen to the book. The book is written so well as I mentioned earlier because the author, the recovering alcoholic, was already an accomplished writer.
What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?
The narrator was superb with her inflections, pauses and manner of speaking which gave the story great interest. It really caused you to believe it was the voice of the author.
Any additional comments?
I am thankful that Heather Kopp shared her story and I wish her peace and success as she continues helping others while they help her. I appreciated her stories that made her struggles with God, Grace and recovery so real.
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By baritonedad on 01-25-17
Raw and Inspiring!
Sober Mercies is a raw and painfully truthful account of one Christian's journey in the Spiritual Transformation necessary to deal with the disease of Alcoholism. Heather Harpham Kopp has a very insightful writing style. Loretta Rawlins is an excellent narrator who really lifts the words off the page in a conversational way. I hope to listen to more books read by her.
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