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An exploration of the Twelve Steps and their unique benefits for Christians.


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An exploration of the Twelve Steps and their unique benefits for Christians.

30 review for A Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily Chaffin

    I have used "A Hunger for Healing" 3 times now while leading a Christian 12-step group. It's a great introduction to recovery, spiritual formation, and the biblical nature of the steps. One of the things I love about this book is that it is not for one specific problem like a lot of 12-step books are (alcohol/drug dependency, codependency, etc.), so anyone can use it regardless of what his/her particular struggle is. This book covers each of the 12 steps in-depth, making it ideal for the beginne I have used "A Hunger for Healing" 3 times now while leading a Christian 12-step group. It's a great introduction to recovery, spiritual formation, and the biblical nature of the steps. One of the things I love about this book is that it is not for one specific problem like a lot of 12-step books are (alcohol/drug dependency, codependency, etc.), so anyone can use it regardless of what his/her particular struggle is. This book covers each of the 12 steps in-depth, making it ideal for the beginner. Each chapter also ends with a list of questions related to its particular step, so participants can "work the steps" as they learn about each one. Miller points out what a lot of us in recovery have learned -- our sin-nature and selfishness themselves are reason enough to employ the 12 steps in our lives. We are all "those people," whether we admit it or not. Miller tells of his own struggle with feeling abandoned by his father and turning to achievement and work to fill that void. He became a "workaholic," and while he was very successful by some standards, he lost his marriage because of the deep-seated issues he had failed to appropriately deal with. Ultimately, if you are perfect and have no issues, then this book is not for you. For everyone else, I think this book will be a huge blessing and opportunity for spiritual growth.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Bogue

    A good friend and Christian life coach and I were talking and he mentioned the book A Hunger for Healing was packed with insights and that I should read it. Most of the time when people make a recommendation for a book to read it takes me a while to get to it – this was no exception. I recognize that the research that I’ve done into the roots of Christianity and the intersection of Twelve Step programs is probably more than most folks would be interested in. (See Spiritual Evolution, The Great E A good friend and Christian life coach and I were talking and he mentioned the book A Hunger for Healing was packed with insights and that I should read it. Most of the time when people make a recommendation for a book to read it takes me a while to get to it – this was no exception. I recognize that the research that I’ve done into the roots of Christianity and the intersection of Twelve Step programs is probably more than most folks would be interested in. (See Spiritual Evolution, The Great Evangelical Recession, Churchless, for more on Christianity and it’s evolution.) However, there were some insights in A Hunger for Healing that needed shared – and more importantly it’s the link to a book called The Road Less Traveled that was amazing. Click here to read the full review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris McGrath

    Most people think of the 12 Steps as merely a way of getting sober from addiction, but it was not long after my exposure to them that I realized they were really a profound program for character and spiritual growth that would benefit anyone, especially because we all have some issues and character flaws that we would benefit from addressing. This book teaches the 12 steps as a method any Christian can use to follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in integrity and relationship with him. Highly r Most people think of the 12 Steps as merely a way of getting sober from addiction, but it was not long after my exposure to them that I realized they were really a profound program for character and spiritual growth that would benefit anyone, especially because we all have some issues and character flaws that we would benefit from addressing. This book teaches the 12 steps as a method any Christian can use to follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in integrity and relationship with him. Highly recommended to literally everyone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jungsook Chung

    A Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth is mainly written to help those who have addiction problems overcome their problems. The author confesses his failures and addiction problems. Our problems are based on our Sin-disease. So the Twelve Steps for this healing program provide a simple, direct approach to getting to know God in the context of everyday living. We have to arrange our life toward knowing and living life as God wants us to by praying A Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth is mainly written to help those who have addiction problems overcome their problems. The author confesses his failures and addiction problems. Our problems are based on our Sin-disease. So the Twelve Steps for this healing program provide a simple, direct approach to getting to know God in the context of everyday living. We have to arrange our life toward knowing and living life as God wants us to by praying and meditation. Only if you can become aware of ways you have "played God" through your prayers for yourself. What I like about Keith in this book, he never boasts about what he achieved as a successful man but humbly boasts a lot of his failures, which soothes and encourages the readers. We act as the God to our family members and others, so we have to get out of the "God role" and put a loving, moral, and forging God back in control of our world. God is never abusive, he always waits outside our boundaries for us to decide where or not we want to do what sense he is asking us to do. It is the pain of living that creates a hunger for healing that only God can satisfy. While doing God's will, it is important to set boundaries. If we do not have good boundaries then the call of other people becomes stronger than the call of God. Boundaries can keep you from being controlled by other people's verbal control attempts. Not all of his statements could be applicable to me who is female and doesn't see strong addiction problems, but I like this book as J Keith Miller wrote this book with earnestness and faithfulness step by step to show us how to be healed and become sane and get closer to God. I hope this book will help me to spend more time on prayers as I wish or maybe God wishes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Agapie

    The 12 steps is one of the oldest and most spread methods for encouraging change. Invented around the WWII by an anglican priest, it is supposed to help those with addictions through group therapy, practical confession, taking steps to assume responsibility for the wrongs done, reconciliation. However, I'm not sure what is the rate of "success" (in other words, complete healing). The 12 steps is one of the oldest and most spread methods for encouraging change. Invented around the WWII by an anglican priest, it is supposed to help those with addictions through group therapy, practical confession, taking steps to assume responsibility for the wrongs done, reconciliation. However, I'm not sure what is the rate of "success" (in other words, complete healing).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesus

    It was a powerful explanation of the 12 steps of AA molded into a method of discipleship that helps Christians with Jesus as their Higher Power achieve a deeper sense of healing and reach deeper levels of faith.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Tan

    For those searching for mental and spiritual wellness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Not bad. 12 steps from a Christian perspective. Not preachy. I’d prefer this to Celebrate Recovery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Bounds

    A book for absolutely everyone. And a great formula for healing, overcoming, and living.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This book could be considered as a Christian interpretation of a 12-step program. Some evangelicals and Catholics might be put off by 12-step programs because of their reference to a "higher power". Miller, in his book, interprets that "higher power" as Christ's work in us, setting us free from what he calls "sin-disease". For Christians, I think this book would be a good supplement for participation in a 12-step program, or even used as a part of a study group for interested parties. This book could be considered as a Christian interpretation of a 12-step program. Some evangelicals and Catholics might be put off by 12-step programs because of their reference to a "higher power". Miller, in his book, interprets that "higher power" as Christ's work in us, setting us free from what he calls "sin-disease". For Christians, I think this book would be a good supplement for participation in a 12-step program, or even used as a part of a study group for interested parties.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Sanders

    I've been in 12-step programs since 1990, including those w a Christian perspective, There is no question these have strengthened my faith, including a much more intimate relationship w my Savior, Jesus Christ. Although our group is only @ Step 3, I find myself pressing in & digging even deeper in my relationship w Jesus, God & the Holy Sprit. Praise God we continue to grow in our spiritual journey throughout our lives! I've been in 12-step programs since 1990, including those w a Christian perspective, There is no question these have strengthened my faith, including a much more intimate relationship w my Savior, Jesus Christ. Although our group is only @ Step 3, I find myself pressing in & digging even deeper in my relationship w Jesus, God & the Holy Sprit. Praise God we continue to grow in our spiritual journey throughout our lives!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Wilcher

    This is the best primer for the 12 Steps - especially for those who already call themselves Christian. I always have a copy nearby and extras to give away. Read this book if you are pursuing recovery from ANYTHING.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Phenomenal book and a must own for those who are working 12 steps. Miller perfectly describes the challenge that each step presents and the freedom that each step brings us closer to. Did I mention that this is a must-read for 12 steppers?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Fitzpatrick

    I actually stopped reading this about halfway through. It's all based on the twelve step program used in AA and other things like it. While the info was good I wasn't finding much that pertained to me. I actually stopped reading this about halfway through. It's all based on the twelve step program used in AA and other things like it. While the info was good I wasn't finding much that pertained to me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    One of my all-time favorite books. It shows the deep truth of what living authentically in Christ really means.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan Griffiths

    an very interesting plan for spiritual growth

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I liked this book, it had some good applications for Christians to utilize the twelve steps. A bit basic, maybe.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marie

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    Chris

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Heiser

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judy Brock

  23. 5 out of 5

    Briana

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ward Woodworth

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  28. 4 out of 5

    ETMoore

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teleshia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Vaut

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