Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart
To do what we want (Lust of the Flesh)
To have what we want (Lust of the Eyes)
To be who we want (Pride of Life)
The Heart of Addiction (book, workbook, and Leader’s Guide)
Some have said that this book is about more than just addiction. It’s about the Christian walk with Christ.
The Heart of Addiction contains 26 chapters of bible-saturated teaching that is structured along the format of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Disciplined Training in Righteousness.
Some churches are utilizing each chapter in weekly teachings, assigning a chapter per week. Others are using it in bite sized sessions in the context of one-on-one disciple-making, which is Mark’s strong recommendation. The Heart of Addiction is being increasingly used by chaplains, pastors, volunteer lay persons, and even inmates who are called to lead and disciple other prisoners while serving their time in prison. The fact that “the hope of the Gospel for the heart of addiction” is being preached behind prison walls, where God is transforming one life at a time, is a reason for great rejoicing.
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Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies
Quote from the book: “… A relapse does NOT have to mean utter defeat. Getting knocked down in a boxing match is not defeat. We are defeated when we do not try to get up and get back in the fight… Even in relapse the Lord has a redemptive plan for you, meaning that He wants to bring good from the bad choice(s) you made. He wants to do that for you now.” -p.5
For various reasons, some biblical counselors have decided to start out the discipleship of addicts with this workbook instead of the Heart of Addiction text and workbook. First, it’s much shorter and more concise. Secondly, it specifically teaches some of the mentalities that often lure, or draw, a person back into sin that he or she has already repented of in the past. People find it to be a very helpful place to start.
A biblical proverb aptly describes relapse in this manner: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:22b)
Addiction-Proof Parenting: Biblical Prevention Strategies
Find out how Addiction-Proof Parenting hinges upon changing your child’s thinking to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered.
Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts
“Obviously, I cannot counsel you through every step of the process of helping your loved one. However, God can and will, but you have to ‘get out of the way’ while remembering that He alone is God. You cannot be god to your loved one, but you can be an instrument that the Lord will use if He so chooses.” – Preface, iii- Mark Shaw, Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts, 2007, 2011.
Many families have been helped by this book through heart wrenching time of their lives. Divine Intervention has been called practical, helpful, and hopeful. Mark Shaw’s book can help turn your focus fully on God in the midst of the heartbreak of your loved one’s addiction. Mark says there are lots of opportunities to help families through this crisis. God intervened in our lives when He saved us. A God-honoring biblical intervention is lovingly calling someone to repentance and faith in Christ. The results are in His Sovereign hands. Biblical counselors can walk through this book with family members as they assist and prepare the family for an intervention and help them prepare their heart attitudes for the loved one’s response. Trusting Christ is key.
Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts
Hope and Help Booklets
- Hope and Help for Gambling
- Hope and Help for Self-Injurers and “Cutters”
- Hope and Help for Sexual Tempation
- Hope and Help for TV, Video Game, and Internet “Addiction”
- …and more!
While certainly not comprehensive, these short booklets are full of practical directives and biblical teachings. These Hope and Help series of booklets are intended to serve as launching points for biblical counseling and disciple-making relationships. Use them in the context of formal biblical counseling ministry in your local church or as a helpful tool in discussing difficult topics with trusted Christian friends. Bulk discounts are always available at Focus Publishing by calling 1-800-913-6287.