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These seminars have been very helpful in my life. I realized that consistency is a necessary step towards maturity and great character.Patty, a young woman in a recovery group
This is an amazingly candid book. If you have an addiction or know someone who does, this is the book for you. There is no psychobabble or empty theories about addiction. John writes from his heart about his own struggles and failures and how he found the only true answer to all of life’s problems. Sometimes the truth is hard to find or recognize, even when it is right in our face, but if you allow yourself to embrace the truth of Jesus Christ, He can set you free from ALL of your addictions. Th…Daniel Watkins
I am the President of an Addiction Recovery organization. I am always on the lookout for good books on this subject. When someone pointed this book out to me, I purchased it right away. The content is good with John’s real life stories. I have found that you can try to educate people about the harmful effects of addiction and they hear you but it doesn’t have the same effect as when they hear real life stories. I will recommend this book to others.Kevin Craven
We weren’t here for Sessions 1+2, but I’m sorry we weren’t, because Session 3 was great! Thank you so much for coming and your sharing and honesty. God bless you and your ministry.Anon from Jamestown
John is honest and forthcoming about his life and the power of his choices..I highly recommend these seminars to anyone seeking release from their own addiction issues or dealing with someone who is addicted.John Emra, director of LIFOC
Thank you for being so personable and honest. You have encouraged my heart and opened my mind to some new points.Raina, a young woman in recovery
The Addict’s Choices is a refreshingly transparent and unique look into the mindset of an addict. The title makes it clear that an addict is not a simple victim, but does have choices (p.143). The strength of this book is that it presents practical tools for anyone seeking hope and freedom. John presents different examples of the biblical concept of “put off” and “put on”, where each of us – whatever our addiction – have a choice to either follow the philosophy of this world and…Pastor Nate Aanderud
This is a great book. It reaches into the desperate worlds of addiction and through relating John’s life experience, tells us how to make right choices and find deliverance! For anyone who has made the poor choice of addiction, there is truly a better way. Read and respond to John’s life story and perhaps you will be helped, or be able to help others who are in the grip of addiction. Rev Mike Pounds, Founder and Director Community Compassion Connections.Rev Mike Pounds
The author writes in an honest, straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is style. His experiences with drug addiction and finding the way out are what we all need to hear. I highly recommend not only reading this book, but using it in small groups, as each chapter provides thoughtful questions for application.C. Aanderud
open, honest, candid, testimonial of John s struggle through addiction From the depths of the dark abyss, to heughts of the most glorious mountains, we travel in the hands of GOD. Inspirational. There is hope for all. A light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you John for sharing. What an accomplishmentA Reader
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We pray for growth and success but are we prepared for it! I know that I wasn’t. I wasn’t prepared for the church communication issues, the time it took to do each little administration task, the people demand; ministry guests, leaders, volunteers. training, fundraising, networking, conferences, to name but a few of the tasks. Whew!! There is also the very real danger of pushing out the essential, the vital devotional, life-giving times with my Saviour. What voice shall I listen to? What choice am I going to make; Still and small, gentle and loving or do I allow the loud and clamouring to take over? Lord, help me to make the wise choice today. May I treasure you above all else.
This is how long we have been in London, UK doing this work, alongside the addicted. This past year has gone by so quickly that I hadn’t realised that it has been a whole year since I have written anything new here.
- We are moving into a new phase; an advisory board has been formed with our first meeting on September 6th.
- We are still piloting the 10-week course material, going very well! Need more places to pilot the material.
- Beginning a new Sexual Issue group for women.
- Fundraising needs to kick into gear as we look into sustainability for the long haul and publication of the material.
So very glad you have written this course. I can take something away each week and put it into practice. Thank You!!!
If I stay close to Jesus and His Word in prayer my choices are better and I am not nearly so pulled away into bad habits!
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Life after Foot Operation, Week 7!! No one can really prepare you for weeks without walking!! I have seen life from a completely different perspective. It is amazing that a corrective foot surgery can lead to so much dependence. Although … Continue reading
I just don’t know how to get out of this cycle of guilt and shame!
We kicked off our present season of Recovery evenings yesterday with the new name, Free!! I am sitting, the morning after, pondering the new and continuing relationships of the night before. People need to talk, to get their story out and I listen to the pain, the struggles, the despair. It is the first week and precious people long for a fresh start but how? Is there hope? Are they condemned to a life of slavery? Each one of these precious souls have at one time or another said yes to Christ, yet why are they still fighting and often defeated by the same behaviours, thought patterns, shame and guilt cycle. There is great hope! It may come in very subtle ways, a slow journey, in unexpected ways but it is there! Having been leading support groups and meeting hurting individuals consistently over the past couple of years I am seeing breakthroughs, people are learning to make a fresh start in their thought life, in the avoidance of sin, in learning about the immense grace of our Lord. People are learning that our Father truly does love them! They are learning that the goal of our Saviour is not necessarily a comfortable life, pain has a purpose and, if we let it, it can grow us! These are participants who know severe pain, often inflicted by others. I think of one of our delightful leaders, who shared that one day her father burnt all her college course notes and she had no possibility of continuing with that course and had to drop out. Her father, in a warped sense of concern, thought his daughter was never going to make much of herself so why bother! How does a young woman learn godly attitudes in such a devastating circumstance, just one of many, sometimes brutal, exchanges with her father. Well, it took some time, going through cycles of drugs, alcohol and self-harm, cutting and eating. If that wasn’t enough, there is rape and the loss of two babies…..goes on and on. She has and is learning to lean into the grace of our Saviour, often in physical pain. She spends her life reaching out in Him to those deeply struggling.
A Fresh start comes one step at a time, one choice at a time, one capture of a thought at a time. 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” That is basically every sinful thought pattern, as you are aware, and counteract each thought with the truth of Scripture. Sometimes life gets so tough that this journey is so very difficult to do alone. Find a loving godly community and be challenged and loved in this way!! I think of the panic attacks and the time I spent pondering and speaking out loud the truth of Scripture, 2 Timothy 1:7. Not easy but God is in the business of fresh starts even if you find yourself doing that time and again throughout a single day! That is grace.
I am in the middle of a strenuous task! Pulling together a history of joy over a considerable period of time. This is not a cut and dry task. What is joy? Is joy a subset of happiness or is happiness a subset of joy? Should I study both? How do people define joy? Happiness? Why on earth is this significant? This is hopefully going to be a series of blogs as I pull together these thoughts. I am working on this alongside working in real life, with people struggling with some traumatic issues. This past week there was a painful outburst as I began to read the verse in James, “Count it all joy…..” Didn’t get any further, wasn’t able to unpack anything more. I do understand. BUT, it is in the Word of God and needs to be unpacked in the context of a complete study of Joy in the Old and New Testaments. God does understand but He has the whole picture. We are stuck in our own little worlds, sometimes of agonizing pain. A Yale study, ongoing, starting with a reflection on the joylessness of modern life, noted that this has possibly led to much dysfunction in life and it might have something to do with the fact that up to the beginning of the 20th century, joy was related and attached to a spiritual journey. Thoughts?
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Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors, Firstly thank you for your prayers for a good start to this Recovery Course. It has started well, we are now into our 4th week, having just completed the third session. We are now able … Continue reading
Christmas is over for another year and John and I are regrouping for 2016. As I contemplate 2015, I have to simply say, God is good. No, life has not been perfect. I DEFINITELY have not lived perfectly. But that … Continue reading
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The Recovery Course has been going well this Fall, with over 50 people participating, and over 20 regulars. The exciting thing is that even visiting one time can have an impact. Meet Dennis: Dennis came once, then disappeared. It happens. … Continue reading