Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sober Mercies: A Book Review

My best way to learn something is through story. And when a story is shared with humor ... even better.

Since Christy has been home from England, she has been lending me great books. And we three girls have spent a few hours at Barnes and Noble. And we have been taking lots of walks to the library. All summer, there has been a delicious stack of books by my bed.

Last week, after a few busy and stressful days, I decided to take the morning off. I stayed in my pajamas (my favorite clothes), made tea and coffee, and began the book that had made it to the top of my stack.

Six hours and 15 pages of notes later, I finished my favorite book of the summer. Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with A Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp.

Heather tells her story of recovery, not just from alcohol, but from much untrue thinking. How I want God to do that in my life, too ... freedom from my brokenness and untrue thinking. 

Listen to this .... (and then read the book) 

"I had mistaken a belief based system for an experienced based faith. I had been on a prideful journey aimed at being right about God, instead of on a desperate soul journey aimed at being real with God. The difference can make you sick."

"If I was going to experience the kind of ongoing spiritual transformation I so desperately wanted, I would have to learn the difference between ascribing to a set of Christian beliefs that had no power to change me, and clinging daily to an experience of God's love and grace that could."

In this beautiful, honest and sometimes humorous memoir, Heather shares her journey to a new relationship with God and the opening of her heart to community.

I truly loved this book.

What is the best thing you read this summer?

Linking with sweet Jen.

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  1. What a great quote you selected, Glenda! Guess I'm adding one more to my ever-longer list!! Thanks for this.

  2. I'm with Diana....those quotes were real 'aha's.

    Best thing I read this summer? I have tackled SO many books and I don't think I've finished one. Wait, there is one, but the title escapes me...I'll have to go find it :-)

  3. o glenda...i can soooo relate just in your few words!! how brave that people can begin sharing their true stories..the truth between the two can REALLY make you SICK!!
    praying for more rest and good stories for your sould...good tea and daughters:) love to you this holiday you friend

  4. Hi Glenda,

    I love long mornings spent in my PJ's with tea(am actually having one now...Ahhh)

    This sounds REALLY good and because of your recommendation (and because I'm a huge nonfiction book fan) I'm going to read it.

    This summer I found a Daily Deal for my Kindle and got a novel series by Terri Blackstock (The Restoration Series)--totally different reading for me. The books are action-based and dialogue driven, about a pulsar from a super nova ending all electronic capabilities on earth, and what happens to several families in a small town as a result. It was great summer reading.

  5. Hello sweet person! Can't stop long enough to read a whole book...but your blog was grand little respite!

  6. Thanks for this inspiration Glenda, I always love hearing about your favorite books as I know I will love them too. I honestly haven't had a lot of time for reading this summer with "the herd" from London here for most of the summer but Scott and I have been watching a wonderful, fascinating series from Netflix called "Island at War". It's the story of the occupation of the British Channel Islands during the 2nd WW. We're really enjoying it!

  7. "Being right ABOUT God." That's something to think about. Looks like a great book! My summer favorites were Unwritten by Charles Martin and When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey. Both excellent!

  8. Tony Danza's "I Apologize to Every Teacher I've Ever Had" was a great read and made re-think my attitude on teachers and the system.

  9. Hi Glenda,
    Good thoughts here. My favorite read this summer was Nate Berkus' book, The Things That Matter. He survived the tsunami while vacationing in Sri Lanka and his story of survival is gripping.

  10. This does sound like a good book; I may have to check it out. I appreciate the reminder of this truth today - I needed it. So glad you shared!

  11. I recently read a blog post on by Heather Kopp and the points she made could apply to anyone, even if not facing an addiction. They really hit home with me. It's good to see your review of her book here. (visiting from SDG)

  12. book recommendations, especially when they are truly appreciated. I managed two books this summer... 'Plant Dreaming Deep' by May Sarton and 'A Magical Journey' by Katrina Kenison...I loved them both!
    Best wishes... xx

  13. I've read a lot of books this summer. I love to read! (sometimes too much) I bought Sober Mercies because of your post. Enjoying it....and learning so much from it. She is a wonderful writer and even though I may not be dealing with her addiction, she is shedding light on some of my struggles. Thanks for recommending this book!

  14. Book posts are my favorites. I just read "I, Saul" by Jerry Jenkins. Amazing book. I just got A Fine Romance by Susan Branch in the mail. I think you would enjoy the artistic value, too.

  15. That sounds like an amazing book, and a perfect way to spend the day! :)
    I love to read-I will have to check this book out!

  16. I adore good books because I love to read ~ I think I could move into our local book store as I can spend hours and hours in there.

  17. Hello Glenda,
    Sounds like a great book, I will have to check it out one of these days! Enjoy the start of fall!

  18. Wow - I'm putting this on my list of things to read. Sounds powerful and I love to read how people overcome their addictions - whatever they may be.

    I'm reading Quiet. I haven't finished it yet, but it's so good.

  19. Sadly I have not read one book this summer...I don't really read anymore. I do completely enjoy a good Barnes & Noble field trip though! Hope all is well and there's a hint of fall in the air where you are...Ann

  20. Glenda, I'm making a
    mental note to "take the
    morning off" some day
    when Eric is out of town
    and William is at school.
    Gracie would gladly be
    my partner in crime as
    I read to my heart's content
    for a whole morning. Bliss!

    I am currently reading
    "Cutting for Stone," and
    it is really engaging. My
    last book was "Bread and
    Wine," which was a quick
    read filled with many truths
    and some great recipes. I
    did read a few others over
    the summer, but am drawing
    a blank. Think I need a
    morning off : ) !!!

    xo Suzanne

  21. Oh, I've wanted to read this book for awhile. Reading? I reread Stephen Kings book On Writing. I always get something new from it.


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