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Messy Means of Deliverance

Broken shines light on addictions, recovery, and (maybe) the church.

"You need to read a book called Broken by William Moyers," a woman said to me during a conversation about alcoholism. Her enthusiasm for the book was so impressive that, first chance I got, I downloaded it into my Amazon Kindle (an electronic reader) and began reading.

Of the writings on addiction and the lives of addicts, there is no end. But Broken will stand out among them. Even though I have several twelve-stepping friends, this book taught me more about the brutal power of addiction and the tough but workable way of recovery than I have learned from all of them.

Author William Cope Moyers is the son of the well-known journalist, Bill Moyers, once a top assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Life as Bill Moyers' son meant access to the White House and exposure to the elite of the world. As Moyers describes his upbringing, hardly a door was ever closed to him.

Such privilege can be beneficial but also destructive. How do you find the self God created you to be while living in the shadow ...

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