I just finished reading Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down once I started reading it. Heather’s story of addiction to and recovery from alcohol is one that I think could benefit most, if not all, Christians–and probably people of other faiths or no faith as well–who are struggling with powerlessness over their own addictions. Heather tells her story in a way that I think most people who struggle with the misery of any type of addiction will appreciate and relate to in some way.
Heather Kopp is a Christian author and editor who struggled with a growing and very real addiction to alcohol. She knows the very real misery of living a life that is in conflict with what you know God wants from you and yet are unable to overcome and change . . . despite your sincerity, best efforts, faith and prayers.While her story is one of hope, restoration, and recovery, it does not ignore the reality that life can and on occasion will be difficult, challenging, and painful. Again, Heather shares how she has faced and handled the ups and downs of life as a sober Christ follower.
Heather is a good example and representative that sincere and committed followers of Jesus can and do become addicted to alcohol as well as other substances and behaviors. She is a real person with real struggles who shares her true self in such a way that I think can and will encourage others to be more honest about their own struggles with addiction and their need for help, support, and understanding from a healing and compassionate recovery community. I also hope it will help other Christians and the church become more understanding, supportive, and accepting of those with addictions. I was inspired and encouraged by Heather’s story to be more open and honest with others about my own struggles and how God is healing and restoring me. I hope many others will read and be helped by this important story of God’s Grace and healing in the life of one of his beloved children.