Addiction and Grace

Front Cover
Harper Collins, 1991 - Psychology - 208 pages
7 Reviews

Here is Gerald May's brilliant and now classic exploration of the psychology and physiology of addiction. It offers an inspiring and hope–filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy.

Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives.Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
3
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

User Review  - pete - Christianbook.com

Ill be the first to admit it that people have the tendency to try and fix everything ourselves thinking we have all the answers. After reading this excellent yet slightly abstruse book I was ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - revslick - LibraryThing

May does a superb job of describing our addictive nature and issues the hard challenge of living in the spacious moments once we've stopped. Read full review

Contents

The Qualities of Addiction
21
The Psychological Nature of Addiction
42
The Neurological Nature of Addiction
64
The Theological Nature of Addiction
91
The Qualities of Mercy
119
Grace and Will
140
Discernment and
162
Notes
182
Index
197
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1991)

Gerald G. May, M.D. (1940-2005), practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He was the author of many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology, including Addiction and Grace, Care of Mind/Care of Spirit, Will and Spirit, and The Dark Night of the Soul.

Bibliographic information