The Last Addiction
Own Your Desire, Live Beyond Recovery, Find Lasting Freedom
By Sharon Hersh
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9780877882039, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 19, 2008
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In an age of tell-all addiction memoirs and reality television programs, we gulp down the stories of others in the hope that we, too, can be overcomers–even as we continue to love a person, substance, activity, or ideology too much.
As Sharon Hersh writes, “We all suffer from the same condition.” In The Last Addiction, she explores why we are prone to addiction–to make one thing in our lives more central than it should be–and how we can break free of our compulsions.
This is not a book of “self-help” answers or “how-to” steps. It is a book about falling down and getting up again, about realizing that we need more than ourselves to be saved. The truth is, we’re not as bad as we think we are–and we are worse than we ever dreamed. When we live between those two realities, we are ready to let go of the last idol: the belief that we can save ourselves.
The Last Addiction invites you to see your own story more clearly as you better understand your longing for intimacy. It invites you to love boldly and receive love in return. It invites you to the freedom of redemption.
Sharon Hersh is a licensed professional counselor and the director of Women’s Recovery & Renewal, a ministry of counseling, retreat, and support services for struggling women. She is an adjunct professor in Addictions Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary, Mars Hills Graduate School, and Colorado Christian University. She is the author of several books, including Bravehearts, “Mom, I Feel Fat!” “Mom, I Hate My Life!” and “Mom, Sex Is No Big Deal!” She is a sought-after speaker for conferences and retreats. Sharon lives with her family in Lone Tree, Colorado.
"The absolute best book I've read on addiction."
–Beth Moore, best-selling author and Bible teacher
“There is a different life beyond addiction. Read this brilliantly crafted, true book. Then, read it again. There’s hope in these pages. A new life, a better life. Take it.”
–Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc. (www.aplaceofhope.com), and author of 16 books
“Sharon Hersh is a brilliant artist of the heart whose broken story radiates with the mystery of relentless, down and dirty, truth-filled love. It is scandalous to claim, as Sharon does, that an addiction bears a gift for the addict and for all those who care for him. If it is true, and it is, then shame is not our final covering, nor is sorrow our only friend. If you know you struggle with gods that are not your creator, but have created madness, loneliness, and heartache, then the journey of The Last Addiction will bring you face to face with the One whose transforming love is our deepest desire.”
–Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., president and professor of counseling, Mars Hill Graduate School, author of Leading with a Limp and To Be Told
“A must-read for anyone who wants to go beyond addiction into the heart and soul of recovery.”
–William Cope Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
“I love this book because Sharon reveals the most beautiful truth: We’re all addicts. And we all have Hope.”
–Peter Hiett, pastor and author