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Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry by Margaret A. Fuad

By Margaret A. Fuad

This publication, through the editor of the Presbyterian Alcohol community information , discusses the position of the church in addressing America's number 1 drug challenge: alcohol. She recapitulates what the Bible says approximately consuming, noting proper similarities and variations among biblical and modern societies. She additionally discusses spirituality and alcohol, issues bearing on own use or nonuse of alcohol, and the way to satisfy the necessity. An appendix features a study/syllabus and numerous lists of assets. church buildings and different teams desirous about alcohol knowledge will locate those lists useful. hugely advised for public libraries.-- saysThe Library magazine. provides the book place magazine: "Does the church have a accountability to assist these hooked on alcohol? Does the church have the assets to deal successfully with America's plague of alcoholism? Fuad first solutions 'yes' to either questions, then proposes a realistic plan of assault, practicable for people, person church buildings, teams of church buildings, or even denominations. "Fuad's publication is definitely one of the most sensible remedy so far of the topic of alcoholism from a solidly biblical standpoint. She basically asserts that the basis challenge is religious and that alcohol abuse has to be handled from a non secular viewpoint if any lasting swap is to be comprehensive. "She is also transparent in contending that the church has been lax in facing this nationwide plague. notwithstanding, she hopes that the present scenario can swap, and he or she even sees the start indicators of the sort of swap. "One of this book's designated positive aspects is a considerate, scholarly exam of the Hebrew and Greek phrases for 'wine' and 'strong drink' present in either Testaments. the aim of this dialogue is to figure out the biblical view of alcoholic drinks. Fuad concludes that although the Bible it seems that condones consuming carefully, it does not solution the entire questions surrounding the character of the alcohol challenge in state-of-the-art society. To fill the distance, Fuad discusses elements that are supposed to govern all Christian behavior--love for God, others, and self. "Another not-so-unique, yet super worthwhile, dialogue facilities at the distinction bwtween alcohol abuse and alcoholism. however the maximum contribution of this paintings is its multidue of sensible feedback for church buildings eager to support their members--and clergy--deal with this devastating challenge. it's going to additionally turn out helpful to somebody occupied with the consuming behavior of a loved one or friend."

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