It's tempting for the nonalcoholic to read a memoir about alcoholism as a detached observer. We can marvel at the depths from which God can save a person from pursuits that bring only harm, pain, and grief—and to thank him that we haven't fallen as far. But Sober Mercies reminds us that we are each living our own addiction story. And we can't lose sight of the complete and total dependence on God's sustaining grace that offers any hope of a way out.
Laura Leonard is associate editor of BuildingChurchLeaders.com and a contributing writer for Her.meneutics.