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Summary

Where do you turn for hope when you already have the answer - but the answer isn't working?

As a long-time Christian, Heather Kopp never expected to become an out-of-control alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place - tucked behind books in her study, zipped into a special compartment in her oversized purse, at the back of her closet stuffed inside her boots.

Even as her career and marriage teetered on the brink, Kopp couldn't get a grip, desperately hiding the true extent of her drinking from the rest of the world - her husband included. During the day she wrote books about God and prayer and family. At night she locked herself in her bathroom to guzzle chardonnay.

For her, as for many Christians who struggle with addiction, overwhelming shame and confusion only made things worse. Why wasn't her faith enough to save her? Why didn't repentance, Bible reading and prayer work? Where was God?

Meanwhile, as she watched in horror, her grown son descended into his own nightmare of drugs and alcohol. She feared for his life, yet she couldn't stop drinking long enough to help him - or find a way out for herself.

Until the day everything changed.

Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness... and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves.

If you love Jesus but shop too much, drink too much, eat too much, crush on men who aren't your husband, or otherwise fixate on doing things you hate but can't stop doing, Sober Mercies is for you.

As you follow Kopp's sincere, stumbling journey toward freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with God, you'll find renewed hope - and practical steps of recovery - for your own journey.

©2013 Heather Harpham Kopp (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Lynn
  • 28-09-14

Spouse of Alcoholic Husband

What did you love best about Sober Mercies?

From the hour I downloaded SOBER MERCIES, I was enthralled. While the issues of the main character were totally different from the issues of my alcoholic spouse, the author's heartfelt story gave me new insights and hope like never before. As the book drew to a close I was sorry for it to end but thrilled with the outcome.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is one of many I have read on the subject of addiction. It was written so well as the main character, the recovering alcoholic, was already an accomplished writer, herself. As there were so many differences in her character and personality than my alcoholic spouse's, at first I was hoping for more similarities, but then I realized that she covered the whole process from beginning to end, with insight from her experience that gave me wonderful and new insight that can be applied to my life with my alcoholic spouse. It causes me to desire more experiences from those who are struggling than just from experts on the subject of addiction.

Which character – as performed by Loretta Rawlins – was your favorite?

You'll have to listen to the book. The book is written so well as I mentioned earlier because the author, the recovering alcoholic, was already an accomplished writer.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The narrator was superb with her inflections, pauses and manner of speaking which gave the story great interest. It really caused you to believe it was the voice of the author.

Any additional comments?

I am thankful that Heather Kopp shared her story and I wish her peace and success as she continues helping others while they help her. I appreciated her stories that made her struggles with God, Grace and recovery so real.

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  • baritonedad
  • 25-01-17

Raw and Inspiring!

Sober Mercies is a raw and painfully truthful account of one Christian's journey in the Spiritual Transformation necessary to deal with the disease of Alcoholism. Heather Harpham Kopp has a very insightful writing style. Loretta Rawlins is an excellent narrator who really lifts the words off the page in a conversational way. I hope to listen to more books read by her.

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  • Erik
  • 03-11-16

loved it

there isn't many books that are fiction / alcoholic / family mother struggles. this was one.

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  • JENNIFER WZ
  • 11-08-16

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This book was enjoyable and easy to listen to. If you are a woman, a wife, a mother and a Christian it will resonate even more.

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  • Mermaid
  • 05-04-16

sober story

I loved this story of getting, being sober. hearing the struggle is confirming. the questions so many of us have. and the redemption that we can make it.

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  • Shane
  • 17-05-13

An oasis in a lost desert

What made the experience of listening to Sober Mercies the most enjoyable?

The Content

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I have read & listened to hundreds of books over the years and have never been inclined to post a review or my opinions, but not doing so with this book would not give it justice. Struggling with very similar issues for the last 15 years myself, I have been to countless Christian retail and online stores looking for something that would relate to some of my own personal conflictions as a Christian struggling with an addiction. For the first time in 15 years I feel like I am not alone in this ordeal and highly commend Loretta’s braveness to put her experience out there for some of us to take note, relate and possibly learn from it. This book has given me the inspiration to explore new avenues I have discarded in the past and given me renewed hope for the future. Thank you Loretta.
-A Christian Man in Texas

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  • H. Mears
  • 07-10-17

Interesting. Well written and well performed.

Really enjoyed Heather's open and honest story about her quest for sobriety. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

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  • K. Freas
  • 30-08-17

Well done

I have read this book, as well as listened to the AB, and find the AB an excellent rendition of the tone and inflection of my interpretation of the printed page.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-17

AA and Al-Anon Must Read

Although the narrator's voice sounds too young for the author (she has grown children), I enjoyed the book very much-- would highly recommend for alcoholics and Al-Anon members!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-17

Real Inspiration

Thank you, Heather, for sharing your story. It gives me much hope for a brighter future. Thank you for your transparency, it helped me to shed my shame and go to a meeting. I am forever changed.