Resources on Alcoholism and Ministry to Alcoholics and Their Families: An Annotated Bibliography -- By: Furman Hewitt

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 09:2 (Spring 1992)
Article: Resources on Alcoholism and Ministry to Alcoholics and Their Families: An Annotated Bibliography
Author: Furman Hewitt


Resources on Alcoholism and Ministry
to Alcoholics and Their Families:
An Annotated Bibliography

Furman Hewitt

Professor of Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

The following is a partial list of books which can inform concerned pastors and laypeople about the nature of alcoholism, treatment of alcoholics, the specific issues faced by the families and children of alcoholics, biblical and theological understanding, and suggestions about the Church’s ministry to alcoholics and their families. Accompanying the list of books is a list of organizations and publishers which provide resources.

A more extensive listing, broken down by subject, can be found in Margaret Fuad, Alcohol and the Chruch: Developing an Effective Ministry (Pasadena, CA: Hope Publishing Co., 1992), pp. 195-223. Margaret Fuad’s listing of resources has the advantage of listing pamphlets as well as books, videos, magazines and newsletters, an extensive listing of churches and other organizations which have developed helpful programs to deal with alcohol abuse.

I. Books

Ackerman, Robert J. Children of Alcoholics. Holmes Beach, FL: Learning Publications, 1978. One of the early treatments of the particular pains and challenges faced by children.

Al-Anon Family Groups. New York: Al-Anon Family Groups, 1966. This is Al-Anon’s basic book, akin to the “Big Book” of AA.

Al-Anon. The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage. New York: Al-Anon Family Groups, 1984. Sound advice for those living with an alcoholic spouse.

Al-Anon. Living with an Alcoholic. New York: Al-Anon Family Groups, 1985. Contains a good summary of the purpose and history of Al-Anon.

Al-Anon. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. New York: Al-Anon Family Groups, 1953. Shares the experience, the strength, and the hope for further self-discovery and personal growth.

Alateen: Hope for the Children of Alcoholics. New York: Al-Anon Family Groups, 1953. The book on the Twelve-Step recovery group for young people.

Alcoholics Anonymous. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 1939. This is AA’s original book, called the “Big Book.” It includes Bill W.’s story, what AA is,

how AA understands alcoholism, how AA works, and in the revised edition, includes the stories of early and later members. Essential reading for learning about AA.

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 1957. A very interesting and va...

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