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The Life Recovery Bible

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Faith and recovery are both very personal experiences. Now that you have your Life Recovery Bible you’re probably eager to get started. However, now that you’re holding it in your hands, you might find that you’re a bit intimidated by its size and small print. This is understandable; after all, addiction often has some accompanying emotional problems, so you may be feeling overwhelmed to begin with.

For many people, even those outside of recovery, reading and interpreting the Bible can be a challenging task. It is these very concerns which have shaped The Live Recovery Bible. Within the pages of this user-friendly recovery-focused Bible, scripture perfectly complements important twelve-step principles.

Getting Started

How Do I Use The Bible?

The Life Recovery Bible is a New Living Translation of the Judeo-Christian sacred Biblical text. In the very beginning of this Bible, you will find all the books it contains organized both sequentially and alphabetically. These are followed with page numbers, making for quick reference. Before we proceed further, we will spend a little time explaining how the Bible is set up.

This Bible contains 66 books, each of which contain chapters. Every chapter is further broken down into verses. This is why when you see a certain Bible passage, you see three pieces of information represented. Together, these three things give you an exact location of a specific verse or passage within the Bible.

Now to find this passage:

Again, if you’re uncertain where James is, you can access the book’s page number in the beginning of the Bible. Once you’re there, scan the text until you find the correct chapter, written out as “CHAPTER 5.” Now, to find the verse, you need to look for a small number to the upper left of each verse; this is called a superscript. In the following example, the first superscript is 13, which means it is verse 13. Look closely, the superscript verse number isn’t always located at the beginning of the column—sometimes a verse begins in the middle of a column.

The Power of Prayer

¹³Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick?… 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

You will also see that each chapter is further broken down into what are referred to as subheadings or section headings, which is the area in bold in the example. These give you a basic idea of what that section of the chapter is about, making it easier to find a specific theme or Biblical event.

What’s The Best Way To Read The Life Recovery Bible?

This Bible is unique in the fact that it can be used in more way than one. First, you can read its individual books from beginning to end, starting with Genesis. In this instance, you would begin with the Old Testament and progress to the New Testament. In doing so, you will encounter all the tools it offers, however, not necessarily in the most intentional way.

If you have specific needs or struggles within your recovery, there is a second way you can use this book. Recovery and the Bible can both be complicated. The Life Recovery Bible is essentially a study guide. This means that you can use it to study a certain subject that is important or challenging to you.

This version of the book makes it easy to cross reference what you’re studying so that you can more easily see the big picture. What this means is that if you want to learn more about a certain topic, you will typically find multiple resources on it which link to related topics. This way you can broaden your search, should you choose. We’ll explain more about this later.

Why Is The Life Recovery Bible Good For Recovery?

What makes this Bible exceptional for recovery is that these concepts often link to another—just like the way feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in recovery are often linked to one another. Here’s an example: maybe you’re feeling anxious or depressed and blame yourself for the adverse affects your addiction created. You could look up “blame,” as a search term, then be directed to forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, and then relationships. Think about this a minute.

One of the biggest goals of recovery is to overcome negative mindsets like blame and replace them with positive ones (like forgiveness) so that you can experience better health, wellness, and stability (three things that are restorative).

Now think of it this way—this Bible was created to follow the Twelve Steps. Let’s take this example further and frame it within the Steps. Again, you start with the negative (blame) and progress to learn about restoration (Step Two), reconciliation (Steps Eight and Nine), and areas pertaining to relationships (Steps Eight, Nine, and Twelve).

Now you can see how this process closely mirrors the progression of the Twelve Steps. In order to protect your sobriety and find emotional, mental, and spiritual freedom, you must work towards repairing the wrongs you made while using drugs or alcohol. Not only do these steps protect your sobriety, but they aid you in cultivating a more positive mental state. In doing so, you can better protect yourself from risk factors for depression, anxiety, and/or other mental health disorders.

Is This A Personal Or A Group Tool?

Just like a faith-guided recovery, a healthy balance between an individual focus and fellowship can be vastly beneficial. This is not to say that you can’t use this Bible only by yourself; however, we encourage you to share what you’re learning with others who read and study The Life Recovery Bible. Not only will this offer you positive and faith-based companionship and accountability, but a time to pray and lift each other up in the name of the Lord. This Christ-centered approach can be immensely useful within a relapse prevention plan. Peer-support is critical within a solid recovery.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is a great passage that tells you why:

9Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble….12A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer…

There is power and hope in these words.

You can do this two ways—find a recovery group that studies this Bible. Or, if you prefer something a little more informal, get together with some close friends or peers from church or your twelve-step group. If you haven’t taken part in a twelve-step program, it might be a good time to consider one. These groups will help you put these life-changing principles to practice.

Recovery Bible Study Guide Tips

Set Aside A Specific Time Of Day For Your Study

Structure is important in recovery. If you’re studying the Bible alone, reach out and ask someone close to you to help you adhere to this time. If you’re studying with others, help each other keep this commitment.

Hebrews 10:24-25 instructs us of this importance:

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another….”

This verse echoes the importance of Step Twelve. Also, don’t forget—on top of this, you can pray or read your Bible anytime you need a boost or desire to feel closer to God.

God’s Word Is Sustenance


By definition, sustenance can mean food and/or something “that gives support, endurance, or strength.” Just as our physical bodies need nourishment, so do our spiritual selves. The Word of God can sustain us by this nourishment. Within the Bible, it is common to hear references to God’s word being eaten. While this may sound strange, look to the definition and consider the importance of those characteristics within your recovery and spiritual life.

In 1 Timothy 4:9, Timothy is told “you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teachings you have followed.”


Not only does this message positively challenge the feelings of unworthiness that many individuals in recovery feel, but it shows us if we adhere to God’s message and the teachings within the Bible, we can obtain that worthiness. For a person in recovery, this can be very empowering.

But sometimes, like food, it takes a little time to digest. Don’t rush things. Read something and give it time to settle in. Memorizing a verse or passage is an excellent tool to help these processes. Additionally, if you memorize Scripture, you can draw upon it when things are tough—for instance, should you face a relapse trigger.

Don’t Just Read It—Speak It

The Word of God is a powerful tool. Open up and share these words to those within your life who support you in this way, especially those who are also in recovery. If you don’t have anyone like this in your life, consider looking into a church or a support group to meet people who you can share these words with. Consider these verses:

Proverbs 10:11: “The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain….”  1 Thessalonians 4:18: “So encourage each other with these words.”

Together these verses become very powerful, and from them we can infer that sharing God’s word with other believers can invigorate your life and recovery.

Don’t Forget The Importance Of Fellowship

Here’s another word you hear a lot—fellowship. Fellowship by definition refers to the relationship between friendly individuals who share the same interests, goals, feelings, or experiences. Within church, or Christ-centered activities such as a recovery-based bible study, it would refer to a group of people who support each other’s faith-based recovery goals. These don’t have to be other people in your peer group; other individuals within your church can also fill this important role.

Romans 1:12 shows us how important it is to support each other: “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

Don’t forget—your peers are not just helping you—you can help them too. Fellowship can offer you purpose and fulfillment within God’s love.

Edify Each Other

You often hear the word edify in Church, but what does it mean? In short, to edify is to build up or strengthen each other. An addiction may have made you feel weak, helpless, or broken down. Spending time with people who support and understand your struggles and goals can fortify your recovery to rebuild a better life.

2I want them to be encouraged and knit together by ties of strong love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I am telling you this so on one will deceive you will well-crafted arguments. (Colossians 2:2-4)

In short, this passage speaks to a person in recovery by telling them that fellowship can build them up, give them confidence, and help them to better understand God’s purpose for their life. The last verse is especially fitting to a person in recovery.

Sometimes a person from your past might try to tempt you back into substance abuse. Or, it could even be your own inner battle. Many in recovery often contend with negative thoughts and try to justify why using their drug of abuse “just one time” isn’t such a bad idea. It is. Being surrounded by individuals who can remind you of this and direct you to God’s Word is a powerful tool for relapse prevention. Take note of the following section, on “The Twelve Missteps Of Life Recovery;” these “missteps” provide some great examples of the inner battles we speak of.

Help Each Other Learn


Even with the help of a great tool like The Life Recovery Bible, certain parts of the Bible may still seem confusing or even overwhelming. This is why it’s important to seek fellowship with people who can edify you.

Colossians 3:16 is a powerful reminder of this: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.”


To do this, you can share things you’ve learned, discuss concepts or passages you don’t understand, and pray together for better understanding and the Lord’s continued guidance.



As simple as this might seem, prayer should be the axis of both your recovery and your Bible study. You can pray alone and alongside those with whom you study. In fact, this is not only a great way to begin and end your day, but the best way to start your Bible study. Here’s a prayer you can ground your study on:

“Lord, I welcome you into my heart. I pray the Holy Spirit lead me as I study Your Word and take it with me into my day. Grant me humbleness and the ability to accept your Truth and the courage to change. Give me strength to persevere and hope to guide me. Thank you for your many gifts. Amen.”

When you pray at day’s end, try to integrate what you learned into your bible study that day. Express your thanks to God and ask for his continued enlightenment and strength as you strive to utilize what you learned in His Word.

Now that we’ve established how to read the Bible, the importance of doing so, and how to integrate this study into your life, we’re going to expand on exactly how to use The Life Recovery Bible.


Recovery Notes

These highlighted portions draw your attention to certain passages within the Bible that are key within recovery that can incite the introspection that is necessary to build the more positive and faith-filled thoughts that are so critical within recovery.

Twelve Step Devotionals

Building even further on this foundational framework of recovery, this Bible even more fully develops the Twelve Steps by linking them to 84 thought-provoking devotionals expertly placed at pertinent intervals within this Bible.


Serenity Prayer Devotionals

Expounding on yet another cornerstone element of spiritual recovery, this Bible takes this well-known and resonant prayer even further, by introducing over 50 devotionals founded on the principles expressed in this simple, yet life-changing affirmation, the Serenity Prayer.

Recovery Profiles

Developing many of the impactful individuals within the Bible in even greater depth, this feature portrays key men and women within the Bible in a way that helps you to glean transformative insight into your recovery.

Recovery Themes

This inclusion of relevant recovery themes introduces various books within the Bible, providing a framework for you to base both your Biblical studies and your recovery on.

Recovery Reflections

The majority of the books of the Bible are followed by these reflections which focus on particular passages within these books, organized and accessible by way of topic.

It is in this way, directed by these carefully chosen and placed insightful passages, that you can grow deeper in both your understanding of the Scriptures and your recovery, in a manner that builds a foundational connection between each. As you grow within your faith, your recovery will grow as well. In order to create an even greater sense of cohesion and connection, this Bible offers even more in-depth resources, including both a topical and devotional index, a guide to help you better navigate the text, various outlines, text offering historical perspectives on the books of the Bible and introductions to each, a “12-Step comparison chart,” and even online support, such as 12-Step Devotionals with Stephen Arterburn and a tool to help you find Bible verses that contain information regarding more commonly sought after topics.

This Bible is a great accompaniment to traditional 12-step, spiritually-based programs like AA and NA, or for anyone that desires a profound tool to enhance their faith-based recovery. Beyond this, The Life Recovery Bible may help to instill a greater sense of faith, purpose, encouragement, and direction in those struggling with other aspects within their life, either separately, or adjacent to addiction.

Faith-Filled Inspiration And Guidance For Depression And Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are far too common within our society. These mental health disorders can be crippling, chasing a person’s sense of self and purpose. Life and hope may pale, falling to the wayside as the negativity and fear these illnesses perpetuate takes over. Left unchecked, these conditions can create great unbalance and damage within a person’s life, not least of which is addiction.

Far too often, these conditions exist alongside of addiction. These dual diagnosis concerns are of great importance when you’re striving towards recovery. In some cases. a person may have struggled with depression, anxiety, or both prior to developing an addiction. It may have been these very things that first drove them to use drugs or alcohol, in an ill-fated attempt to suppress or cope with the many times disabling symptoms of these heavy-handed mental health disorders. This self-medication becomes a slippery slope, as casual use becomes more compulsive, gaining momentum past occasional abuse, to become a full-fledged addiction.

Sometimes, these co-occurring disorders may have actually originated from the drug or alcohol abuse. As these substances impact your body and brain, depression and anxiety are only two of many dangerous and life-altering risks that substance abuse and addiction may impose upon your life. In any case, using drugs and alcohol in a manner of abuse or as in the chronic behavior of addiction, may only serve to further exacerbate these disorders. To effectively find lasting freedom from addiction, a person must address these dual diagnosis concerns within their treatment, while also being mindful to keep them in check throughout the entirety of recovery, as they could become harmful triggers for relapse.

Helping You To Reclaim A Better State Of Mind

The Life Recovery Bible may be your key to greater emotional and mental peace. As you gain more developed spiritual insight and guidance, you may find that you learn valuable tools and insights that help you to moderate some facets of these concerns, including better coping skills. Utilizing the reader and recovery-friendly tools within this Bible, you can easily look up and access Bible passages and verses that may speak to you of the concerns or situations within your life that aggravate them. Helping to undo some of the negative emotions you may have let yourself fall prey to, these readings may help you to find forgiveness, inner peace, and more far-reaching emotional freedom that may aid you to conquering these mental health needs.

In doing this, you will not only be developing a more focused pursuit of your faith, while lending more balance to your mental state, but you will also be addressing the issues that may plague your state of addiction or your current recovery pursuits. This freedom works hand-in-hand with both your spiritual and recovery goals, helping you to learn even more how to give your concerns to God, while more fully embracing the second of the Twelve Steps, which proclaims that members “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

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