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Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry
Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry

Margaret Fuad has compiled this excellent resource looking at the role of the church in addressing America's number one drug problem: alcohol. She recapitulates what the Bible says about drinking, noting relevant similarities and differences between biblical and contemporary societies. She also discusses spirituality and alcohol, the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, considerations concerning personal use or nonuse of alcohol, and how to meet the needs of the one out of five persons in our society impacted by alcohol abuse. An appendix contains a study/syllabus and various lists of resources. Churches and other groups concerned about alcohol awareness will find these lists invaluable. 

The Library Journal has "highly recommended" this book for public libraries and the Bookstore Journal in its review asked, "Does the church have a responsibility to help those addicted to alcohol? Does the church have the resources to deal effectively with America's plague of alcoholism? Fuad first answers 'yes' to both questions, then proposes a practical plan of attack, workable for individuals,  churches and denominations. [This] is probably the best treatment to date of the subject of alcoholism from s a solidly biblical perspective. She clearly asserts that the root problem is spiritual and that alcohol abuse must be dealt with from a spiritual perspective if any lasting change is to be accomplished. She also is clear in contending that the church has been lax in dealing with this national plague. One of this book's unique features is a thoughtful, scholarly examination of the Hebrew and Greek words for 'wine' and 'strong drink' found in both Testaments. The purpose of this discussion is to determine the biblical view of alcoholic beverages. Fuad concludes that though the Bible apparently condones drinking in moderation, it doesn't answer all the questions surrounding the nature of the alcohol problem in today's society. To fill the gap, Fuad discusses factors that should govern all Christian behavior--love for God, others, and self. The greatest contribution of this work is its multitude of practical suggestions for churches wanting to help their members--and clergy--deal with this devastating problem. It will also prove valuable to anyone concerned about the drinking habits of a family member or friend." The Disciple said, "The author, who has written this excellent study book on a subject which most of our churches have ignored in recent years. It would be effective for individual or group study. The volume is well researched with an excellent in-depth study of the Bible's teachings about the use of the beverage alcohol. (Any who cannot tolerate having cherished beliefs in this area challenged had best leave the book alone.) Included is an exhaustive bibliography."

MARGARET FUAD has over two decades experience in the area of alcohol abuse problems as the editor of the Presbyterian Alcohol Network News. Widowed, she is now retired and living in Glendale, CA.

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