The Book of Waking Up
We all have our habits to "help" when life gets hard. Yet there's only one force that can offer us true healing from life's pain. Join award-winning writer Seth Haines in The Book of Waking Up for a guided experience into the Divine Love of God that transforms a life.The inevitable pain of life gives us many reasons to check out--and many ways to do it. Alcohol, entertainment, pills, shopping, porn, chasing success, cashing checks, and collecting social media "likes"--these and so many other things anesthetize us from the wounds of everyday living. As Seth Haines wrote in his award-winning book, Coming Clean, "We're all drunk on something."In his compelling follow-up, The Book of Waking Up, Seth invites you into the story of healing. He invites you to see your coping mechanisms for what they are--lesser lovers, which cannot bring the peace, freedom, and wholeness you crave. Through guided reflections, sustainable soul practices, and stories from Seth's life and others, The Book of Waking Up invites you to wake to your coping mechanisms, find the why behind your pain, and walk into the Divine Love of God.As Seth writes, "Addiction is misplaced adoration." Now, join him on a journey toward the only Love worth adoring, the only Love that cures a soul. Join him on the journey to waking up.

The Book of Waking Up Details

TitleThe Book of Waking Up
Author
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherZondervan
ISBN-139780310353966
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Christian, Religion, Faith, Spirituality, Autobiography, Memoir, Christian Living

The Book of Waking Up Review

  • tonia peckover
    January 1, 1970
    Because my family has been involved for many years with foster care and adoption, addiction is something I'm familiar with. I've seen how substance abuse wrecks innocent brains and is passed down through family lines, how poverty and violence and shame rot everything. So I approached Seth Haines' book about addiction and what underlies it with some trepidation. When I was done, I had mixed feelings. First, I know Seth and know his sincerity and honesty and that comes through in this book. He is Because my family has been involved for many years with foster care and adoption, addiction is something I'm familiar with. I've seen how substance abuse wrecks innocent brains and is passed down through family lines, how poverty and violence and shame rot everything. So I approached Seth Haines' book about addiction and what underlies it with some trepidation. When I was done, I had mixed feelings. First, I know Seth and know his sincerity and honesty and that comes through in this book. He is unflinchingly transparent about his own pain and the coping mechanisms that led to addiction in his life. That experience gives him a clear-eyed view of the tendency we all have to turn away from Divine Love and towards things that can trap us. (Money, sex, and social media get equal treatment alongside substance and porn abuse.) He believes that the way out of these disordered affections is through communion with God, and he experiences this in a very literal sense when the wine of the Eucharist becomes the agent of healing for his addiction to wine/alcohol. (Even though Haines' theology seems closer to Catholicism in this book, the writing style is still very evangelical in its folksy reliance on the bible for any spiritual input. That may be hard for readers who are not part of the target audience.) His best insights, in my opinion, come at the end of the book, when he talks about true sobriety. He describes a 135-pound heroin addict who gets clean, but ends up gaining over 100 pounds because he's transferred his addiction to junk food. "Sober? Really?" Haines asks. "Without an approach to dependency that treats the whole person, including the underlying narratives of pain, we'll never walk in waking sobriety." This I can agree with wholeheartedly.Haines goes to great lengths to show that most of us deal with addictions of one kind or another that keeping us from connecting with Divine Love. On this level, I think the book works well and will be best for the type of people who have the money, time, and inclination to pick up a book on addiction and apply it to themselves. (Haines himself admits at one point that if you're reading the book, you are probably affluent-ish.) I do not think that Seth set out to write a manual for treating serious substance addiction or its generational effects and so I don't want to critique him too harshly on that point, but I did feel it was important to draw a distinction about who this book would be appropriate for. Personally, I would not simply hand it over to people I love who are mired in cycles of serious substance abuse and poverty. As a relatively healthy person, I can understand what he means when he says of his healing Eucharist experience, "The wine of my poison - it has become the substance of salvation," but as a mother, sister and friend of people who fight addiction daily, I had to put the book down for awhile. (He does leave a caveat for alcoholics saying they need to know their own weaknesses and do what is best for them. But I think that implies a level of health and awareness that many people I am involved with wouldn't have.) According to the summary on the back of the book, "As Seth writes - addiction is simply misplaced adoration." I can certainly see areas in my own life where this is true and I appreciate Seth's encouragement to keep stripping away the things that obscure my connection to God, and I think this book is most appropriate for people who are in a similar place (or at least have done a good deal of work on rehabilitation, have wise support around them, and are ready and able to go deeper spiritually.)
    more
  • Shawn Smucker
    January 1, 1970
    Seth's writing is beautiful, and his knowledge and awareness of addiction has changed the way I view sobriety. And cereal. And all good things.
  • Laura Tremaine
    January 1, 1970
    My friend Seth Haines writes about addiction and Jesus in an out-of-the-box format and it’s pure poetry.
  • Kevin Perrine
    January 1, 1970
    The number of stars you will give this book are proportional to the amount of effort you will put into it. If you simply ingest and forget The Book of Waking Up, you will probably rate it with two stars ("it was okay"). However, if you're honest with yourself and willing to journey alongside Seth. If you stop at the prompts and actually do the work you may find a trail that goes deeper and further than you imagined. Seth has given us, not a map, but a guidebook. He is a fellow traveler who The number of stars you will give this book are proportional to the amount of effort you will put into it. If you simply ingest and forget The Book of Waking Up, you will probably rate it with two stars ("it was okay"). However, if you're honest with yourself and willing to journey alongside Seth. If you stop at the prompts and actually do the work you may find a trail that goes deeper and further than you imagined. Seth has given us, not a map, but a guidebook. He is a fellow traveler who wants to share his journey to help others be aware of the pitfalls along the way. He wants to lift the weary traveller's head to gaze upon the beauty and limitlessness of this Divine Love. If you're willing to do the work and join him in the journey of Waking Up it will bless you.
    more
  • Andrew Gwinn
    January 1, 1970
    I heard of this book through some other authors that I follow and decided that I might as well pick it up and give it a read. I never considered myself to struggle with any addictions nor have I been on a journey to sobriety and did not expect for this book to be as “amazing” as others have said. However, this book was not what I was expecting it to be. I am walking away from this book with a greater understanding of the purpose and process of waking up from the slumber that I have been in for I heard of this book through some other authors that I follow and decided that I might as well pick it up and give it a read. I never considered myself to struggle with any addictions nor have I been on a journey to sobriety and did not expect for this book to be as “amazing” as others have said. However, this book was not what I was expecting it to be. I am walking away from this book with a greater understanding of the purpose and process of waking up from the slumber that I have been in for quite some time. In this short book, Haines invites readers into the process of understanding the addictions that we all turn to in order to cover the pain that comes with life, and the journey that we all face in overcoming those addictions. Such a timely message for every single person, no matter the season that they may find themselves in.
    more
  • Ryan J.
    January 1, 1970
    We're all addicts! Social media, food, shopping, sex, and success. We are pleasure factories made by and for God. Huh? That's exactly the point of this book. God is inviting us to wake up to his Divine Love and he'll use every means of his creation to do so. Seth Haines has written a fantastic book for anyone longing to experience freedom from addiction in all shapes and sizes. And to awaken to the realities of greater loves and affections in a Divine Love nothing on earth can offer. Written in We're all addicts! Social media, food, shopping, sex, and success. We are pleasure factories made by and for God. Huh? That's exactly the point of this book. God is inviting us to wake up to his Divine Love and he'll use every means of his creation to do so. Seth Haines has written a fantastic book for anyone longing to experience freedom from addiction in all shapes and sizes. And to awaken to the realities of greater loves and affections in a Divine Love nothing on earth can offer. Written in short and reflective chapters, I highly recommend.
    more
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Haines’s book draws a straight line from pain and our coping mechanisms to the idea that we can wake up to sacramental living in Christ and together with others. The writing is fresh, clear and quick. A good book to own and go back to.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to The Book of Waking Up. First, as an audiobook, it was enjoyable to have Seth read it. I felt like we were sitting in a shop and talking more than just words coming at me. Seth's voice is grainy and comfortable like a fall day with crisp leaves. I didn't know the book was about addiction and haven't read Coming Clean. It worked out because of the habits I'm trying to create right now and thinking through what is and isn't healthy. Seth is right too, we all have our addictions and I listened to The Book of Waking Up. First, as an audiobook, it was enjoyable to have Seth read it. I felt like we were sitting in a shop and talking more than just words coming at me. Seth's voice is grainy and comfortable like a fall day with crisp leaves. I didn't know the book was about addiction and haven't read Coming Clean. It worked out because of the habits I'm trying to create right now and thinking through what is and isn't healthy. Seth is right too, we all have our addictions and coping mechanisms. But this isn't a non-fiction self-help study book. This book is filled with long meandering ideas, concrete prose that isn't in a hurry, and an atmosphere of hope. There are a lot of examples, well-developed phrases, and disarming humor that combined create a powerful little book. Listening (reading) becomes responsive here because the words are exciting and interesting. I'm sure I will be reading more from Haines in the future.
    more
  • Rachel A. Dawson
    January 1, 1970
    You all— this book. It’s honest. Essential. Unflinching and yet gracious, simple and yet profound, transformative and provocative and powerful. I’m grateful for it. I’ve been so convicted lately by how disordered so much of my life has become, how I’ve become truly addicted to things that take me away from what I was made for. This book was a safe hand to hold and a steady guide into a new way of living, one where everything falls into right order under Divine Love and where abundance and You all— this book. It’s honest. Essential. Unflinching and yet gracious, simple and yet profound, transformative and provocative and powerful. I’m grateful for it. I’ve been so convicted lately by how disordered so much of my life has become, how I’ve become truly addicted to things that take me away from what I was made for. This book was a safe hand to hold and a steady guide into a new way of living, one where everything falls into right order under Divine Love and where abundance and freedom reign. I’ve been changed by it and it’s a gift. I can’t recommend it enough.
    more
  • Kelly Gau
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Mr Seth Haines....Your attention to detail, skill at storytelling, wisdom with scripture is sure to bless anyone who dares to pic this book up. Thank you for sharing your path so that others can see that it’s worth it..and I’ll be waiting for your album.
    more
  • Traci Rhoades
    January 1, 1970
    An author's journey that takes you on your own journey. Read this slowly. Think through your own addictions (we've all got them). I liked the balance between science and story and scripture. Such a solid read.
  • Brenda Torres
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book for EVERYONE. It isn't just for those who are "addicts" as we've come to use the term. Everyone should read this. And reread it about once a year.
  • Teryn
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this on Audible and was also given a hard copy. I would describe the book as a sermon on the theology of addiction. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Coming Clean because it felt less personal and more preachy. His voice felt heavy and depressing. The constant numbers and repetitive use of the word “whizbang” were distracting.There were moments of brilliance though. The thought I found most profound and have continued to think about is that pain tells us lies. “We are alone. We are not I listened to this on Audible and was also given a hard copy. I would describe the book as a sermon on the theology of addiction. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Coming Clean because it felt less personal and more preachy. His voice felt heavy and depressing. The constant numbers and repetitive use of the word “whizbang” were distracting.There were moments of brilliance though. The thought I found most profound and have continued to think about is that pain tells us lies. “We are alone. We are not enough. No one is safe.” It’s made me think about my own tendency to think this way when Im hurting. I’m distrusting these thoughts more than I did before reading this book. I’m “awake” to the truth that they are lies that keep me from trusting God with my painful times.3.5 stars
    more
  • Scott M. Lederman
    January 1, 1970
    Thankful for the read. Great book to lead us to Divine Love. I am still waking to it. His writing is easy to read, but the truths are lifelong endeavors.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is beautifully written. I sobbed. Seth has a way of speaking directly to a heart in pain, without judgment and with Truth.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent and challenging!
  • Troy
    January 1, 1970
    I greatly enjoyed Seth's new book. In my humble opinion, it's even finer than his last (Coming Clean: A Story of Faith), which was also excellent. Having eagerly looked forward to the release of The Book of Waking Up, when it arrived, I immediately tore through it, immediately passed along my copy to a friend, and came back to Amazon for more copies to keep and share. Those to whom I've passed it on have told me they've done the same thing. Take this as a disclaimer if you like, or a testimony, I greatly enjoyed Seth's new book. In my humble opinion, it's even finer than his last (Coming Clean: A Story of Faith), which was also excellent. Having eagerly looked forward to the release of The Book of Waking Up, when it arrived, I immediately tore through it, immediately passed along my copy to a friend, and came back to Amazon for more copies to keep and share. Those to whom I've passed it on have told me they've done the same thing. Take this as a disclaimer if you like, or a testimony, as I'd offer it: Seth is an old friend, and I've always known him to be a man of character, sharp intellect, artistic instinct, and a deep and authentic faith. He is the real deal, and you can sense that throughout his writing.Seth writes here, as elsewhere, with unusual vulnerability -- and this invites the reader into an honest introspection of their own. The Book of Waking Up is excellent modern spiritual writing. Aside from delighting in Seth's lucid, poetic, personal, and often humorous writing for its own sake, I enjoyed the theme and divisions and flow of the book; and particularly its development of thought, as he structured it.If you sense that you may need a greater awakening from the distractions and fog through which you've been walking through life... an awakening to your life itself; to the state of your own soul; and most of all, to the healing and clarifying love of God.... Don't wait. Order a copy of this book, and embrace its invitation to the way of "inner sobriety".
    more
Write a review