Re: [orthodox-synod] "True Sobriety"
- I am very interested in this book. Is it possible for you to send a copy
for us to see? I also need shipping prices to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Dormition Skete Orthodox Books & Items
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Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 6:17 AM
Subject: [orthodox-synod] "True Sobriety"
> "TRUE SOBRIETY"
> Our mission now has available, the book "True Sobriety". ( the writer
> spent the last year in court successfully resolving issues with the
> publisher) The book also can be purchased from Amazon.com or
> Borders. ISBN: 1-893181-16-2. It is shown on their respective
> websites with a sub title, "An Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous"
> Our mission price is $6.00 + $2.00 postage and handling ($2 is the
> total for 1 or 2 copies). Checks payable to: St. Peter the Aleut
> Orthodox Mission, 1001 N. Palm Ave., Fresno CA 93728.
> "True Sobriety" presents a practical application of Orthodoxy as a
> means of overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction, while also leading
> to a path seeking eternal salvation. (Hence, the title,"True
> Sobriety") This critical view of the more than 90% failure rate of
> Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and honest assessment
> of the Roman Catholic Church beginning with the alteration of the
> Nicene Creed, also validates Orthodoxy as the source of the life
> changing, grace laden, strength of the Holy Sacraments, especially
> Holy Communion.
> Nearly all of the existing drug treatment programs in existence
> today, embrace AA's teaching that; "unless you come to believe in a
> god or higher power, that their program will not work for you." "True
> Sobriety" reveals many of the benefits reaped from a belief in the
> one true God, and the healing powers of the Holy Sacraments of
> His "One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church."
> Our mission is the preliminary stage of our further intent to build a
> 144-bed, drug treatment center, dedicated to St. Xenia. "True
> Sobriety" will be used in conjunction with the structured teachings
> at the center. Existing treatment centers, whether either "medical"
> or "social" models, have a more than 85% failure rate on average.
> Our center is not innovative, but rather it will be patterned and
> defined as a "monastic model"; a spiritual hospital, where a person
> can hopefully heal their wounds. The estimated cost of this project
> is approximately $5 million. We are not accepting donations, but we
> do ask for your prayers as we are nearing our anticipated 15 minute
> window with the California State Assembly. We also will be looking
> to someday staff the facility with people who embrace an Orthodox
> approach towards dealing with addiction.
> We have a 2'x3' water color architectural rendering of the proposed
> center that we intend to use as a backdrop while making our
> presentation to the State. I have sent copies to a few people on
> Orthodox Lists and was hoping that perhaps one of you all could post
> the picture because I don't know how to to send it to the lists.
> Because of our recent three year successful project of working on the
> streets and in the jails with addicts, and also because of the
> anticipated success of a monastic type of environment, based on it's
> known value to our Faith, and through the continued prayers of the
> miracle working St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, we are praying that our
> Saviour continues to bless our efforts. (We have a laminated
> abbreviated version of the Akathist to St. Xenia that is read twice
> daily at our mission.)
> We have distributed several earlier rejected copies of "True
> Sobriety" and have received testimonies from jails and prisons
> stating that the book has helped to change people's lives, and in
> three cases that the book has greatly helped to save a person's life,
> all Glory be to God!
> Please assist us by praying for our Saviour's will, especially since
> we sometimes get a little ahead of ourselves.
> Respectfully, your brother and sister in Jesus Christ,
> John and Maura Chaplain,
> Wardens, at St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Mission
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