As Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (NLT), The Life Recovery Bible has been used as a path for countless individuals seeking recovery. In 1991, Tyndale House Publishers partnered with Steve Arterburn and Dr. Dave Stoop to create a study Bible that would encourage fellow strugglers to connect with the Bible. As a result, The Life Recovery Bible was born; since then, it has become the number one selling recovery Bible. And millions of those who’ve used this Bible have seen their lives transformed.
Want to start reading The Life Recovery Bible? If so, here are some helpful tips.
1. Start a reading plan.
There are many ways in which one can read through The Life Recovery Bible. Some read through the Bible by starting in Genesis until they go through Revelation. But others use one of the following reading plans laid out in the indexes at the back of the Bible:
- The Twelve-Step Devotional Reading Plan
- The Recovery Principle Devotional Reading Plan
- The Serenity Prayer Devotional Reading Plan
2. Go through the Twelve Steps of Life Recovery.
One of the reasons why The Life Recovery Bible was created was to integrate the Twelve Steps with Scripture. So if someone is in recovery and wants to work through the Twelve Steps, it’s an excellent tool for them to use. It lists the steps, thoroughly explains each step, gives Scripture to go with it, and has the Twelve Steps integrated throughout.
3. Incorporate it in a Life Recovery Group meeting.
One of the best ways to use The Life Recovery Bible is in a Life Recovery Group. To start a Life Recovery Group online or in person, click here. In The Life Recovery Bible, there are some helpful articles for Life Recovery Group leaders, such as:
- A Word About Addictions
- An Early History of Life Recovery
- Step-by-Step Recovery Meeting Guide
- Thriving in a Secular Recovery Group
- Life Giving Recovery Groups in the Church
4. Learn from the lives of men and women in the Bible who faced serious issues.
The Life Recovery Bible includes sixty individuals and relationships that are profiled so essential truths can be drawn from their lives. Each recovery profile includes a Bible character’s strengths, weaknesses, lessons they learned, and a key verse.
5. Journal while going through The Life Recovery Bible.
It would be helpful to write down in a journal any prayer requests, answers to prayer, Bible verses, or things that come to mind while reading the Bible. Don’t have a journal? Use The Life Recovery Journal. This is a great journal to use while reading The Life Recovery Bible because it provides 52 guided entries based on The Life Recovery Bible and The Twelve Steps of Life Recovery.
6. Memorize Scripture.
While going through the Twelve Steps and reading through The Life Recovery Bible, memorizing each verse listed in the Twelve Steps of Life Recovery may also be helpful. Then after the verse is memorized, practice sharing the verse aloud to a Life Recovery Group.
7. Use it a Bible study.
Not everyone is willing or able to go to church. So, in many ways, this Bible is one of the best Bibles for someone who wants to study God’s Word but doesn’t know where to start. Prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, and tens of thousands of other places worldwide have used it in their Bible studies. The Life Recovery Workbook complements The Life Recovery Bible because it has guided, open-ended questions for each of the Twelve Steps; it can also be used as a Bible study.
8. Share the message of recovery with others.
Let friends, family, and fellow strugglers know how The Life Recovery Bible has transformed your life. Get the message out as Life Recovery Step 12 states: “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”