It’s Simple, but Don’t Let Anybody Tell You It’s Easy

For families living with addiction, it’s all too easy to fill our thoughts with “what-ifs” and “if-I-had-onlys.” Rohr’s message that we remain beloved of God, and that our loved ones who struggle with addiction are not morally deficient, but sick is something to cling to when everything around us seems to be falling to pieces.

Rohr’s introduction opens with a quote from Jose Ortega y Gasset: “These are the only genuine ideas, the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce.” For families tangling with the pain and devastation of alcohol and chemical addictions, that feeling of being shipwrecked is familiar. Desperation might motivate us to paddle a little harder, try a different solution, change something. And just in case we have a sinking spell, it’s good to know about Breathing Under Water.

Review by Karyn Zweifel

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