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Thoughts on Easter and Holy Week, from the Jericho Staff and Authors
As we did on Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, we took a moment to ask the Jericho staff and authors what Easter means to them this Holy week. Comment below and let us know what Easter means to you.
Heather Kopp, author of Sober Mercies:
I love Easter Sunday as much as the next Christian. But in recent years, I resonate more with the spiritual themes of Good Friday.
I don’t mean to sound flip, but since God is all-powerful, the idea that He could raise Jesus from the dead is not all that surprising.
But the idea that God Incarnate would make himself vulnerable to his own creation—to the point of death on a cross—astonishes me.
As a recovering drunk, I’m keenly aware that I am powerless over alcohol. The idea that God once made himself as powerless as I am—so that one day I could rely on his awesome power instead of my own—seems almost too good to be true.
Yet here I am sober, living proof that it’s so.
“God allows himself to be edged out of the world and onto the cross. God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Phil Madeira, author of God on the Rocks:
Easter is the one Sunday in the year that calls me to rise early. Mind you, I’d rather sleep in. But if I’m vigilant enough to rise, and hightail it to a favorite park before the sun gets there, I can be reminded of the Light that has been visited upon my darkness, from which I raise my mug of coffee and shout “Christ is risen!”
A Jericho Books press release.
“In the past, if you were to ask me, ‘What went so terribly wrong in your walk with God that you ended up a miserable Christian drunk?’ I might have come up with a long and very convincing list. But today, an equally true answer would be, ‘Nothing.’” –Heather Kopp, Sober Mercies
“CHRISTIAN DRUNK” REVEALS ADDICTION AND FAITH NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE IN NEW MEMOIR
Christians might be the most miserable of all addicts, reveals author Heather Kopp in Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group, May 2013). “Since we tend to think of addiction strictly as a moral failing,” Kopp explains, “most of us try and fail for years to pull ourselves up by our spiritual boot-straps. We pray harder, repent more fervently, and fight temptation until we’re blue in the face. When our best efforts continue to fail us, we feel ever more guilty and ashamed. Don’t we love God enough to quit? Doesn’t God love us enough to deliver us?”
In the new book Sober Mercies, Kopp recounts her battle with alcoholism and a performance-fueled faith against a backdrop of secrecy, shame, and lies. As a Christian editor by day, Kopp helped well-known pastors and authors hone theology and polish salvation messages. By night, she drank herself to the point of passing out.
For more than a decade, Kopp’s nightmare continued, even as her marriage hit the rocks and her son embarked on his own dark descent into alcoholism and drug abuse. Still convinced by her legalistic past that addiction was a strictly moral issue, Kopp was too ashamed to reach for outside help.