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To Slake a Thirst: The Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety [Paperback]

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Pages   183
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 6, 2000
Publisher   Alba House
ISBN  0818908432  
EAN  9780818908439  

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It is said that Matt Talbot was an alcoholic by the time he reached his teens. He lived to drink, but all that changed one day when he was 28. He was broke; his weekly paycheck had already been passsed to the barman. Matt stood outside the pub for several hours, waiting for one of his friends to invite him in. No one did. He went home and told his mother, "I'm taking the plege," to which whe replied, "Don't take it if you can't keep it." With no A.A., no sponsor, no weekly meetings to attend and no "Big Book," he had to rely on God alone. He found a way to sobriety which not only enabled him to give up drinking from that time on, it led him to adopt a way of life shuch that, at his death in 1925, word of his holiness spread throughout Ireland and his cause for canonization was begun almost immediately. He was declared venerable by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and he is on a long list of those who, in all likelihood, will be canonized early in the new millennium. This is the story of his life and the Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety. Although this Way--very similar to St. Therese of Lisieux's "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood"--is primarily for active alcoholics, it will inspire all who are seeking a life of authentic holiness in the world. Alcoholics recovering through A.A. may find that Matt Talbot's unique, Christ-centered Way satisfies a need for which they had only a vague, uneasy awareness. Written by a man who has experienced an extraordinary transformation in his own life by following the method outlined in this work, it is hoped that To Slake A Thirst will provide the answer to those for whom other programs have not worked or who have been looking for a Way that addressed more specifically their own most deeply felt spiritual needs.

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The story of the life and The Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety will inspire all who are seeking a life of authentic holiness.

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A Spiritual Alternative to an Age-Old Problem  Feb 13, 2007
Alcoholism is more than likely one of the oldest of addictions, reported by the Greek historian, Heraclitus, "Drunks beget drunks" to the many citations in the old and new testaments' of the Bible. Since wine was created, the Dionysian plunge into the pleasures of the gods have been appreciated throughout the ages, however, the pleasures for some, turn insidiously into an agonizing suffering leading, in most cases to a slow and painful death. Why do certain individuals become alcoholics while other people can take it or leave it? This book is not about the aetiology (causes) of alcoholism, but a spiritual handbook for the alcoholic towards a life of sobriety.

What does an alcoholic do when he/she has admitted their addicted, their lives a shambles, go to A.A. meetings only to discover after countless attempts, that A.A., for one reason or another, doesn't work for them? Is it the fact that they really don't want to stop drinking? Or could it be something else, something that does not quite fit in their views, perspectives and general sensibilities? The author of this text, Philip Maynard, was one such individual. Realizing he was alcoholic, he did the prescribed formula that A.A. insists all new members do, that is, attend 90 meetings in 90 days, thereby reminded that you are powerless over alcohol, and will only remain sober by acknowledging that only a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity, do the 12 Step program, and take (it) one day at a time. A.A. has saved the lives of millions of alcoholics, it is an organization that some believe, is a God send, however, A.A's own statistics show that the vast majority of alcoholics that walk through their doors, go back to drinking.

Philip Maynard found that something was missing in the programme for him personally and needed something else to restore his sanity and put him on the road to sobriety.

Maynard found his solution in the life of the Irishman, Matt Talbot.

Talk to any Irishman old or young and they will recognize the name of Matt Talbot as he has become an icon of the power of faith over the addictions of the body.

Talbot's story is remarkable in his search, dedication, persistence and love for God. Similar to many alcoholics' he was a man of extremes, and through the habit of prayer, relentless study of Christ, scripture and the lives of saints, practiced the life that he believed Christ wanted him to lead: humility, charity, hard work, kindness and constant prayer. Old Talbot did take his practice to extremes, practicing mortification, frowned upon by the church, but the point is that he sought a relationship with Jesus, Mother Mary and the Father...everyday. Talbot was indeed a hopeless alcoholic, though came to beat it through asking, nurturing and serving and living with and for Jesus Christ. "Though I love my drink more than life, my Lord, I offer it to you, for the love you have for us, so great, it's the least I can do for you."

To have choices is to have freedom and alternatives to prescribed methods that do succeed, but only for some; a Christian way to beat an age old addiction may not be for everyone, but could well be for some.

A Catholic book that's afraid to be Catholic!  Sep 13, 2001
When I first heard about Matt Talbot I was fascinated. This was a saint I could relate to! An ordinary working-class man who struggled with alcohol and substituted a saintly life for drinking! But when I started to read this book, I grew disapointed. Matt Talbot was Catholic, and the author of this book is Catholic, but the author goes out of his way to "strip down" everything and make the book appealling to non-Catholic Christians (minimize discussion of Mary, etc). In doing this, the author strips away what made Matt Talbot's life fascinating; his devotion to his CATHOLIC (not non-denominational Christian) faith. What a let-down.
What I have been looking for!  Mar 10, 2001
After almost 3 years in A.A., I was happy to see this book come out because I could not deal with A.A.'s concept of "God as we understand him" anymore. I would never sponsor anybody in A.A. because I had no intentions of telling them to "choose a god of your understanding". To me this is nothing more than suggesting that somebody create God in their own image and encouraging them to partake in idolatry. This book gave me what I needed to leave A.A. with confidence.

Maynard developed a system based on what is known about how Matt Talbot (d 1925) arrested his alcoholism well before A.A. was around. It involves offering your affections to alcohol to Christ as an act of love. It is one thing to say you love Christ but another to actually demonstrate that love which is what this method is about. It is a sacrifice of self based on a love of Christ. To have a love of Christ that will grow "without measure" is an integral part of this program. There are explicit steps to esure that our love of Christ is constantly intensified.

I am a Traditional Catholic who is very anoyed by most Catholic writting since Vatican II (1965) because of it's eccumenical orientation. Although eccumenical, I was able to easily overlook the eccumenical language of this book and extract the substance of what I needed to get away from A.A.

This is the only book I know of which could be used by somebody who does not want to make compromises with their Catholic faith.

Spirits and the Spirit  Oct 3, 2000
You won't get any dreary "Here's how I finally hit bottom" tales from this book by an alcoholic who stopped drinking more than 15 years ago. Instead, Philip Maynard lets us look into the mind of the alcoholic. According to Maynard, drinking provided a release from daily stress and the feeling of being lifted "above the world" to a realm of unsurpassed pleasure and self-knowledge. The drinker is, in effect, "fooled into believing he has hit on the key to an easy transcendence over the world."

After drinking heavily for most of his adult life and repeatedly trying to quit, chiefly with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Maynard was able to stop for good when he realized that the thirst he was trying to satisfy was actually a spritual one. His life changed when he acknowledged that the "transcendent" feeling he got from liquor was a crude and destructive substitute for the love of God. Maynard came to that realization when he learned about the life of Matt Talbot, a Dublin dockworker, a confirmed alcoholic by his 20's, who gave up drinking at 28 and whose spirity so soared in the process that he is now a candidate for sainthood. The Matt Talbot way to sobriety, as laid out by Maynard in this book, is a set of spiritual exercises intended to keep the drinker focussed on God, through Jesus, instead of on the alcoholic high. Maynard claims the Matt Talbot Way can be followed by any Christian; it seems to this writer that it holds promise for anyone who can recognize a spiritual dimension in him or herself.


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