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Salisbury, North Carolina – February 23, 2024. Scientific studies show that faith is a positive factor in addiction prevention or recovery.* Positive personal testimonies of the “faith factor” in recovery can be powerful in the lives of listeners.*
Shirley Luckadoo, EdD, MDiv, author of a new release True Stories of People in Recovery: Finding Healing from Hurts, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors (Redemption Press) says, “I have seen lives transformed through the power of testimonies.”
Luckadoo has been ministry leader of Trading Ford Baptist Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry in Salisbury, NC, for almost seventeen years. The book is a compilation of testimonies of thirteen of the many people who have attended the Celebrate Recovery ministry and have experienced recovery through Jesus Christ from their addictions and compulsive behaviors. She says she wants others “to be encouraged and inspired to follow in the footsteps of those who have shared their testimonies.”
Luckadoo, a former community college vice president, includes her own story of recovery. She will be using potential profits from the book to fund Kings Haven Ministries, Inc., with the goal of opening a transition house for men coming out of treatment centers and a facility for women with children coming out of treatment.
*“Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse,” Brian J. Grim and Melissa E. Grim, Journal of Religious Health, Oct. 2019, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shirley Luckadoo, EdD, MDiv, retired from a community college vice presidency to serve as the ministry director of Celebrate Recovery at Trading Ford Baptist Church for the past seventeen years. The cofounder and board chair of Capstone Recovery Center, she is also the executive director of Hope House of Rowan, a transitional home for women. She has recently launched King’s Haven Ministries, Inc., to provide transitional homes for recovering substance abusers. A former pastor, teacher, and speaker, her passion is helping people find new, meaningful lives after years of hurt, addiction, or compulsive behaviors. Shirley enjoys spending time with her three sons, their wives, and her grandchildren and great-grandchild.
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