Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol, by Erin Jean Warde

Baker Publishing Group
Posted Jan 27, 2023

When author and Episcopal priest Erin Jean Warde quit drinking, she heard from many others in a similar situation seeking support. In Sober Spirituality, she combines personal storytelling with theological reflection to offer encouragement, wisdom, and practical insight for readers who want to reexamine their relationship with alcohol.

Warde explores the way our culture promotes alcohol consumption and shows how we can choose to change our perception of alcohol in our spiritual communities. She names not only the challenges of sobriety and spirituality but also the tremendous gifts and blessings that come through quitting drinking or being more mindful about alcohol use.

Readers will emerge with a deeper understanding of how their faith informs daily habits and choices. Sober Spirituality also calls the church to a better understanding of how it can ally with recovery communities. Ultimately, this book declares we are all worthy of an abundant and joyful life in mind, body, and soul.

“Sobriety is absolutely a pathway of spiritual awakening. I’m so grateful to Erin Jean Warde for this necessary and hopeful book on the joy that can be found in a sober spirituality. You are in good hands here. As she shows us, a mindful relationship with alcohol is a beautiful part of how we evolve into the freedom of being fully awake and alive. What a healing gift to the church!”—Sarah Bessey, editor of the New York Times bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer and author of Jesus Feminist

About the author:

Erin Jean Warde (MDiv, Seminary of the Southwest) is an ordained Episcopal priest, spiritual director, recovery coach, and speaker who lives in Austin, Texas. She offers a course (Discerning Sobriety), Substack community, and podcast. She is also a founding editor and editor at large of Earth & Altar and has written for Mockingbird, the Christian Century, and Grow Christians.


Sober Spirituality: The Joy of a Mindful Relationship with Alcohol by Erin Jean Warde

Brazos Press ISBN: 9781587435676 192 pages        $18.99p           In Stores April 2023