Published Resources

Here are some of the best resources that TAC recommends to you. This is not an online bookstore but a collection of our favorite resources that we have utilized and recommend as we care for souls in a biblical way.



Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart by Shaw

Dr. Shaw discusses Mark 4 and Luke 4 in light of the Genesis temptations that Adam and Eve faced. He explains how Jesus was tempted in the same three basic ways in which we are tempted:

To do what we want (Lust of the Flesh)

To have what we want (Lust of the Eyes)

To be who we want (Pride of Life)

See our featured resource blog for more information on this helpful booklet, or watch a video teaching of Dr. Mark Shaw at IBCD’s website here.


The Heart of Addiction by Mark E. Shaw -- book, workbook, and Leader's Guide are available
Some have said that this book is about more than just addiction. It's about the Christian walk with Christ.
The Heart of Addiction contains 26 chapters of bible-saturated teaching that is structured along
the format of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Disciplined Training in Righteousness. 

Some churches are utilizing each chapter in weekly teachings, assigning a chapter per week. 
Others are using it in bite sized sessions in the context of one-on-one disciple-making, 
which is Mark's strong recommendation. The Heart of Addiction is being increasingly used by 
chaplains, pastors, volunteer lay persons, and even inmates who are called to lead and disciple
other prisoners while serving their time in prison. The fact that "the hope of the 
Gospel for the heart of addiction" is being preached behind prison walls, where God is transforming
one life at a time, is a reason for great rejoicing. 
Regardless of how you decide to utilize this book to help others, we hope that you will find 
that all of us, every single person on earth, struggles with sins that can dominate our thinking,
and therefore our actions, so everyone can benefit from reading and "doing" this book. Implementing
it with another brother or sister in Christ is the ideal way. 

Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Shaw
Relapse is a workbook style assignment text that
can be given to anyone who has struggled with returning
to addictive sin choices. For various reasons, some 
biblical counselors have decided to start out the discipleship
of addicts with this workbook instead of the Heart of Addiction
text and workbook. First, it's much shorter and more 
concise. Secondly, it specifically teaches some of the 
mentalities that often lure, or draw, a person back into sin
that he or she has already repented of in the past. People find it 
to be a very helpful place to start.

Addiction-Proof Parenting: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Shaw

“Where are you as a parent?” Are you fostering these mentalities in your children today? … these mindsets feed the selfish nature and idolatrous desires for pleasure in your child. In reality, these mentalities lead to hopelessness and a life devoid of Christ.  The good news is that all of these detrimental mentalities can be replaced with … fruit-producing mentalities…”

Addiction Proof Parenting, endorsed by Dr. Ted Tripp (author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart) and many others, is a powerfully practical and scripture-saturated book that will help parents direct their child’s focus from self to Christ. No one can predict if a child will grow up to be an “Addict” of some kind. No one has discovered an “addiction gene” and there is no compelling evidence linking addiction to a brain disease or disorder. A child becomes addicted by personal choices and is 100% responsible for the choices to abuse an addictive substance. However, parenting skills (or lack thereof) have a direct impact upon your children.
Find out how Addiction-Proof Parenting hinges upon changing your child’s thinking to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered.




Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts by Shaw 

Lots of positive reviews on this short book from the families of those struggling 
with an addiction. You can read one such review here by Pastor Dave.
Dr. Shaw has blogged about this resource extensively in a 2 part post on the BCC website here, 
and discusses the sample intervention letter.

Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts by Shaw

CrossTalking is a 45-day devotional that is often being gifted to participants in

residential programs around the country. Some program directors opt to delay

providing this resource until faithfulness in the program has been demonstrated, while

others simply provide “program copies” in every room. Very bite-size daily snippets of

Mark’s teachings are found in these pages and stories are sprinkled in as well. At 45 days,

readers can repeat it twice in the typical 90-day program format. We’ve received feedback

that the daily reinforcement and encouragement in this little devotional can be life-changing,

and for that we rejoice and give God all the glory. It is His Holy Spirit’s power and the truth

of the Word of God that truly transforms lives.


All the Hope and Help Series booklets have bulk discounts available from Focus Publishing

Hope and Help for Gambling by ShawHope and Help for Self-Injurers and “Cutters” by ShawHope and Help for Sexual Tempation by Shaw

Hope and Help for TV, Video Game, and Internet “Addiction” by Shaw

Finally Free by Heath Lambert
Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols by Brad Bigney

Pursuit of Perfection: A Biblical Perspective by Mark Shaw and Bill Hines



How NOT to Raise an Addict by Shaw

Don’t let the title mislead you; Dr. Shaw is not giving you a formula for parenting. This booklet is excerpted from the larger work Addiction Proof Parenting and outlines the 5 mentalities that parents (unknowingly sometimes) instill in their children. Mark extensively writes about why he wrote this booklet on the BCC website here. In that post he explains,

“Obviously, parents are not in control of their children’s hearts or their children’s decisions to follow Christ, but they can learn parenting skills that instill a humble, Christ-like mindset rather than an addicted one.” -Dr. Mark Shaw, BCC blog 9/15/2017


A Biblical Guide to Counseling the Sexual Addict by Steve Gallagher

A Biblical Understanding of Self-Injury by Julie Ganschow

A Call to Discipleship by Susan Heck
At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry by Steve Gallagher

Curing the Heart: A Model for Biblical Counselors by Hines and Eyrich

Eating Disorders: Hope for Hungering Souls by Shaw, Rachel Bailey, and Bethany Spence

From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott

Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Just Like Jesus: Biblical Strategies for Growing Well by Phil Moser

Killing Sin Habits by Stuart Scott

Leaving Yesterday Behind by Bill Hines

Living Beyond the Heart of Betrayal: Biblically Addressing the Pain of Sexual Sin by Julie Ganschow

New Wine by Mike Cleveland

Purity Challenge by Mike Cleveland

Redeemed From the Pit: Biblical Repentance And Restoration From The Bondage of Eating Disorders by Marie Notcheva

The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire by John Piper

The Process of Biblical Change by Julie Ganschow

The Useful Lie by William Playfair

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World by CJ Mahaney, John Piper, Dave Harvey, Bob Kauflin, Jeff Purswell, and Craig Cabaniss

Changed into His Image by Jim Berg

Welcome to Freedom That Lasts by Jim Berg

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward Welch – book

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grace by Ed Welch audio teaching from IBCD

Just One More by Ed Welch



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