Mark Shaw’s Books

Mark E. Shaw, D.Min., Founder of Truth In Love Ministries, has published several books and booklets on a variety of topics (including addiction). All these resources are available at

Focus Publishing.

Call 1-800-91-FOCUS to get the best discount for bulk / large quantity orders.

You can also visit his Amazon Author Page!

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How Not to Raise an Addict

 Also available at Amazon!

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Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart 

Hope and Help for Sexual Temptation

Sexual temptations are everywhere, but the real enemy is within us. Our hearts betray us in those moments when we give in to the temptation to please ourselves despite the consequences. For the single or married Christian who wants to be sexually pure, this booklet explains why sexual temptation is so strong, and how we can conquer it through the Holy Spirit.

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The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective

Watch a YouTube Video about The Heart of Addiction here!

Is “addiction” a disease, a demon or a decision? Find answers of hope and practical help as you read and study what God has to say in the Bible about this life-dominating and life-devastating sin-nature problem.

The Leader’s Guide to The Heart of Addiction with detailed lesson plans to facilitate group discussion, planned activities for the class, and answer key from The Heart of Addiction Workbook. Sunday schools or other small groups studies of The Heart of Addiction have been forming all over the country and this new publication will assist the Leader in planning and facilitating these groups. Ask for bulk quantity discounts by calling FOCUS at 1-800-913-6287.

The Heart of Addiction Workbook

The Heart of Addiction book and Workbook make the distinction between what the world terms a “disease” and what Scripture demonstrates is a life-dominating sin nature problem. You will find biblical tools to help you examine your heart’s motives at the root of the addiction. This Scripture-saturated “addictions” curriculum is being utilized in personal disciple-making relationships and biblical counseling, as well as in group settings at church “addictions” outreach ministries and Christian residential centers.

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Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies is available on Amazon, too!

This workbook style book adds another vital dimension to the set of Dr. Shaw’s biblical addiction program curriculum.  Some quotes from the workbook, Relapse:

“A biblical proverb aptly describes relapse in this manner: ‘The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.’ (2 Peter 2:22b). After experiencing the freedom of a sober lifestyle, a person who relapses is choosing to return to the voluntary slavery of addiction.” p.2

“..in a relapse, the choice a person makes to satisfy a temporal pleasure reveals a momentary loss of eternal perspective. All relapses involve a decision to live for the moment without regard for the far-reaching consequences and damage in this life and in the life to come.”

“One final note: a relapse does NOT have to mean utter defeat. Getting knocked down in a boxing match is not defeat. We are defeated when we do not try to get up and get back in the fight… Even in relapse the Lord has a redemptive plan for you, meaning that He wants to bring good from the bad choice(s) you made. He wants to do that for you now.” p.5

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Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts will bring encouragement and hope to family members, spouses, or loved ones of an addict. It will challenge your thinking about the addiction and enable you to best help your addicted loved one in a biblical manner.

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Watch a Youtube video about Addiction-Proof Parenting!

Addiction Proof Parenting is Endorsed by Dr. Ted Tripp (author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart) and many others, this powerfully practical and scripture-saturated book 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.

***On Sale at Focus Publishing right now! ***

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CrossTalking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts

A 45-Day devotional book designed to transform your thoughts that lead to addiction of many types into gospel thinking that brings glory to God. We are too easily conformed to this world and these daily readings will direct you away from the temporary pleasures of self to victorious living in Christ.

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REVISED and EXPANDED EDITION

Strength in Numbers: the Team Approach to Biblical Counseling

Move members of your local church from spectator to participant in a team approach model of biblical counseling. Learn what team counseling is and how to implement this model in your church. On SALE right now at Focus Publishing!

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The Pursuit of Perfection

by Mark E. Shaw and Bill Hines

From the Publisher’s page:

“The difference between God’s laws for obedience and our self-imposed expectations must be understood in order for a person who is a “perfectionist” to experience freedom. In this booklet we will identify some areas of our lives where we might find ourselves caught in the trap of trying to reach perfection when, in reality, our efforts may not bring glory to God at all.”

This booklet is also available on Amazon here:

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The Hope and Help series of booklets:

Hope and Help for Video Game, TV & Internet “Addiction” (booklet)

For Video Game, TV & Internet Addictions

Hope and Help For Self-Injurers and “Cutters” (booklet)

For Men As Husband & Fathers For Men As Husband & Fathers (booklet)

For GamblingHope & Help For Gambling (booklet)

For Marriage

Hope and Help For Marriage (booklet)

Hope and Help Through Biblical Counseling (booklet)

To order go to www.focuspublishing.com where all of Dr. Mark Shaw’s books are available. Call 1-800-91-FOCUS and ask about Focus Publishing’s great quantity discounts.