The Book of Waking Up

experiencing the divine love that reorders a life

We all have our habits to "help" when life gets hard. Yet there's only one force that can offer us true healing from life's pain. Join award-winning writer Seth Haines in The Book of Waking Up for a guided experience into the Divine Love of God that transforms a life.

The inevitable pain of life gives us many reasons to check out — and many ways to do it. Alcohol, entertainment, pills, shopping, porn, chasing success, cashing checks, and collecting social media "likes" — these and so many other things anesthetize us from the wounds of everyday living. As Seth Haines wrote in his award-winning book, Coming Clean, "We're all drunk on something."

In his compelling follow-up, The Book of Waking Up, Seth invites you into the story of healing. He invites you to see your coping mechanisms for what they are — lesser lovers, which cannot bring the peace, freedom, and wholeness you crave. Through guided reflections, sustainable soul practices, and stories from Seth's life and others, The Book of Waking Up invites you to wake to your coping mechanisms, find the why behind your pain, and walk into the Divine Love of God.

As Seth writes, "Addiction is misplaced adoration." Now, join him on a journey toward the only Love worth adoring, the only Love that cures a soul. Join him on the journey to waking up.


Order one or more copies of The Book of Waking Up by Seth Haines (any format) and, with proof of purchase, you are eligible to request the three-part video series that gave rise to the book and an exclusive extended sampler:

  1. Wake Up video 1 (44 minutes)
  2. Wake Up video 2 (49 minutes)
  3. Wake Up video 3 (41 minutes)
  4. The first 64 pages of Seth's book so you can start reading it now

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The Book of Waking Up


Shauna Niequist

God has, in his goodness, sent a few voices my way, voices saturated with honesty, tinged with pain, singing in low tones that keep me in good company along the way, and Seth’s voice in these pages has been one of the most trustworthy.

SHAUNA NIEQUIST, New York Times bestselling author

Rebekah Lyons

Seth has lived these words, fought for them, wrestled lies to the ground, and found love on the other side. May we slow down, pay attention, and wake up to the freedom we’ve been craving all along.

REBEKAH LYONS, bestselling author, Rhythms of Renewal and You Are Free

Annie F. Downs

Sobriety is complicated. No one has it all figured out, but no one writes toward it and speaks toward it and leads me toward it like Seth Haines. His writing is a map and a comfort. A lamp and a warm hearth. I trust his words in my joy and in my pain.

ANNIE F. DOWNS, bestselling author, 100 Days to Brave and Remember God

The Book of Waking Up truly is for all of us. In these pages you will not find the dreaded alarm clock, no. This is a glorious song of joy, of honesty, and of wonder-working power. These lyrical, honest, humble words will open eyes, unclench fists, and cause souls to rise up in love.

SARAH BESSEY, author, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things and Jesus Feminist

Seth cheerfully challenges the lies all addicts tell themselves to get them through the night, because he knows, by experience, that the truth will set you free. Whether or not you think you’re an addict, read this book and learn.

BISHOP GREG BREWER, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

Combining prose with poetry, theology with biography, and rapture born of rupture, Seth paves the way for those of us who, having grown tired of our wandering and wavering affections, are trying to figure out how to get back home. I can’t recommend this book to you highly enough.

SCOTT SAULS, senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus Outside the Lines and Irresistible Faith

Years ago, Gerald May’s theologically rich and psychologically trustworthy Addiction and Grace became my go-to resource. Today it’s The Book of Waking Up. I’m so grateful to Seth for his wisdom and vulnerability in it.

CHUCK DEGROAT, professor of pastoral care and Christian spirituality, Western Theological Seminary

Seth Haines does two things in this book: he awakens us to our addictions and reveals himself as a thoughtful, incisive, and skilled writer. This book invites us to dive deep into the condition of our hearts, and offers guidance, hope, and direction for a better way.

MIKE COSPER, author, Recapturing the Wonder and Rhythms of Grace; founder, Harbor Media

This book encourages us not merely to wake up from addiction but also to wake up to adoration of the God who loves us and promises to be faithful to us forever. It is most effective when read slowly, reflecting on the challenges offered and allowing God to transform us.

GLENN R. KREIDER, professor of theological studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; editor-in-chief, Bibliotheca Sacra


Seth Haines

Seth Haines has experienced the grace that comes from a God who lives in mystery, who works through both joy and pain.

Seth’s first book Coming Clean: A Story of Faith received a Christianity Today Award of Merit in the publication’s 2016 book awards. Seth’s poetry and prose has been featured in various publications, including In Touch Magazine, Fathom Magazine, Tweetspeak Poetry, and at

He makes his home in the Ozarks with his wife, Amber Haines, and their four sons.


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