Twelve Step Recovery

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Trade Edition  The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early years of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the “Pioneers of A.A.” section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.’s historic roots, and shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today.

Recovery – The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living) “Twelve Step recovery is much more than a way to escape the clutches of addictive behaviors. Twelve Step recovery is about freeing yourself from playing God, and since almost everyone is addicted to this game, Twelve Step recovery is something from which everyone can benefit.” —from the Introduction. In this hope-filled approach to spiritual and personal growth, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are uniquely interpreted to speak to everyone seeking a freer and more God-centered life. Rami Shapiro describes his personal experience working the Twelve Steps and shares anecdotes from many people working the Steps in a variety of settings. Drawing on the insights and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Islam, he offers supplementary practices from different religious traditions to help you move more deeply into the universal spirituality of the Twelve Step system.

A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery  “The twelve steps tap into the essential human process of change and will be regarded as one of the intellectual and spiritual landmarks in human history”. –Patrick Carnes
It was out of his reverence and respect for the wisdom and therapeutic value of the Twelve Steps that Carnes wrote A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps, now a recovery classic and self-help staple for anyone looking for guidance for life’s hardest challenges. With updated and expanded concepts and a focus on the spiritual principles that lead to lifelong growth and fulfillment, Carnes’ new edition invites a fresh generation of readers to the healing and rewarding experience of Twelve Step recovery.

Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects – Steps Six and Seven by P., Bill, W., Todd, S., Sara 2nd Edition  Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. This cast of character defects will undermine the best-laid plans for recovery from addiction. It’s not uncommon for individuals in recovery to hang on to negative, self-defeating behaviors after they’ve given up their addiction. These are the “rocks” that can sink recovery – or, at the least, block further progress. With more than 100,000 copies sold, Drop the Rock is the definitive guide to removing character defects that can prevent gratifying, long-standing recovery. Based on the Twelve Step program, particularly the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories, a reference section, and information about starting a Drop the Rock study group.

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning  Who are we? Why do we so often fall short of our goals for ourselves and others? By seeking to understand our limitations and accept the inevitably of failure and pain, we being to ease the hurt and move toward a  greater sense of serenity and self-awareness.  The Spirituality Of Imperfection brings together stories from many spiritual and  philosophical paths, weaving past traditions into a  spirituality and a new way of thinking and living that  works today. It speaks so anyone who yearns to find  meaning within suffering. Beyond theory and  technique, inside this remarkable book you will find a  new way of thinking, a way of living that enables a truly human existence.

AUDIOS, OTHER WEBSITES AND RETREATS

Prime Time Is Now  A very interesting website. “We discuss here strictly the disease as it manifests in each of our own personal lives. The way our behavior is this day. The way we react or look at people, places and things. We talk only about looking inwardly, describing how self behaves in the day that we are in.” Their byline is “Alcoholism, Ego & Self”, and they go after that mission with a broad range of teachings. They include great AA talks, audios of their retreats, as well as books and audio meditations by Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, Brother Lawrence, Emmet Fox, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj… All materials are free to download.