Download and read online A History of Agnostics in AA in PDF and EPUB This book is an inspiration for those uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step recovery meetings and fellowships. A History of Agnostics in AA is a perfect blend of two essential parts for a book of this sort: personal experience and research. The book is divided into three main parts: Our History, Problems in AA and Moving Forward. The history goes back to Jim Burwell, the first atheist in AA, and to the very first agnostic AA meetings. It also taps into the discrimination against nonbelievers in the fellowship. In the second part, several problems within Alcoholics Anonymous are discussed, and one of these turns out to be “Conference-approved” literature. Finally, the last part, Moving Forward, is all about a secular movement gaining momentum within AA, promising to make AA less God-focused, more inclusive and thus more modern. The author, Roger C, is the manager of the website AA Agnostica. He was the “resident atheist” at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University for several years and was treated with genuine respect. It is hoped that over time a similar acceptance of nonbelievers in AA and other 12 Step recovery fellowships will be one of the results of A History of Agnostics in AA. Our hope is that Alcoholics Anonymous adapts and moves forward, with greater inclusivity. A History of Agnostics in AA is meant to contribute to that goal.
Download and read online A History of Agnostic Groups in AA in PDF and EPUB The first agnostic AA meeting was held in Chicago on January, 7, 1975. Since that time, agnostic groups have been organized in AA throughout North America and Europe. This book tells the tale of some of the first agnostic groups in AA, how they were founded and by whom. It also outlines the trials and tribulations of some of the more recent agnostic groups, and how they have been received, or not received, within traditional AA.
Download and read online Don t Tell in PDF and EPUB Don't Tell contains a total of 64 stories and essays mostly by agnostics and atheists in AA originally posted on the website AA Agnostica over the last three years. These were written by over thirty men and women from three countries, the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The book is a diverse and eclectic sampling of writings by women and men for whom sobriety within the fellowship of AA had nothing at all to with an interventionist God. "Don't Tell is an important book for anyone interested in the future of Alcoholics Anonymous and the future of alcoholism recovery." (From the Foreword by Ernest Kurtz, Author of Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, and William White, Author of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America.)
Download and read online Beyond Belief Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life in PDF and EPUB A 21st century look at addiction and recovery, Beyond Belief is the first daily reflection written for everyone, regardless of ones worldview. Over 500,000 daily reflection books are bought every year. There are specialty books for women, men, youth, newcomers, people who love addicts/alcoholics and substance or process specific addictions. Beyond Belief is the first in the genre that includes humanists, agnostics and atheist into the Twelve Step/Twelve Tradition dialogue. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, art, science, the wisdom of the rooms and existing Twelve Step and recovery literature ,Beyond Belief offers 365 one day musings with a 21st century slant at life in recovery. An index of over one hundred subjects, end notes and a bibliography offer readers extensive resources if they have a more in-depth appetite for a certain subject than offered by a one-page thought for the day. John McAndrew, MDiv of Sensible Spirituality Associates, Palm Springs CA says, "Thank you Joe for this wonderful place to start each day. No arguments about God, no belief systems to defend or attack--just a wealth of rich, thoughtful reflections." Ernest Kurtz, author of Experiencing Spirituality and Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, says, "The book is aimed at a general 12-Step readership, but it is mindful that there heretofore exists no such aids for unbelievers, freethinkers, and the unconventionally spiritual. Given that the latest Pew survey found that twenty percent of American people list their religion as 'None,' it is certainly time that the Recovery world took into consideration this population's needs. Beyond Belief addressees that need in a confident, non-aggressive way. I doubt that any believer will find anything objectionable in its pages. This believer, for one, finds much that is spiritually helpful.".
Download and read online Alcoholics Anonymous in PDF and EPUB The classic text that guides the AA fellowship, the Big Book describes how millions have recovered from alcoholism. Personal stories will interest those who are unsure if they are alcoholic.
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Download and read online Key Players in AA History in PDF and EPUB Today, there are over two million members of Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a life-saving fellowship. But who started it, and when? Most people know about the co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who met in 1935 and formally launched AA. But who are the other “key players” in the history of AA? Well, there’s Dr. William Silkworth, Bill’s doctor at Towns Hospital. And Marty Mann, one of the first women in AA, and the founder of the National Council on Alcoholism. And Clarence Snyder, who started the first AA meeting in Cleveland. And many more fascinating men and women. Key Players in AA History by bob k not only tells us about these people, but in the process also provides a fresh understanding of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book is well researched and a true pleasure to read. As Ernie Kurtz and Bill White put it in the Foreword: “The profiles crafted by bob k are drawn from multiple sources and presented in an engaging manner accessible to all those interested in the history of AA. So let the stories begin.”
Download and read online The Little Book in PDF and EPUB "A celebration of the varieties of recovery experience." From the foreword by William L. White, author, "Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America." "There are many versions of the 12-Step program of recovery. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety." Thus begins "The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps." Inside: * Twenty alternative versions of the 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. * Four interpretations of each of the Steps by well-known authors Stephanie Covington ("A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps"), Therese Jacobs-Stewart ("Mindfulness and the 12 Steps"), Allen Berger ("The Therapeutic Value of the 12 Steps") and Gabor Mate ("In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts"). * Templates so the reader can write her or his own personal alternative 12 Steps as well as record insights into - and interpretations of - each of the Steps. * An essay that accurately and insightfully traces the origins of the AA 12-Step recovery program. The Little Book is a celebration of the many ways people are today adapting and interpreting the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in order to achieve a "personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism." "A beautiful testimony to AA's living history." Ernest Kurtz, author, "Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Download and read online Do Tell in PDF and EPUB This book contains thirty stories - an equal number by women and men - by atheists and agnostics who tell us "what it was like, what happened and what it's like now" as they made their way to a life of long-term sobriety within the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Storytelling is the essence of AA. It is in sharing our "experience, strength and hope" in recovery that we are able to help others within our Fellowship. The diversity and richness of the stories contained in Do Tell! will no doubt be an inspiration and provide important support to nonbelievers within the often overly-religious fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Download and read online An Atheist s History of Belief in PDF and EPUB What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits? And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods? Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world. And as our dreams and nightmares have changed over the millennia, so have our beliefs - from shamans to Aztec priests, from Buddhists to Christians: the gods we created have evolved with us. Belief is humanity's most epic invention. It has always been our closest companion and greatest consolation. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.
Download and read online My Name is Lillian and I m an Alcoholic and an Atheist How I got and stayed sober in AA without all the God stuff in PDF and EPUB My Name is Lillian and Iâ€™m an Alcoholic (and an Atheist) is one side of a conversation about sobriety from a secular perspective. In a series of short, fun, "warts and all" essays, Lillian describes how she uses the tools of Alcoholics Anonymous to build a better life without dependence on God or a Higher Power. Anyone looking for help, but uncomfortable with AAâ€™s use of Judeo-Christian spirituality will find a refreshing take on sobriety and life.
Download and read online The 12 Step Buddhist in PDF and EPUB The face of addiction and alcoholism is a face that many have seen before -- it may be a celebrity, a colleague, or even a family member. And though the 12-step program by itself can often bring initial success, many addicts find themselves relapsing back into old ways and old patterns, or replacing one addiction with another. Author Darren Littlejohn has been there and back, and presents a complimentary guide for recovery to the traditional twelve-step program, out of his own struggles and successes through the study of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. Working with the traditional 12-Step philosophy, the author first shares his own life path, and how he came to find the spiritual solace that has greatly enhanced his life in recovery. Then, he details out how his work integrating Buddhism into the traditional twelve-step programs validates both aspects of the recovery process. While being careful not to present himself as a Tibetan lama or Zen master, the author shows how each step -- such as admitting there is a problem, seeking help, engaging in a thorough self-examination, making amends for harm done, and helping other drug addicts who want to recover -- fits into the Bodhisattva path. This integration makes Buddhism accessible for addicts, and the 12 Steps understandable for Buddhists who may otherwise be at a loss to help those in need. The 12-Step Buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12-step journey, not a replacement. While traditional twelve-step programs help addicts become sober by removing the drug of choice and providing a spiritual path, they rarely delve deep into what causes people to suffer in the first place. The integration of Buddhism with the traditional process provides the wisdom and meditations that can help addicts truly find a deep, spiritual liberation from all causes and conditions of suffering -- for good.
Download and read online Common Sense Recovery in PDF and EPUB This book does something remarkable by describing how human behavior and recovery from alcoholism, once commonly understood in religious terms in AA, are now better understood in a secular fashion. Common Sense Recovery: An Atheist's Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous presents the key elements of recovery from alcoholism - some of which are detailed in the 12 Steps - in a refreshing and non-religious manner and is helpful to atheists, agnostics and everyone else in recovery in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Download and read online The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous An Interpretation By Steve K in PDF and EPUB An essay in three parts explaining the 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous by member Steve K. Written from a mainly humanistic perspective giving a liberal interpretation of what is commonly described by its members as a "spiritual program of recovery." The first part looks at the Steps from a more or less traditional viewpoint, although at points current models of therapy are also applied to help demonstrate the practice. The second part of the essay looks at the virtues inherent within the practice of the 12 Steps and also offers explanation in terms of Aristotle's 'Virtue Theory' of moral philosophy. Part three covers various topics of interest to those in 12 Step recovery, such as, co-occurring disorders and the idea of addiction being a disease. There is also an appendix offering a scientific understanding of addiction by Professor David Nutt. This 3rd edition includes the author's recovery story as a preface to the interpretations.
Download and read online The God Delusion in PDF and EPUB The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.