"Deeply personal, richly informed.... A beautiful example of reaching for Judaism's highest values through one's own challenges and changes. There are great riches here."
Beth Fishman, PhD, director, Jewish Center for Addiction, Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago
"This is it: 12-Step Jewish spiritualityapplied. A profound reflection on the life of a Jewish alcoholica rabbiwho found his way back through Judaism."
Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, coauthor, Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery; executive director, Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute
"Many Jews wonder if Judaism and the 12 Steps are compatible, and whether Judaism can speak to our disease at all. [This book] puts an end to our wondering.... [It] belongs in the hands of every Jew in recovery, starting with you."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, RecoveryThe Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice
“Teaches us that recovery will reclaim your life when addiction has destroyed your living. Courageously, honestly and painfully, Paul Steinberg knowingly walks us through the unknown forest of ourselves and the Jewish tradition.... Humbled, I walk with him.”
Reb Mimi Feigelson, lecturer in Rabbinics and Chassidic Thought, American Jewish University
“Rabbi Paul Steinberg is a trustworthy companion. He offers deep spiritual wisdom and hard-earned authenticity that guides the reader toward reclaiming the fullness of life along the 12-Step path.”
Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz, author, Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World
“Paul Steinberg shares ... that soul-saving lifeline that occurs when the 12-Step program connects seamlessly with our own inherent beliefs and spiritual foundation. This book will aid many in accessing the healing power of the recovery program.”
Harry L. Haroutunian, MD, physician director, Betty Ford Center
“I can't recall a book that has opened my eyes, touched my heart or awakened my soul more than Paul Steinberg’s Recovery, the 12 Steps and Jewish Spirituality. If you measure this treasure in terms of insight, honesty, courage and compassion, it matches the greatest works of the human soul. I will be sharing this book widely, and returning to it again and again.”
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL, vice president, American Jewish University; author, Passing Life’s Tests: Spiritual Reflections on the Trial of Abraham, the Binding of Isaac
“Rabbi Steinberg has written the go-to resource for Jews in recovery, and also for those who wish to support them. His honesty about his own addiction and recovery, combined with his insights into Jewish spiritual teachings, make this a very powerful bookcomforting and inspiring as well as informative and accessible. The wisdom of Jewish tradition and of the 12 Steps are brought together here in ways that deepen our understanding of both.”
Louis E. Newman, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Carleton College; author, Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah
“It takes a courageous soul to stand naked and bare one’s soul in the public square. Rabbi Steinberg has done just that in Recovery, the 12 Steps and Jewish Spirituality. His remarkable candor ... will surely enlighten and empower others who ... struggle with addiction, perfectionism, Judaism and spirituality.... [He] has taken the complex challenges of understanding addiction, recovery, God, honesty, AA, mitzvot, spirituality, love, Judaism, trust, Torah and humanity and woven them into a seamless tapestry. I am grateful to Rabbi Steinberg for sharing himself through the book, and for the many new insights I gleaned from its pages.”
Janice Kamenir-Reznik, cofounder and president, Jewish World Watch