Recovery - the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice

Recovery - the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice

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by Rami Shapiro
     
 

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. This special rendering makes them relevant to those suffering from specific addictions-alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, shopping-as well as the general addictions we… See more details below

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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. This special rendering makes them relevant to those suffering from specific addictions-alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, shopping-as well as the general addictions we wrestle with daily, such as anger, greed, and selfishness.

Rami Shapiro describes his personal experience working the Twelve Steps as adapted by Overeaters Anonymous 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Shapiro's book is far from the first, and will not be the last, to use the 12 steps of recovery as guides into spiritual practice. This one, however, works across faiths to fuse stories of recovery, personal experience, and examples from world religious traditions. Shapiro suggests that the 12 steps can lead to a deepened and more authentic spirituality. He movingly concludes with a reconsideration of the Book of Job, the lesson of which, he suggests is that "We don't submit, we surrender. We don't recant, we become calm. We don't despise, we wonder." Shapiro's book is a fine example of the subtle good works the 12 -step programs can do even after the worst effects of addiction are no longer apparent. VERDICT For the many in recovery, Christian and non-Christian alike.
From the Publisher

"Full of wisdom, expanding and deepening Twelve Step insight with the author's wide knowledge of world spiritual traditions.&rdquo
Thomas Bien, author, Mindful Recovery, Finding the Center Within and Mindful Therapy

"Immensely readable, charming, and profound.… Accessible and useful to everyone, not just addicts. Open this book armed with a notebook, pen and highlighter. You will return to Rami's wise words over and over again.&rdquo
Terry Taylor, author, A Spirituality for Brokenness: Discovering Your Deepest Self in Difficult Times

“An important contribution to the literature on the Twelve Steps. Creatively adapts methods from different religious traditions to make the practice of the Twelve Steps even richer.&rdquo
Martine Batchelor, author, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000923405
Publisher:
SkyLight Paths Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
the art of spiritual living series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
282,888
File size:
1 MB

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