Recovery - the Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practiceby 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
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.
"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
Meet the Author
Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions and a noted theologian, is a popular speaker on the topics of religion, theology and spirituality. He is author of the award-winning The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice; Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained; among other books.
Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics:
- Writing—The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice
- Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice
- Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job
- The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life
- Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice
- Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World
Joan Borysenko, PhD, a respected scientist and therapist, is president of Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc. She is an internationally known speaker and consultant in health and spirituality, integrative medicine and the mind/body connection. She is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and The Power of the Mind to Heal.
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As an addict in and out of the rooms for years and in grateful recovery for four years, I recommend this book to any 12-stepper. Insightful, thought-provoking and powerful. I found Shapiro's analysis of each step to be some of the most hard-hitting, yet grace filled, writing in my experience. No doubt in my mind that I will turn to this book over and over and will learn and experience something new each time.