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Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering

Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering

by Peg O'Connor
Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering

Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering

by Peg O'Connor

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Overview

An expansive alternative for those who have struggled with the "higher power" of AA's 12-step program, Higher and Friendly Powers offers a sense of human decency, moral ideals, and even a better version of oneself. In Higher and Friendly Powers, Peg O'Connor addresses an audience much like herself: those in recovery who have struggled with the Christian-centric God at the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous. She brings our attention to a little-known fact: the term "higher power," a touchstone in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, was coined by William James, philosopher, psychologist, and intellectual giant of the early 20th century. By acting as our personal field guide through the world of William James, Peg shows that "higher power" as James conceived it is far more expansive than we might imagine. The book, which combines Peg's deep personal wisdom with James's adventurous intellect, has the power to transform the way we live.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736075067
Publisher: Wildhouse Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/15/2022
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 336,287
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peg O'Connor, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, specializing in moral philosophy, feminist philosophy, and addiction studies. Author of Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery (Central Recovery Press, 2016), she is a recovering alcoholic who maintains that philosophy has helped her to stay sober. Peg is regularly published in trade journals and writes a column, "Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken," for Psychology Today, which has nearly two million total views online, with select columns appearing in the print publication.

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