"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
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.