Surrendered-The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality

Surrendered-The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality

by Rami Shapiro

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To live the surrendered life—a life no longer centered on control and hence no longer at odds with the ordinary suffering of everyday living. Rabbi Rami closely examines the first three steps of Twelve-Step recovery to help us cut through the denial, illusions, and falsehoods that bind us in our fight with addictions of all kinds. He draws upon his half-century engagement with Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Islam, as well as his own and other people’s struggles in Twelve-Step recovery, to guide us in our awakening to reality’s freedom and the path to living joyously and well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684421930
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Series: The Art of Spiritual Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 768,129
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rami Shapiro, a longtime member of Twelve Step recovery, a rabbi and Twelve Step spiritual director, is a frequent lecturer and attendee at Twelve Step retreats, seminars and meetings. An award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist, he is also author of Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice; The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice; Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings—Annotated&Explained (both SkyLight Paths) and many other books.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Living Surrendered, a Preview xiii

Introduction xv

Part 1 We Admitted We Were Powerless Over Our Addiction-That Our Lives Had Become Unmanageable

Chapter 1 You Are the Problem 3

Chapter 2 I Gotta Be Me 9

Chapter 3 Stop Me'ing 16

Chapter 4 The Tao of You 25

Chapter 5 Being Powerless 34

Chapter 6 Yes, And 46

Chapter 7 Rock Bottom 52

Part 2 We Came to believe That a Power Greater Than Ourselves could Restore Our Sanity

Chapter 8 Came to Believe 61

Chapter 9 A Power Greater than Ourselves 67

Chapter 10 Glimpsing the Unglimpseable 73

Chapter 11 Purpose 78

Chapter 12 Beyond Happiness 83

Part 3 We Made the decision to Turn Our will and Our Lives Over to the Care of God as we Understood him

Chapter 13 God as We Understood God 93

Chapter 14 The Eternal Tao 104

Chapter 15 Your Will, Your Life 114

Chapter 16 Being Nobody 123

Chapter 17 God's Care, God's Grace 130

Chapter 18 Letting Go of Deciding 139

Chapter 19 Living Surrendered 144

Part 4 The Surrendered Life

Chapter 20 Serenity 151

Chapter 21 Freedom of Imperfection 155

Chapter 22 Inner Seeing 163

Chapter 23 Forgiveness 171

Chapter 24 Humility 184

Conclusion There Is Nothing You Can Do, and Only You Can Do It 192

Invitations 201

Monk Begging for Food 202

Just Sitting 203

Passage Meditation 204

Neti-Neti 205

Third-Step Prayer 206

Who Is This Aliveness I Am? 207

Enso 209

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 213

Suggestions for Further Reading 221

About the Author 223


Rami Shapiro gives the distilled essence of his life as a human being, spiritual leader and writer. “I don’t want to be happy. I want to be real… living in sync with the moment and the ten thousand joys and… sorrows” of life. His upside-down Twelve Step recovering sounds like St. Benedict: “Gravity is your friend here. You start at Step One and tumble down to Twelve.”
—Kent Ira Groff, spiritual companion, founding mentor of Oasis Ministries, author of Honest to God Prayer, Writing Tides and other books.

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