The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality

The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality

by Jane Galloway

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ISBN-13: 9781945026171
Publisher: Sacred Stories Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway, who has over thirty years' experience with the 12-Steps, a Claremont School of Theology Doctor of Ministry, and extensive experience serving as a minister, community leader, and advocate of the arts-- all in addition to her accomplished career as a stage and screen actor, has now become the leader of a 12-step spiritual revolution. A long time member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Rev. Galloway brings the "prayer and meditation" elements of Step 11 to a deeper level with her book, The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality, in which she shares a powerful collection of spiritual practices and rituals designed to augment the transformative work begun in recovery. The 12 Steps have helped countless addicts find sobriety; The Gateways helps them live into the spiritual awakening promised in Step 12. Jane Galloway's understanding of the 12 Steps as a spiritual path, along with her commitment to serving all who seek recovery through the Steps, makes her the perfect guide to all spiritual pilgrims on the journey--of any faith or of none--who are ready to reap the full spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical benefits of recovery.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Are You Ready for a Change? . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi
Introduction: Why 12-Step Spirituality? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
My Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xix
A Spiritual Hunger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
A Country Spirals into Addiction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
God and the 12-Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
12-Steps as Wisdom Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Jesus and the 12-Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Community and the 12-Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Understanding the 12-Steps as Spiritual Practice . . . . . 29
The Gateways
How To Use the Gateways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Ritual as a Healing Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
The Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Gateway Essence 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Gateway Essence 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Gateway Essence 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Gateway Essence 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Gateway Essence 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Gateway Essence 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Gateway Essence 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Gateway Essence 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Gateway Essence 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Gateway Essence 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Gateway Essence 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Gateway Essence 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Putting It Together: A Twelve Week Model . . . . . . . . . . . 91
"Pick a Path - ANY Path, and Go Deeper" . . . . . . . . . . .93
Tools For Your Transcultural, Inter-Spiritual Bento Box . 95
An Inter-Spiritual Holistic Bento Box of Tools . . . . . . . . . 97
You Have a Story to Tell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113
Appreciation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .121

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