Many of us have been trained to think of spirituality as the sole provenance of religion; and if we have come to feel that the religious are not the only ones with access to a spiritual life, we may still be casting about for what, precisely, a spiritual life would be, without a God, a religion, or a solid set of spiritual beliefs.
In Waiting, Hornbacher uses the story of her own journey beginning with her recovery from alcoholism to offer a fresh approach to cultivating a spiritual life. Relinquishing the concept of a universal "Spirit" that exists outside of us, Hornbacher gives us the framework to explore the human spirit in each of us--the very thing that sends us searching, that connects us with one another, the thing that "comes knocking at the door of our emotionally and intellectually closed lives and asks to be let in."
When we let it in and only when we do, she says, we begin to be integrated people and csn walk a spiritual path. There will be many points along the way where we stop, or we fumble, or we get tangled up or turned around. Those are the places where we wait.
Waiting, you'll discover, can become a kind of spiritual practice in itself, requiring patience, acceptance, and stillness. Sometimes we do it because we know we need to, though we may not know why. In short, we do it on faith.
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About the Author
An award-winning journalist, she lectures nationally on eating disorders and writing. She lives with her husband in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Despair / January 1
Chapter 2 Doubt / February 15
Chapter 3 Letting Go / March 29
Chapter 4 Self-Knowledge / April 45
Chapter 5 Reaching Out / May 57
Chapter 6 The Moral Self / Early Summer (June and July) 69
Chapter 7 Healing / Harvest (August and September) 81
Chapter 8 Spiritual Practice / October 95
Chapter 9 Spiritual Growth / November 111
Chapter 10 Spiritual Action in the World / December 127
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 141
About the Author 143
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is part of a growing secular wealth of discussion about recovery. I know that nonbelievers have always been finding recovery by using the Steps but they have been largely written out of AA history. Hornbacher has a fresh new way to look at recovery that no one with an open mind will find offensive. Doubting is so much more humble and maybe more spiritual that certainty. I think so anyway. I read a review by Joe C on RebellionDogsPublishing DOT com and ordered a copy. I've bought three for gifts since then
I really enjoyed reading this book. The spiritual direction it took really surprised me.