Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power

Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power

by Marya Hornbacher
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Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power by Marya Hornbacher

For those who don't believe in God—or don't know whether they believe—New York Times best-selling author Marya Hornbacher offers an insightful, moving approach to the concept of faith.

For those who don't believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher, author of the New York Times best sellers Madness and Wasted, offers a down-to-earth exploration of the concept of faith.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, best-selling author Marya 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 we begin to walk a spiritual path. And there are 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.Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best-selling nonfiction titles, Madness: A Bipolar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. She has also authored a recovery handbook, Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps, and a critically acclaimed novel, The Center of Winter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592858255
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 299,260
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best-selling nonfiction titles, Madness: A Bipolar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. She has also authored a recovery handbook, Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps, and a critically acclaimed novel, The Center of Winter.An award-winning journalist, she lectures nationally on eating disorders and writing. She lives with her husband in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

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

Epilogue 139

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 141

About the Author 143

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Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
doubtingTom More than 1 year ago
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
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The spiritual direction it took really surprised me.