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Ray A. is a recovering alcoholic with 31 years of continuous sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.

He drank for 25 years and, as with most drunks, alcohol touched every aspect of his life. Early on he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in languages and literature. As his disease progressed, however, he left a doctoral degree unfinished. Alcohol also exacted its toll on his marriage, his family, and a series of promising careers. In mid-life, Ray came to AA homeless, alone, and unemployable.

Once in the rooms Ray made progress on many fronts, from personal relations to the establishment of a successful business. By the time of his twelfth anniversary, however, he began to suffer an emotional relapse that would worsen over the course of the
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The discipline of self-examination begins with Step 4, where we make a “searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” While various terms are used to designate this discipline (including self-appraisal and self-survey), the Big Book’s emphasis on “inventory” is meant to highlight a practical, no-nonsense, business-like approach to this traditional spiritual practice. Our inventory is a... Read more of this blog post »
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The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio R. Damasio
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A Biography of Mrs Marty Mann by David Brown
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After Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Marty M. probably did more than any other alcoholic to make the disease concept of alcoholism socially acceptable, which revolutionized the way alcoholics came to be treated at all levels of society.

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Apologetics in the New Age by David K. Clark
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A thoughtful philosophical probe of pantheism and its relation to the New Age movement. First half of the book (by Clark) describes five major examples of pantheism, and the second provides the kind of incisive logical analysis for which Geisler is r ...more
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A History of Habit by Tom Sparrow
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Courage to Change by Al-Anon Family Group
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Twenty Four Hours a Day by Anonymous
Twenty Four Hours a Day
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The Little Black Book: A Review of Twenty-Four Hours a Day

At the time of its publication, Twenty-four Hours a Day filled a spiritual vacuum among recovering alcoholics. Step 11 in Alcoholics Anonymous called for daily prayer and meditation, but it ha
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Vainglory by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
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“When we look back from the vantage point of sobriety, many of us realize that when drinking we often felt like a fake, a fraud, and a phony. That’s because we were. – p. 74”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“The truth is that we were so spiritually and morally bankrupt that we could not even see some of those lines: we stepped over them blindly. Other times we saw the lines alright, but we wanted to cross them. Alcohol gave us the false courage to do it and numbed our conscience as we did. Alcohol was the great enabler, and the great anesthetic. It wasn’t God who was dead. We were. – p. 116”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“In AA we don’t come to God through theology but through experience, mostly of the humbling and humiliating variety, often reluctantly, and sometimes even kicking and screaming. – p. 179”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.”
Bill W.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Plato

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
Albert Einstein

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
Will Durant




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