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Came to Believe

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In Came To Believe-The spiritual adventure of A.A. as experienced by individual members. Over 75 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members from all over the world describe the wide diversity of convictions implied in "God as we understood Him." Especially helpful to those who confuse spiritual with religious, but a great addition to any recovering alcoholic's Alcoholic Anonymous b ...more
Paperback, Trade Edition, 121 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc (first published 1984)
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Shannon
Jun 12, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: recovery
Stories about how people from all walks of life and faith found a Higher Power they could believe and trust in.
Ericka
Aug 13, 2014 Ericka rated it really liked it
If you're lost and need something greater than yourself or booze or drugs to believe in...open your mind and read this.
Jc
Aug 27, 2008 Jc is currently reading it
Great book for anyone.
Jason Bickford
Nov 28, 2012 Jason Bickford rated it did not like it
Bill Wilson never got sober or even worked a program. He switched his drug of choice from booze to unfamiliar women in early recovery. He was a self centered 13th stepper. He also enjoyed a nice sobriety break while tripping on LSD so much his wife and Dr. Bob had to perform an intervention. That is why I take little stock in Bill's thoughts on the program he plagiarized outright from the Oxford Group. AA's grounding in Christianity and its dogmatic requirement to commune with a God also known i ...more
Chris Gager
Jan 31, 2012 Chris Gager rated it liked it
My newest recovery book gifted to me by my AA meeting. I won it in the weekly raffle. I'm reading it some at a time. For me the boundary between secular spirituality and generic Christian religionism can be pretty shaky at times in 12-step groups. AA, being the most tradition-bound, has the biggest problems. My guess is that Bill W. was to much tied to the Oxford Group background that he couldn't see the wisdom of letting go of all that GOD stuff. Words like Creator, He, His, Him, Thee, Thou, Th ...more
Patricia Jones-harris
Feb 13, 2016 Patricia Jones-harris rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and inspiring! Came To Believe is collection of stories by A.A. members who write about what the phrase "spiritual awakening" means to them. Through reading these stories I found hope! That hope provided me the ability to completely surrender unconditionally and honestly to myself that I am an alcoholic and I can recover if I just don't pick-up a drink one day at a time, get a sponsor and go through the 12 steps, go to meetings and sponsor other alcoholics. Just like Step 12 states, "H ...more
Deke Hardwick
Sep 27, 2012 Deke Hardwick rated it it was amazing
Really powerful testimony and moving stories written by AA members describing their spiritual awakening. This puts the Burning Bush theory to the acid test and teaches me that though the experience of recovery doesn't come in the Hollywood or fancy package that our imagination tends to create, the miracles of awakening and transformation are not those kind of myths. They are much deeper and better than those fluffed up ideas we tend to imagine and hope for. We get much more than our limited mind ...more
Dietrick Hardwick
Sep 27, 2012 Dietrick Hardwick rated it it was amazing
Really powerful testimony and moving stories written by AA members describing their spiritual awakening. This puts the Burning Bush theory to the acid test and teaches me that though the experience of recovery doesn't come in the Hollywood or fancy package that our imagination tends to create, the miracles of awakening and transformation are not those kind of myths. They are much deeper and better than those fluffed up ideas we tend to imagine and hope for. We get much more than our limited mind ...more
Max
Dec 14, 2016 Max rated it it was amazing
It's a good book for expanding your thoughts on spirituality if you keep an open mind. Some of the accounts push religion a bit, but you have to bear in mind that they are a collection of stories told by different people.
Jd Guinn
Aug 11, 2013 Jd Guinn rated it liked it
Another from my recovery shelf. This is a compilation of several stories from those in 12 step recovery regarding the quest for a higher power. This small volume displays the diversity that can be found in a spiritual program. For anyone who is stuck in the God gunk of AA you may find an unexpected answer within these pages. Once again this one is a keeper. It is definitely not a read once and done.
Amy
Apr 07, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Bryan Maier
Shelves: 12-step
I read this book while starting my graduate internship at an outpatient addictions treatment clinic. It tells great stories of how people in 12step fellowships came to believe in a higher power of their understanding...even atheists!
Alivia Biko
Aug 17, 2016 Alivia Biko rated it really liked it
I have read this book many times. The quality of writing varies, as it does
with all AA books-- since members are writing and they are sharing personal experience,
not their writing chops. Never-the-less, it is a staple in my 12-step reading.
April
Sep 02, 2008 April rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jackson & Ronnie
Recommended to April by: Barb
Fabulous book. I was not raised with any religion so having a book of non-denominational spiritual experiences was perfect for me. I could not pick a favorite story from this book if I tried but I walked away feeling as if God was tangible and something I could have in my life.
Sam Honeycutt
Apr 18, 2012 Sam Honeycutt rated it it was amazing
This is a very good and well written book by Bill Wilson one of the co -founders of AA. This book explains the spiritual as compared to a religious basis for recovering alcoholics in regard to the 2nd step.
Stephen Nowak
It took me a while to finish this but it was worth the read! One of those books that I needed to take my time with. Very inspiring and written with grit and honesty.
Sara Julessa
Feb 15, 2010 Sara Julessa rated it it was amazing
i have read this book and continue to pick it up, there is beautiful inspiration throughout... worth a read even if u are not a part of the fellowship...
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