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A Burning Desire

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A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program's focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Hay House, Inc.
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Steve Woods
Well this is a ripper! I have been delving into this particular line of inquiry for a while and have belted through 4 books already. All had something to offer but this one is a definitive work. Kevin Griffin's earleir work "One Breath At a Time" was a major stimulus for me to start on this path that has become so central to my life, not that at that time I really had any choice but to fall though the bottom of my rock bottom. That book showed me how to relate to 12 step programmes in a way that ...more
May 16, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burning Desire is well written, clear, unique and philosophically sound. It's not just a good recovery book, it's a good Buddhist book, it's a good agnostic book, it's a good book for people struggling with related issues. In a world where the word "God" so often triggers defensiveness and creates a divide, Kevin's words build a bridge that makes 12 step programs accessible to people with non-traditional backgrounds and spiritual practices. He's doing the work of building community and he does i ...more
Steve Malley
Apr 17, 2011 Steve Malley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Kevin's second book and an incredible, solid reflection on 12-step work and Buddhism. I have dog-eared more pages in this book than any I have in any book I have read since the Dalai Lama's "Art of Happiness." His observations about alcoholic recovery and how he relates it to Buddhism rival Bill Wilson's 12 and 12 and other great works of spirituality and recovery. This is a must-read book for 12-steppers and anyone interested in an intimate look at a search for a higher power and how pr ...more
Shawn Ingram
Exceedingly practical recommendations for the Buddhist, atheist, agnostic or otherwise non-deist addict negotiating the 12 steps of recovery which are heavily influenced by the notion of an "Abrahamic" God.

If you are fully compatible with the God of the original 12 steps (that of Christianity, Islam, Judaism) then this book is not likely going to interest you much. But if you're an agnostic or Buddhist addict and wrestle with reciting the steps that mention God, this book will quite likely re
Jun 30, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will highly recommend this to persons trying to achieve recovery in a 12-step program, especially if they are struggling with the christian-centric idea of god and the higher power, and absolutely if they identify as Buddhist. This book is not revelatory, but certainly helpful and provides many interesting ideas of how to appraoch recovery using Buddhist principles, which have given me a healthy balance and other perspective compared to those traditionally provided in AA communities.
Dave Senderoff
Mar 07, 2011 Dave Senderoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't shower books with stars, so while I like this book, and got a lot out if it, I don't feel the need to rate it as a five. However, I do recommend this book, and I certainly wish it was available to me earlier in my recovery. I struggled with the idea of a higher power. As an agnostic, having hit the third step quite hard, I left the program, returning to recovery 18 months later. This book would have helped me get through the third step the first time.
Apr 12, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the description of "higher power" to be fascinating. I think it will be very helpful to use with individuals in therapy who are reticent to join AA because of an issue with the use of "God."
Dec 01, 2010 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for anyone who has an interest in Buddhist philosophy and 12 Step work. Kevin writes very clearly and from a wealth of experience.
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Mar 09, 2013 Leigh Farquhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Answered a lot o questions for me A must read for anyone following a 12 step programme
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Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, the breakthrough book that established him as a leader in the mindful recovery movement. Since its publication, Kevin has toured extensively, giving workshops and lectures at places as diverse as Harlem, the Colorado Rockies, and Hawaii. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he teaches “Dharma and Recovery” at Spiri ...more
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