Bill W. on the X Factor in Recovery: Spiritual Experience and the Grace of God

Author: Ray A.
Book: Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

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The X Factor is what Dr. Foster Kennedy (BB’s “The Medical View on A.A.,” p. 569) said his friends in science called what to them was an unknown force at work in the recovery of alcoholics. Bill W. (and the BB and 12&12) identify it as the grace of God. That's what makes possible the spiritual experience that restores us to sanity. Bill addresses the question: If grace is available in religion, why has religion failed the alcoholic? Using a well-known metaphor, he explains that AA plants the…more

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