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Product Details

  • Series: Art of Spiritual Living
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Pub; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594732590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594732591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life is inherently unmanageable. Seek to control it and you are captive to exhaustion, depression, and addiction. Learn to navigate it by living with justice, compassion and humility, and you are free.
Spiritual leader and Twelve Step practitioner Rami Shapiro explores the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual practice to take you to a different level of mind, a mind no longer seeking control of life--relationships, events, and actions. He examines the foundational themes of each step--surrender, acceptance, confession, forgiveness, restoration--as they relate to specific addictions as well as general addictions such as greed, anger, and selfishness. He offers easy-to-follow exercises drawn from Eastern and Western religious traditions to help you deepen your understanding of each step as you learn to embrace powerlessness through:
Searching the Ego
Confessing Our Wrongs
Asking for Freedom
Naming the Harmed
Making Amends
Carrying the Message
...and more

About the Author

Rami Shapiro, a longtime member of Twelve Step recovery, a rabbi and Twelve Step spiritual director, is a frequent lecturer and attendee at Twelve Step retreats, seminars, and meetings. An award-winning storyteller, poet, and essayist, he is also author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice (SkyLight Paths) and many other books. <P>Joan Borysenko, PhD, a respected scientist and therapist, is president of Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc. She is an internationally known speaker and consultant in health and spirituality, integrative medicine and the mind/body connection. She is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and The Power of the Mind to Heal.

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This book is very well written.
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An excellent aid for ayone working a 12-Step program.
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I would highly recommend it to anyone in recovery.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on August 22, 2009
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Historians of American religion now credit the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 as a major innovation in American religious movements. When Bill W and friends began spreading the 12 Steps through the grassroots, they really were inventing a theologically wide-open spiritual movement that invited high commitment and pointed toward dramatic change in people's lives, families and communities.

Now, early in a new century, we all can appreciate the prophetic wisdom of that innovation. Of course, there is long-running debate about whether the 12 Steps are "religious." There's no question, though, that they are spiritual in the broad sense of focusing our daily living on a series of larger commitments to a higher power and to enduring relationships.

In his book "Recovery-the Sacred Art," Rabbi Shapiro (who is a veteran himself of one particular 12-step group) expands on these themes. This isn't a book of religious history or sociology, although Shapiro teaches these things at the university level. Rather, this is a book written for general readers-you and me-as we seek to find some deeper meaning and a larger framework for our lives.

Within the 12 Steps, he writes, we can find a fresh spiritual focus around themes of crucial importance to all of us--like realizing that we cannot control this turbulent world around us and that we need to focus our lives in more timeless places.

I highly recommend this book for individuals, but also for small-group conversation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Maerz on August 28, 2010
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If you're looking for a twelve step perspective that's not steeped in God and religion, this is it. This book really shows how to expose and almost eradicate the Shadow in us all. A MUST for anyone in recovery or who works in the recovery field.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Levad on November 20, 2009
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This book seems to have been written for me. Rami Shapiro has opened my 12 step path up to many wonderful and challenging spiritual practices from a variety of spiritual traditions. I have always felt that the 12 steps could be placed within the perennial philosophy and lived as an interspiritual discipline. As someone not at home in any one religion but at home in many of them, Rami Shapiro blazes a path using story and practical wisdom to further enlighten the 12 step experience. Recovery The Sacred Art is definitely in the same class of deeply mature spirituality as The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Hull on June 21, 2011
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This is not a review, but a commentary.

When Sister M. Ignatia (of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine) developed the Twelve Step program in Akron, Ohio at St. Thomas Hospital in unison with the founders of AA, she used the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola as her paradigm. This way was unknown to the men who were seeking a method to be of help with those who struggle. The Irish, witty, somewhat neurotic nun was able to adapt the Exercises, in part based on her own somewhat clandestine work with aclocholics in what was then the Rubber Capitol.

This tome is an excellent bit of growth within that genre of searching for a method to be of compassion and a source of growth. Kudos to the author. Courage to all who embark. Interesting to note is the fact that many Jesuits continue to use the Spiritual Exercises in their retreat work, and the adapted-by-Ignatia form. The movement is alive and well, and a source of great hope to so many. And, may we never forget Sr. M. Ignatia Gavin, CSA, for the insight and gift she shared so many years ago.

THOMAS PATRICK HULL, CHICAGO, IL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda M on November 15, 2010
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This is one of the most valuable books written in a twelve-step framework. Rami Shapiro's professional background in world religions gives him the expertise to analyze the problems of existence (and addiction) and the access to forms of spiritual practice that are tremendously helpful to the struggling addict (or any human life form). But it is his own experience of addiction to food and to control that give this book a depth and reality far beyond most contributions. In twelve step meetings, people often tell their stories in order to share their experience, strength and hope. Rabbi Shapiro has used his own life and the stories of a wide variety of people in a range of twelve step programs to make the fundamental set of arguments that take us through the steps. I think his most important contribution is his rock-solid understanding of the delusion of control and its powerful consequences for one's spiritual development. If you think your life is unmanageable, if you think you have an addiction, if you are "stuck" spiritually, and basically, if you are alive, you will find this book valuable. It has changed my life and that of everyone to whom I've given a copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Mcgarvey on February 5, 2011
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This book is excellent. My personal addictions are food and smoking and every word of this book is inspirational. It is excellent advice for EVERYONE. I wonderful way to view our lives, our purpose, our woes and how to deal with all of it. I love this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dito on August 8, 2010
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I found this book at the NY public library by accident and read it cover to cover. I was so impressed that I immediately bought a copy so that I could have it as a ready refference. I have recommended the book to friends and sponsees in 12 step programs and feel that it is a useful tool for solv9ing lifes little problems. I love that Rami Shapiro talks about various spiritual traditions without prejudice or favoritism. The path to recovery is personal and varied. Rami Shapiro seems to get that.
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