About the Author
I would like to give you a little history of my background. Currently, I am in a V.A. Hospital in the Midwest. I am in the Palliative Care Unit as I am dealing with terminal cancer. The cancer is in several areas of my body, more specifically on my spinal cord. This is causing semi-paresis from my hips down through my legs, with severe nerve pain. On October 2nd of this year I will be celebrating 30 years on both of the 12 step programs of A.A. and Alanon. For several years now I have been approached both by addictive medicine professionals and those on 12 step programs to write a book regarding the spiritual aspects of the 12 steps and the program itself. Although I have been blessed in regards to the spirituality of the program, I am but a novice at best as a writer. As I lay here in this hospital bed, dealing with cancer, I hope I did my best in terms of writing to convey my thoughts and beliefs of how the 12 steps of recovery work in their spiritual sense. I wish to share the spiritual awareness that the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill and Bob, gave to A.A. Because of its spiritual nature, this spiritual awareness works in all 12 step programs. --Michael J.