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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 2nd edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592850952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592850952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa D. is a contributor for the following Hazelden Title: 12 Step Prayer Book.

Bill P. is a contributor to Hazelden publications including Drop the Rock.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Introduction

Prayer is seeking answers and direction in life. Meditation is listening for answers from a Higher Power and developing the faith within us to accept these answers. Reflection is the study of ways to change the answers we get from prayer and meditation into action.

This second volume of prayers and inspirational readings was written and compiled to assist all Twelve Step Fellowship members with their prayer life and spiritual progress.

Those who are just beginning a life of recovery will find help by working the Eleventh Step. Those who have time in the Program will find a deepening of their spiritual life. Anyone who has trouble finding the "right words" to speak with his or her Higher Power may find exactly what he or she wants to say in one of these prayers.

The suggestion in the Eleventh Step—"sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him"—asks us to improve our prayer and meditation life. May these prayers help you improve your spiritual progress.

This book, as with volume 1 of The 12 Step Prayer Book, is a companion to the meditation book Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

Many members have learned, through times of quiet reflection, to work into their recovery life the answers their Higher Power has given them as a result of their active practice of prayer and meditation.

184

I've Found a Reason

Dear God, as long as my life was preoccupied with my own problems, my own unwillingness and dark moods, I was critical, insensitive, rigid, and defiant. But when I honestly faced my defects and failures and the worst was known and surrendered to You, the whole nature of living changed. I am no longer the emotional center of all things and no longer take everything as personal to myself. I've found a reason for all the suffering through which I have passed. It is to be used in understanding and helping others. Out of darkness comes light.

185

Happy, Joyous, and Free

I am sure You want me to be happy, joyous, and free.

With Your help I will no longer believe that life has no meaning and is filled with sorrow.

You, the Twelve Steps, and our Fellowship have shown me I made my own misery. You didn't do it.

I pray I will avoid the deliberate manufacture of misery.

But if trouble comes, I will cheerfully make it an opportunity to demonstrate Your wisdom and power.

Adapted from material in Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, page 133

186

Life Is a Gift

Thank you, God. May I remember during periods of depression,

The many times in my life when things do seem right, when I have those moments of clarity,

When I feel there is hope, when the sun shines down on me and warms my face, when Your love warms my heart.

I am reminded that life is a gift . . . this I pray.

187

Thanksgiving Prayer—Native American

Great and Eternal Mystery of Life,

Creator of All Things, I give thanks for

the beauty You put in every single one of

Your creations.

I am grateful that You did not fail in

making every stone, plant, creature, and

human being a perfect and whole part of

the Sacred Hoop.

I am grateful that You have allowed me

to see the strength and beauty of

All My Relations.

My humble request is that all of the

children of Earth will learn to see the

same perfection themselves.

May none of Your human children doubt

or question Your wisdom, grace, and

sense of wholeness in giving all of

Creation a right to be living extensions

of Your perfect love.

188

Where There Is Charity and Wisdom

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance.

Where there is love and joy, there is neither greed nor selfishness.

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

by St. Francis of Assisi

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This is a very inspiring book.
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I bought this for my Kindle and just bought 2 hard copies to give as gifts!
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I read the daily prayer every night before I go to bed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Singer Jr. on August 12, 2006
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This book was given to me by one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever treated for addiction. I can still remember the trust and faith he had in me as a therapist and his openess to the 12 step program. He insisted that I take this book and use it to help others in recovery. What a gift recovery is and this book truly will help you on your journey. Prayer and meditation is a necessity if you are to maintain sobriety and develop a new way of living. However, remember it is spirituality we are after and we define that. Its not defined by any particular religion. They are both useful, but completely different. This book will help you on your spiritaul path to recovery. Highly recommended. And much thanks to my incredible client that gave me this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward Drew on December 10, 2005
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This is a wonderful gift to give to ANYONE (including yourself)- especially great for all who use a 12 step program. Have given at least 20 and constantly thanked for the thought.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Righteous Playa on September 4, 2005
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This book is definitely a great buy for any one who wants to improve how they pray and their oveall relationship with God. The book provides you with daily inspirational readings and prayers that are simply awesome!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beachie on January 16, 2007
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This book was purchased for a gift to a recovering alcoholic. He does a lot of reading and meditation and was extremely pleased with the book. I feel this was a gift, well-chosen. Short reads and thoughts for meditation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Castro on December 25, 2007
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Great book for anyone, expecially if you are in a 12 step program. I give this book away for "anniversaries."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Shadeck on December 28, 2007
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This is a very inspiring book. It's small....but great things always come in small packages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly on August 11, 2007
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I spend the last minutes of my day in meditation. This book is a nice addition to my routine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kit E. Tessin on April 4, 2009
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we have a Christian 12 step meeting every week and when I lead, I always pray from this book Kitty
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