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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2006
I'm a do-it-yourselfer and find most of my how-to in books. This book has Q & A sessions to help yourself. It has an extensive "self-interview" after the First Step that is invaluable. It's easy to read and I loved it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2010
Brief Review of Alton Weldon's Essay
Alcoholics Anonymous: A Twelve-Step Program

This is a brief summary of the process and effectiveness of a twelve-step program in helping people recover from addictions. It focuses on Alcoholics Anonymous' basic principles and beliefs simply because that is what the author is most familiar with. Most of these programs are based on the initiative of Alcoholics Anonymous and they have all proven to be very effective when applied rigorously and continuously.
These twelve-step programs are more than just a means of recovery. They are a plan for happy living. Many people do not realize the fact that the twelve steps can be used, combined with a spiritual awareness, to increase any persons view on life. The previous destructive behaviors of participants are of course a main concern but the end result is one of a better lifestyle, a way of living in a manner more consistent with society and personal improvement.
While the author does lay out the basics of the twelve steps, he is mostly concerned with attacking the misconception that these programs are designed only to keep a person abstinent. Barriers are broken with these programs, that otherwise would prevent the blossoming of many of life's gifts and the overall beauty of God's creations. The point is that these steps are available to everyone. All can delve into the concepts and come to have a spiritual awakening that will change them for the better -- forever. This is a blessing that none should ignore.
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2000
This book is ok but there is already a 12 step book for AA. If I were going to recommend one other book besides the original BiG Book of AA it would be An Encounter With A Prophet, the book that helped me understand my higher power better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
Excellent tool for understanding spiritual principles underlying each step and tradition of the AA program. A useful resource for those writing on their steps. Rationale and evolution of each Tradition is explained. Great study group tool, but also useful open meeting topic introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book has helped me very much in working the Steps. It tells things in a simple way that I can understand. I can identify with everything in this book from having the shakes to everything that has been important in my life. I nearly lost everything because of alcohol. I highly recommend this book in working the Steps to Alcoholics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
it is the best interpretation of twelve steps. this book shows the real nature of addiction and how to deal with. working thorough this book help me real doing recovery. reading this book i got the understending of my powerlesness and the need for great power.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
I thought this was the real 12 by 12, but it isn't. Nice though as it explains how to work the steps. Got it on my kindle so it still makes for good reading..
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on August 17, 2012
This gives you an in depth look at the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anoymous. Each step is covered and will help guide you and your sponsor to completing the 12 steps together. A great reference that can be read over and over, always gleening something new in the reading.
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on September 9, 2013
If you're looking for the straightforward steps that Hazelden offers in their programs so you can follow along or know what to expect for someone you love (or yourself), then this is a perfect read. It is clear and easily readable.
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on February 12, 2013
The most essential reading material for recovering alcoholics, and every alcoholic knows they must have a copy. A chapter in the book "We Agnostics" could be classified as the most intrinsic spiritual writing to be found
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