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Do Tell!: Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Over the years, there have been an abundance of stories documenting the recovery of believers but the stories of recovering atheists, agnostics and free thinkers has, for the most part been ignored. Even worse, many such prospects have approached AA over the years and left discouraged when they were told their only hope for recovery was through acceptance of a god. Many may have died before finding like minded role models.
"Do Tell" sets the record straight. Since the earliest days of AA, atheists and agnostics have recovered in AA without ever coming to believe in a god. "Do Tell" relates the personnal stories of 30 current members of AA who identify as atheist or agnostic. This is a small sample of the many who, over the years, have not relied on a god for their sobriety.
If you have a problem with alcohol or for that matter any other addiction, do not be discouraged by the fact that some will claim you must find god to recover. The facts speak clearly through the stories in "Do Tell."
I highly recommend this book.
In the forward, Marya Hornbacher writes, “These stories show us that the language of the Steps is not enough to keep us out if we want in. Underneath the black and white of the print on the page, the principles exist – dynamic, subject to interpretation, always in flux, and not listed anywhere in the traditional literature, so far as I can find”.
If you’re an atheist or agnostic in AA, this book will help you feel connected to and part of Alcoholics Anonymous. You will find your story within the stories contained in this book.
And while we're at it, I would like to plug another book of recovery stories which deserves to be common reading in AA. This one is about native americans, called Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing (Doyle Arbogast). Another amazing book. The stories in the AA Big Book are somewhat sanitized just to make sure they don't offend anyone. These two books are straight from the heart.
Now go out and DO TELL!