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Recovery_The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice (The Art of Spiritual Living) Paperback – May 1, 2009
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"Full of wisdom, expanding and deepening Twelve Step insight with the author's wide knowledge of world spiritual traditions.&rdquo
―Thomas Bien, author, Mindful Recovery, Finding the Center Within and Mindful Therapy
"Immensely readable, charming, and profound.… Accessible and useful to everyone, not just addicts. Open this book armed with a notebook, pen and highlighter. You will return to Rami's wise words over and over again.&rdquo
―Terry Taylor, author, A Spirituality for Brokenness: Discovering Your Deepest Self in Difficult Times
“An important contribution to the literature on the Twelve Steps. Creatively adapts methods from different religious traditions to make the practice of the Twelve Steps even richer.&rdquo
―Martine Batchelor, author, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits
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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
Carrying the Message
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most powerful to me has been his assertion is that the Steps are for all of us in our struggles with control and egocentricity.
Paraphrasing closely my favorite line--- when our ego's shatter at rock bottom, rock bottom shatters and we begin a free fall into God. I know this to be true, scary and true, wonderful and true.
"Recovery- the spiritual art" is a great read for anyone interested in spiritual growth, written with insights from many of the world's spiritual traditions. Enjoy and be blessed.
The chapters are arranged basically according to the steps. It may be that the best chapter in the book is on Step 9. It may be worth reading the book for that step alone. While there are some excellent points in the book (particularly about steps 1 and 2 relative to powerlessness and unmanageability), there is quite a lot of repetition. If your interest is in an alternative view of working the 12 steps and the issues surrounding higher power for non-theists or working/living the steps as a Buddhist, you ought to read _One_Breath_at_a_Time_first for a very deep and representative presentation of the spiritual journey if you haven't read it yet.
None-the-less, this book is worth reading .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt connected with courage and honesty reading this book. I learned more about the ability of the 12 Steps to live a life worth living.Published 1 month ago by Ada Andrist
Wow. One of the very best books about an enlightened sobriety and view on the twelve steps.Published 2 months ago by kathy hansen
Excellent. I recommend it to everyone whether you're a. 12 step person or not. These are ideas that are relevant to everyone.Published 2 months ago by Linda Owen
Interesting book...nothing new, but a refreshing new look.Published 3 months ago by Suzan H MACILVAINE
My favorite book on recovery yet. Pulls information from a variety of spiritual paths to make perfect sense. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MMS