- Unknown Binding: 144 pages
- Publisher: Prince of Peace (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933173202
- ISBN-13: 978-0933173200
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,176,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The twelve steps for kids ;: Life-changing steps for teenagers and young adults, Unknown Binding – 1989
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The twelve steps are simple and clear. They were first developed by members of Alcoholics Anonymous who were writing down what they did that worked for them. I have read literature from many 12-step programs, around both substance and process addictions (you know - substances like alcohol or crack, processes like codependency or overeating) and from outside sources (Melody Beattie, Patrick Carnes, Hazelden, all those books that are like "The 12 Steps for women/codependents/Christians/Buddhists/everyone else who thinks they are different and need their own explanation").... And the clearest description of how to work the steps is in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The steps are awesome and there should totally be more literature on them for young people. This book, though, is not giving kids the steps. It's giving kids the steps as they would be written if they were written by fundamentalist Christians.
I no longer have this book. I think I recycled it rather than give it to someone else. That's how I feel about that. But I distinctly remember some of the changes. Step 2, for example, instead of being "Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity", is basically "Accepted Jesus into our hearts as our personal savior".
That's not one of the steps. And if it were, it wouldn't be the second step, which is just about hope, about coming to believe that what has worked for so many people (i.e. working the steps) can work for us too and result in the same amazing gifts.
A lot of different authors and different programs have tried to reinvent the wheel, reinterpreting the steps and how to work them for whatever reason. It's harmful.Read more ›