This week’s podcast features an interview with Steve K. who discusses his book The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K. Inspired by Stoic philosophy and the liberal principles embedded in AA history; Steve interprets the Steps from a humanistic perspective. It’s an approach that will be welcomed by many of us who struggle with the God bit of AA.
The book begins with Steve’s personal story of recovery. He was about 15 years old when he started drinking and by the time he was 25, he realized that he needed to stop. When Steve found himself in the rooms of AA, he could accept that for him complete abstinence was the only solution, and though he didn’t grow up in a religion; he was open to the idea of a belief in God. He lost the obsession with alcohol during the second year of his sobriety, and as he began to feel more confident and secure in his recovery, he also started to question the Twelve Steps. He became somewhat disenchanted with the program, which he perceived to be religious. He was sober, but he wasn’t content, and he didn’t feel at home in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Steve reached a turning point after reading Ernest Kurtz’s book Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book gave him an understanding and appreciation of the liberal principles upon which AA was founded, and this helped him relate to the steps from a nontheistic point of view. His new approach to 12 Step philosophy evolved slowly over time and is shared with the greater recovery community through his popular blog 12StepPhilosophy.
The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K is an outgrowth of the blog and is presented in three parts: 1) The 12 Steps, 2) Practicing Virtue, and 3) Articles of Interest.
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