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In The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G. show how the 12-Step program can be interpreted and worked by those who simply do not believe in an interventionist deity. At the same time the authors conscientiously maintain the intention and integrity of the program - its values, scope and depth. A chapter is devoted to each Step. T In The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G. show how the 12-Step program can be interpreted and worked by those who simply do not believe in an interventionist deity. At the same time the authors conscientiously maintain the intention and integrity of the program - its values, scope and depth. A chapter is devoted to each Step. The language is clear, engaging and personal. The Foreword to this Second Edition of the book begins with a striking quote from Chapter Three which captures the essence of both the book and the 12 Steps: "We can learn the universal, generic pattern of life's dance from the 12 Steps. But in our individual dance of life, we choose our own music and dance our own dance." This is a unique, inspiring and helpful book for anyone - regardless of belief or lack of belief - who would like to work the 12 Step program.


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In The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G. show how the 12-Step program can be interpreted and worked by those who simply do not believe in an interventionist deity. At the same time the authors conscientiously maintain the intention and integrity of the program - its values, scope and depth. A chapter is devoted to each Step. T In The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G. show how the 12-Step program can be interpreted and worked by those who simply do not believe in an interventionist deity. At the same time the authors conscientiously maintain the intention and integrity of the program - its values, scope and depth. A chapter is devoted to each Step. The language is clear, engaging and personal. The Foreword to this Second Edition of the book begins with a striking quote from Chapter Three which captures the essence of both the book and the 12 Steps: "We can learn the universal, generic pattern of life's dance from the 12 Steps. But in our individual dance of life, we choose our own music and dance our own dance." This is a unique, inspiring and helpful book for anyone - regardless of belief or lack of belief - who would like to work the 12 Step program.

30 review for The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jan Stinus Nielsen

    I enjoyed reading the book. It's a welcome alternative to the archaic, biblical lingo of AA. Being very short it is by its very nature an introduction, a guide. The real work is the work you do yourself. Of course. In that sense this is one of those books you never really finish but keep returning to and using as a natural part of your 12 step work, whatever you're recovering from. That is another great thing about the book: the focus is not solely on alcohol or substance abuse, it's much wider. I enjoyed reading the book. It's a welcome alternative to the archaic, biblical lingo of AA. Being very short it is by its very nature an introduction, a guide. The real work is the work you do yourself. Of course. In that sense this is one of those books you never really finish but keep returning to and using as a natural part of your 12 step work, whatever you're recovering from. That is another great thing about the book: the focus is not solely on alcohol or substance abuse, it's much wider. Some parts of the book got a little new age and fluffy for my taste, but at its core this is a book that should be in your library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    this book was written in 1991. It's a refreshing look in a genre dominated by male authors/perspective. This book is secular - not anti-religious. It explains the experience of the Twelve Steps without a supernatural explanation - same experience, different narrative. this book was written in 1991. It's a refreshing look in a genre dominated by male authors/perspective. This book is secular - not anti-religious. It explains the experience of the Twelve Steps without a supernatural explanation - same experience, different narrative.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Peters

    This. Book. Changed. My. Life. I highly recommend this book to anyone in recovery and anyone who takes issues with the "God" language in the 12 Steps. This. Book. Changed. My. Life. I highly recommend this book to anyone in recovery and anyone who takes issues with the "God" language in the 12 Steps.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Heer

    Enlightening! Perfect for those of us struggling with the God part. The 12 Steps distilled into the original intent without complications or necessity of a deity. Well written and explained.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    Outstanding and excellent book based on the 12-Steps of AA but without all of the religion. No where in this book does the word "God" ever come up, which is so refreshing to me. From a woman's perspective, it is much better than the original steps too as there is no reference to powerlessness and needing to accept and submit. If the Big Book were to be rewritten, this is the template they should use. Outstanding and excellent book based on the 12-Steps of AA but without all of the religion. No where in this book does the word "God" ever come up, which is so refreshing to me. From a woman's perspective, it is much better than the original steps too as there is no reference to powerlessness and needing to accept and submit. If the Big Book were to be rewritten, this is the template they should use.

  6. 4 out of 5

    AA Beyond Belief

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    Lisa

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim Carter

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Sheldon

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Mullowney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gentry

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dr Katrina Young

  19. 4 out of 5

    Damien

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie Vaughn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie Elbers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Venice Debra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steven M. Wennerberg

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Miller

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shireen Liane

  26. 4 out of 5

    William Maloney

  27. 5 out of 5

    Harry Speer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Esther

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Harding

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

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