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Recovery—The Sacred Art

The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice

Rami Shapiro
Foreword by Joan Borysenko, PhD

5.5 x 8.5, 240 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-259-1


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Deepen Your Capacity to Live Free from Addiction—and from Self and Selfishness

"Twelve Step recovery is much more than a way to escape the clutches of addictive behaviors. Twelve Step recovery is about freeing yourself from playing God, and since almost everyone is addicted to this game, Twelve Step recovery is something from which everyone can benefit."

from the Introduction

In this hope-filled approach to spiritual and personal growth, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are uniquely interpreted to speak to everyone seeking a freer and more God-centered life. This special rendering makes them relevant to those suffering from specific addictions—alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, shopping—as well as the general addictions we wrestle with daily, such as anger, greed, and selfishness.

Rami Shapiro describes his personal experience working the Twelve Steps as adapted by Overeaters Anonymous and shares anecdotes from many people working the Steps in a variety of settings. Drawing on the insights and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Islam, he offers supplementary practices from different religious traditions to help you move more deeply into the universal spirituality of the Twelve Step system.

“Full of wisdom, expanding and deepening Twelve Step insight with the author’s wide knowledge of world spiritual traditions.”

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.”

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.”

Martine Batchelor, author, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits

“Excellent.... Interesting, informative, and easy to read.... A useful tool for spiritual growth for everyone, regardless of faith background.”

Congregational Libraries Today

“A fine example of the subtle good works the Twelve Step programs can do even after the worst effects of addiction are no longer apparent.”

Library Journal

“Offers the 12 Steps process as a way to analyze and grow our way out of spiritual dead ends.... Helpful.”

Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

“With typical prowess and brilliance, Shapiro ... illuminate[s] our understanding of each of the Twelve Steps.... Whether you are in recovery, suffering with an addiction, or know someone who is, this book will be a lifeline ... [and] a life-changer.”

Spirituality & Practice

Rami Shapiro, a longtime member of Twelve Step recovery, a rabbi and Twelve Step spiritual director, is a frequent lecturer and attendee at Twelve Step retreats, seminars, and meetings. An award-winning storyteller, poet, and essayist, he is also author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice (SkyLight Paths) and many other books.

Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice
  • Biblical Wisdom for Postbiblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job
  • The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life 
  • Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice
  • Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World

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Joan Borysenko, PhD, a respected scientist and therapist, is president of Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc. She is an internationally known speaker and consultant in health and spirituality, integrative medicine and the mind/body connection. She is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and The Power of the Mind to Heal.

About the Art of Spiritual Living Series

Because spirituality is much more than what you think—it’s what you do. Explaining little-known or misunderstood spiritual practices from around the world with clear instructions on how you can do it, too.

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