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A nun and recovering alcoholic describes how she joined Alcoholics Anonymous and how she rediscovered a deeper spirituality as she made her way through the Twelve Step program, tracing the lessons that AA taught her about forgiveness, community, and a deeper relationship with God and explaining how the program changed her life. 20,000 first printing.
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When Sister Molly Monahan, a Roman Catholic nun, came to Alcoholics Anonymous she expected to find sobriety. What she hadn't counted on was finding a more meaningful relationship with God than she had ever experienced in her religious order. "What could AA teach me about spirituality?" she asks. "Going to meetings did not feel like going to church, or going on a retreat, or sitting at the feet of some guru in pursuit of lofty spiritual goals. It felt like to defeat to me, as it does to most."
So of course Monahan was surprised to discover that alcoholism is indeed a "physical, mental, and spiritual disease," as the program states. Using the 12- step program as the basic structure, Monahan tells her own story of recovery alongside panhandlers, VPs, and soccer moms. Much more than a memoir, this is an elegant meditation on the power of the 12-step program, how it penetrates and guides the way that sober alcoholics live. What readers come to see, whether they are alcoholics or not, is that the AA program is indeed a significant spiritual contribution to the American landscape for all families, faiths, and walks of life. --Gail HudsonAbout the Author:
Sister Molly Monahan (a pseudonym) entered her religious community after graduation from college in 1953, and became a member of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1983.
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Book Description Riverhead Hardcover, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1573221759
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