Jesus, You, and Bill W.: Introducing Persons in 12 Step Recovery to Christian Spirituality

Persons in 12 step recovery have a dilemma. On the one hand, their literature recommends spirituality as a path to recovery. “If that be the case you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. Well, that is exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.” Alcoholic Anonymous (Big Book), third edition, pages 44–45. On the other hand, many persons in 12 step recovery are down on religion and the traditional church. This book is an attempt to provide original Christian spirituality, straight from Jesus and the Bible, without all the trappings of religion. It has chapters of Bill W. and spirituality, Jesus, Bible, history of the church (yes, even revealing the warts), spiritual quotes which are life-giving gems, biblical truth, and spirituality, the futility of a “law” oriented religion, good books to read, suggestions on how to become a Christian, and how to find a healthy church. Jesus is presented, who offered people joy, peace, freedom, hope, forgiveness, grace, and a new life. St. Paul invites people to become a “new creation” in Jesus. All of these create a new reality, which is much healthier than the old reality of addiction. John 15:11 quotes Jesus as saying, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

--Rev. Paul Brunsberg

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