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12 Steps to Spiritual Freedom: Understanding the Christian Roots of Twelve Step Programs will help those who are in various programs and those who support them more readily embrace the recovery process as they view it through the lens of Christian spirituality. At the same time, the book offers a non-threatening entry into Christian mysticism for those who hold a different faith, or no faith at all.
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2014
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Interspersed with personal experiences, Understanding the Christian Roots of Twelve Step Programs identifies and contextualizes the natural connections between Christian mysticism and the wisdom of twelve step programs and makes this information usable for readers. With her intelligent and pragmatic approach, author Joanna Thyer speaks to those who struggle within twelve step programs and to the counselors, therapists, social workers, and family and friends who support their recovery efforts. Knowing the origins can make the journey through addiction recovery grounded, personal, and rooted in faith.
Center for Action and Contemplation
"This invaluable book explores the connections between the transformation journeys of 12-step programs on the one hand, and Christian and especially Ignatian spirituality on the other. Both lead the pilgrim from utter vulnerability to life-changing transformation. In both the pilgrim must surrender to the wilderness that lies between the place of un-freedom and the place of promise. Joanna Thyer brings to this exploration an authority forged in her own painful personal experience illuminated by profound spiritual insight, both of which she shares with disarming honesty and humility. Whether you come to the journey as a 12-step participant or a spiritual searcher, or both, you would look far to find a more authentic guide."