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12 Steps to Spiritual Freedom

The twelve step addiction recovery process often comes in many variations and interpretations; while each variation may focus on different aspects of recovery, they all stem from the groundbreaking work of Bill W. and Dr. Bob Smith, the founders of the organization known as Alcoholics Anonymous. "Twelve Steps to Spiritual Freedom: Understanding the Christian Roots of Twelve Step Programs" aligns this 20th century construct with its roots in centuries old practices. This sensible approach brings together the deep spiritual tradition of Christianity to complement and support the hands-on, daily work of twelve-step programs.Interspersed with personal experiences, "Understanding the Christian Roots of Twelve Step Programs i"dentifies 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.
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Joanna Thyer is a hospital chaplain, medical educator and counselor with vast experience in the areas of trauma debriefing, grief, relationship, and workplace issues. She holds university degrees in Psychology and Theology, has had five other books published, and lives in Sydney, Australia.


"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."- Margaret Silf, author of Inner Compass "Without exaggerating, this is really an excellent book! Not only does Joanna Thyer write very well, and in an engaging way, but she knows her sources--from the perennial Tradition of wisdom and saints, from the Scriptures, and from her own living experience. Read, and be taught well, even if you are not formally in any recovery program! This guidance is for all." - Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.Center for Action and ContemplationAlbuquerque, New Mexico

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