An invaluable collection of secular recovery books

The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps

“There are many versions of the 12-Steps. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety.”

Thus begins The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps. The book contains 20 alternative versions of the original 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. The Little Book also has four secular interpretations of each of the Steps by … Continue reading


Alternative 12 Steps CoverThe Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery

A pioneering work. In 1991, two women were successfully working the 12-Step program… and they were atheists. They knew the program worked, and translated the Steps into secular terms.

This ground-breaking book – as valuable today as it was when it was first written – is their sharing of this secular translation. In The Alternative 12 Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G. show how the 12-Step program can be interpreted and worked by those who simply do not believe in …
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A History Front CoverA History of Agnostics in AA

This book is an inspiration for those uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step recovery meetings and fellowships.

A History of Agnostics in AA is a perfect blend of two essential parts for a book of this sort: personal experience and research. The book is divided into three main parts: Our History, Problems in AA and Moving Forward. The history goes back to Jim Burwell, the first atheist in AA, and to the very first agnostic AA meetings. It also taps into the discrimination …
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Do Tell! Stories by Agnostics and Atheists in AA

“Just got the book, and sat down and read the first handful of stories, and I am absolutely amazed and moved. It is all so beautiful. I think we’re moving toward the light rather than fleeing from the darkness and I am grateful to all who contributed to this book for having rode the wave of transformation we’ve all been going through and giving it a voice in this book.” life-j.

Our dear friend, the late Ernie Kurtz, said that storytelling is in fact “the practice and indeed the essential dynamic of AA”.
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Don't TellDon’t Tell: Stories and Essays by Agnostics and Atheists in AA

This captivating book provides a wide view of the world of agnostic / atheist AA. The first section is a set of “experience, strength and hope” stories similar to the second section of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. I found I could really relate to these stories!

There is a huge scope to the book: different interpretations of the 12 steps, book reviews, early and current history, and a dynamite section on the Lord’s Prayer. Did you know that the courts have repeatedly classed AA … Continue reading


Key Players Front CoverKey Players in AA History

Our friend, bob k, has written an exceptional book. Bob first starting sharing stories on the AA Agnostica website in December, 2011. He wrote stories about the early history of AA and about some of the people who had been a part of defining the early elements of our fellowship. These stories were mightily well received and appreciated.

Organized in six sections and 32 chapters, the book is a treasure. Each chapter is complete on its own. You can easily read a chapter in one sitting and move on to the next or jump to a completely new section.
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CSR CoverCommon Sense Recovery: An Atheist’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous

This book was never meant to be published. Written over time as a personal project of trying to understand what it means to be an atheist in AA, it is the distillation of the author’s personal thoughts on every aspect of the situation, and there are many. It contains the essence of his journey towards completeness, as an atheist and an anonymous alcoholic, a person who has found his way in sorting out the tension between the two and arriving at peace and wholeness for himself.

The book offers an enticing way forward for AA. A must-read for all of us in AA, especially those of us who recognize that it is time for our fellowship to take the next crucial steps forward. Continue reading


Each BreathEach Breath a Gift: A Story of Continuing Recovery

Storytelling, vulnerable and sincere storytelling, unites us. More than just an ageless form of teaching and entertaining, storytelling is healing and nurturing for both the teller and the audience. Books, songs, movies, podcasts, chat-rooms, YouTube videos and meetings are places where gifts given are also gifts received.

Each Breath is such a gift. Thomas is a master storyteller. How to commune with Each Breath? It’s written chronologically and it can be enjoyed that way. Or, you can treat it …
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Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life

Finally! A daily reflection book for nonbelievers, freethinkers and everyone. Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life offers 365 quips for every alcoholic/addict.

Drawing on quotes from writers, skeptics, entertainers, religious leaders, philosophers, psychologists and varied recovery literature, Beyond Belief neither canonizes nor vilifies any school of recovery thought. Where else would you find Sam Harris followed by Mother Teresa, Bill Wilson followed with Anais Nin, a doctor’s opinion by Dr. Seuss or a spiritual perspective from Albert Einstein?
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