Humanly Possible – Stories of Secular Recovery
In LifeRing, the recovering person — that miraculous, precious, capable human being — is considered the protagonist of their own recovery.
Review by life-j
LifeRing just put out a new book, Humanly Possible, so I want to introduce you to it. This is a book with personal stories. They are all good, no duds, and I’m going to keep it brief, and not going to start quoting from the stories.
But let me say a bit about the book in general. Nice cover for starters. And it is nice to see LifeRing put out another book; they haven’t been particularly prolific of late. I liked Martin Nicolaus’ Empowering Your Sober Self, and that is also what this book is about.
In this big world dominated by Alcoholics Anonymous this book doesn’t only get to be about LifeRing, of course. Just like with our own books there is a lot of “I tried AA, but couldn’t stomach the god stuff”. A lot, actually, which confirms what we’ve already figured out: Regular AA works best for Evangelical folks, not all that well for the rest of us.
LifeRing attempts to have a truly secular approach, even welcomes people of faith, but asks people to keep their faith separate from their recovery, at least when it comes to where we meet each other. I did find in these stories that though there were a couple of people of minority faiths, most people who wrote a story for this book, were of an agnostic bent.
There is a good mix of long and short stories, deep and light-hearted ones, and what I found particularly nice is that in the end they include three stories of SMART members, and one story by “our own” John Lauritsen, the author of a book reviewed here on AA Agnostica: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous. This feels like a way of saying, “Us in secular recovery, we all need to work together a bit” – which is a nice gesture, and a good reason to bring the book to Y’all’s attention.
An article by one of its directors was posted here on AA Agnostica some time ago which you can read right here: LifeRing. (We’ve recently asked for another article and expect one soon!)
Humanly Possible was published in May of this year and is available on Amazon. And for more information about this secular recovery organization you can visit their website, right here: LifeRing Secular Recovery.