Category: Book Reviews

Reviews and excerpts of books, films and other materials, both electronic and print.

Pathways to Recovery and Desistance

Scientific study from a book about Recovery Pathways: Measurable factors that can improve or impede our outcome rates Review by Joe C. David Best’s Pathways to Recovery and Desistance: The role of the social...

The Little Book – Second Edition

by Roger C PREAMBLE AA Agnostica has now published a total of ten books in the last eight years. And the last two of these ten were just published and are now available! These...

Présentation du Petit livre jaune

par Louise B PRÉAMBULE Tout s’est passé vite. À l’été 2020, un membre d’Ottawa habitué des groupes AA laïcs de sa ville me tient un discours statistique sur l’appartenance religieuse de la population générale...

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF LISTENING

Life Lessons and Inspiration For All of Life’s Struggles From the Collective Wisdom of People in Recovery Review by Thomas B. My name is Thomas and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober...

Sober Focus – The True Face of Alcohol

 A review by Diane I The author, Elvi, paints a very grim picture of our relationship with alcohol. The book is divided into two sections. Part 1 is called Alcohol and Society and it...

What is a person’s best self?

By Lisa M. Najavits, PhD What is a person’s best self? There are different possible versions of you, and life experiences can bring out better or worse versions. Addiction brings out worse versions. So...

How It Works Without A God

By John B Can a drunk expect happiness to emerge from recovery? My answer would have been a resounding YES as I floated out of a 12 step oriented treatment episode on a pink...

Sober a Long Time – Now What?

By Jeanine Bassett A few years ago, I perused the literature table at a local AA conference (HOWL in Hood River, Oregon).  Noting the daily meditation books, many of which I’d been reading for...

Finding Your Best Self

This slightly edited review was initially published in April of 2018 in The Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. It applies to both the first and second editions of the book. Review...

12 Smart Things

Emotional Sobriety

Review by Archer Voxx During the past few years, one of the areas I have focused my personal recovery on is emotional sobriety. It is a subject that I am passionate about. The book...

Universe

Recovery in AA Need Not Be “Yahweh or the Highway”

By Charles Troe Author of We Are That We Are We Are That We Are, Theism, Spiritualism, Naturalism and a Path to Spiritual Existentialism is a largely autobiographical book. It is not, however, a...

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...

Staying Sober Without God

Recovering Without God

Staying Sober Without God Chapter Three: Recovering Without God What is Recovery? Before we start getting into the secular approach to recovery, it’s probably a good idea to talk about what the term “recovery”...