Category: Book Reviews

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

The Five Keys

The Five Keys – 12 Step Recovery Without A God

This article is a question and answer session between Roger C. of AA Agnostica and Archer Voxx, author of The Five Keys – 12 Step Recovery Without A God and Alcoholics Anonymous – Universal...

Liv's Recovery Kitchen

8 Essential Books on Addiction and Recovery

By Olivia Pennelle Originally published on The Fix on Dec 5, 2018 Addiction recovery books have been fundamental to my recovery from substance use disorder, codependency, mental illness, and complex PTSD. They’re more than...

Twelve Featured

Twelve Secular Steps: An Addiction Recovery Guide

By Chris G. This short book (117 pages) by Bill W., no relation to THE Bill W., is a very timely addition to secular addiction literature for several reasons. First of all, it recognises...

One Big Tent

Review by Thomas B. A most auspicious event took place during the opening Panel of the recent third Biennial International Secular AA Conference that took place during August 24 through 26 in Toronto, Canada...

Everyone's an addict

Everyone’s an Addict

By Vince Hawkins My latest book, Everyone’s an Addict, is many things. It might be seen as a good cop/bad cop approach to treating addiction in the sense that it is spiritual and comforting...

Design for Living

By Alex M. Author of Design for Living: Daily Meditations on the 12 Steps of A.A. for Atheists and Agnostics The first two paragraphs of “We Agnostics” say that being alcoholic I have an...

Critique of Chapter 7 – Working with Others

AA’s Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. By Paul W....

Into Action

Critique of Chapter 6 – Into Action (Steps 5 – 11)

“If something is true, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.” (Richard Dawkins) Conversely, “If something is false, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.” By Paul W. Introduction Chapter 5 of...

The Only Life

The Only Life I Could Save: A Memoir

Review By Linda Farris Kurtz Many readers will recognize Katherine Ketcham’s name from the sixteen books she has co-authored with other writers: Under the Influence with James Milam and The Spirituality of Imperfection with...

Step 4 Featured Image

Critique of Chapter 5 of the Big Book – Step 4

An unexamined life is not worth living. Plato’s Apology Part Two: Step Four (Pages 64 – 71) By Paul W. Prelude As life-J so aptly points out in his November 23, 2017 article, Standing...

Critique Featured

Why Critique the Big Book?

By Paul W. To begin, let’s define “critique.”  It is a critical examination or discussion; an examination of the merits or faults of a literary work. In my critiques of the Big Book, I...