Category: Book Reviews

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...

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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...

Eye

Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth

A Review by Thomas B. According to Forbes Magazine, some 85 books are published in the US every hour. That’s hundreds of thousands of new titles each year — 744,600 to be precise, plus...

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Logical Fallacies of the Big Book

By life-j Following up after Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? in this article I would like to open an in-depth critique of the Big Book’s logical fallacies. I have to confess I’m not...

Bill White

Recovery Rising – Review

Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy by William L. White Review by Linda Farris Kurtz, MSW, DPA, Emeritus Professor, Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work I first met Bill...

Books

Each Breath a Gift – Review

By Jan A. Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question. ~ ee cummings The first quote is used as the tag line after Thomas’ signature in his emails. I always want to respond...

We Agnostics

Critique of Chapter 4 – We Agnostics

By Paul W. Allow me to set the stage, so to speak. I love Alcoholics Anonymous. I want AA to succeed and to continue its good work. I know that the secular AA groups...

Female Memoirs

My Top Five Female Recovery Memoirs

By Regina Walker Originally published on February 2, 2016 in The Fix Approximately a year ago, I wrote a piece for The Fix on my Top Four Recovery Memoirs. All four of the books...