Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA

Do Tell!“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 am grateful to all who contributed to this book.”
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There are a total of thirty stories in Do Tell! And they are very personal and honest stories. All unique, all different. The stories in the book alternate between those by women and those by men and so we discover – if we did not appreciate this already – that the factors involved in addiction and recovery are often quite different in the lives of men and women.

The stories are all by AA members who do not believe that an interventionist deity – a God – had anything at all to do with their recovery from alcoholism. As readers will discover, many struggled mightily “in the rooms” with the idea of God or a Higher Power, wanting to fit in, as Alcoholics Anonymous was their last hope.

Some were nonbelievers from the very beginning. Others, as the life-saving “personality change” in recovery took effect over time, abandoned a belief in God. Most felt unable to be honest at meetings. They often felt dismissed and rejected in the rooms of traditional AA. But they stayed, as so many do not. And survived. And are here today to share their stories.

The style and tone of each author is different. As Marya Hornbacher, author of Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power, says in the Foreword:

Do Tell! is a diverse and richly textured collection of recovery stories by non-believers… It is a book that would certainly have made a difference in the early days of my stumble toward sobriety and the Twelve Steps… It is also making a difference in my sobriety today.

Enjoy these wonderful stories of “experience, strength and hope” by atheists and agnostics in AA.

News flash: In 2018 a scholar based his doctoral dissertation, “Experiences of Atheists and Agnostics in Alcoholics Anonymous”, on Do Tell! Here are excerpts from his excellent dissertation, submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2020: An Academic Analysis of Do Tell!


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