This captivating book provides a wide view of the world of agnostic / atheist AA. The first section is a set of “experience, strength and hope” stories similar to the second section of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. I found I could really relate to these stories!
There is a huge scope to the book: different interpretations of the 12 steps, book reviews, early and current history, and a dynamite section on the Lord’s Prayer. Did you know that the courts have repeatedly classed AA as a religious organization? Other paths to recovery are explored. There are several articles on the current practice of some Intergroups refusing to list agnostic meetings. Throughout the book, the theme is inclusiveness, not confrontation – that is very important. And the final section, Moving Forward: agnostic AA is alive and well and coming to a meeting near you, one meeting at a time. I really like the optimistic ending.
All the stories are well-written and readable. I found the book very useful in my own recovery thinking, and as a great reference for those inevitable discussions with my religious friends. I would highly recommend Don’t Tell to anyone at all interested in AA and the religious debate, whether a member of AA or a professional addiction worker. As Ernie Kurtz and Bill White put it in their Foreword: “Don’t Tell is an important book for anyone interested in the future of Alcoholics Anonymous and the future of alcoholism recovery.”
Don’t Tell: Stories and Essays by Agnostics and Atheists in AA, edited by Roger C., AA Agnostica, 2014, 290 pages.
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