Daily Reprieve – A.A. for Atheists & Agnostics
How does an alcoholic get sober in A.A. if they do not believe in God?
A.A. considers itself a spiritual Fellowship, yet God saturates the pages of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, the A.A. Daily Reflections meditation book, and the atmosphere of many A.A. meeting rooms. As a life-long atheist, the author shares his experience on how the Big Book can be used as a guideline for recovery. Atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists and non-Christians often rush to dismiss A.A. due to all the “God stuff” and Christian language permeating the book. Do not be discouraged. Anyone and everyone can get sober and find a new way of life in A.A., regardless of their beliefs.
Daily Reprieve is divided into three parts. The Preface provides some background on the author and his experience, along with information about the content of the book. The Daily Meditation section divides the basic text of the Big Book into 365 parts, followed by a secular reflective Consideration and action-based Question for each day of the year. The last section, Various Musings, contains some of the author’s personal thoughts.
About Alex M. (Louisville, Kentucky Author)
Alex M. is a retired physician and life-long atheist living in the Midwest where he got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous in 2006. Since so many newcomers flee A.A. because of its God-centric focus, Alex believes his responsibility is to share his experience on how recovery can be attained through the A.A. Fellowship, its 12 Step program and the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous whether or not one believes in God.
He has written five books about A.A. and had over a dozen articles published in the A.A. Grapevine magazine. Alex is an Ivy League college English Major and avid reader, loves pre-Code Hollywood films, relaxes by gardening and wood-turning, and lives with two headstrong rescue cats in a farmhouse built in 1842.