Design For Living – Daily Meditations on the 12 Steps of A.A. for Atheists & Agnostics
The 12 Steps are the foundation of A.A.’s program of recovery, and five of those steps are based on God. Since A.A. describes itself as a spiritual Fellowship, many new to A.A. are confused why a Christian God lies at the center of the 12 Steps, and may mistakenly assume that believing in God is required to participate in A.A. and recover from alcoholism.
In Design For Living—Daily Meditations on the 12 Steps of A.A. for Atheists & Agnostics, life-long atheist Alex M. shares how anyone, regardless of their beliefs, can achieve sobriety through the 12 Steps of A.A. His approach compliments his companion book Daily Reprieve—A.A. for Atheists & Agnostics, in which he discusses how atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists and non-Christians can use the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous as an effective recovery guide.
Design For Living 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 consists of the author’s experience working through each of the 12 Steps. The last section contains a sample copy of an eight-week Step Study Guide.
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.