Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life
Beyond Belief, the first secular daily reflection book for addicts/alcoholics, treats skepticism and atheism as neither handicaps nor a higher plane. Written in a contemporary vernacular, these 365 daily musings are a refreshing look at recovery and addiction, today. In year-one on the market, Beyond Belief has found a home in 1,500 mobile devices, bedside tables and 12-Step meeting routines. More
Daily reflection books have been part of Twelve Step culture since the 1950s. Of the 800,000 daily devotionals bough each year, there are specialty books for women, men, young people, codependents, process or substance addiction-specific readers and beginners. Beyond Belief is the first that is written to include skeptics, humanists, atheists and agnostics. Nonbelievers are the fastest growth demographic of faith according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Finally, nonbelievers are included in the addiction/recovery discussion.
However, Beyond Belief doesn't treat a natural vs. supernatural worldview as superior or as an ultimate truth. As John McAndrew, MA, MDiv, director of Sensible Spirituality Associates says, "Thank you Joe, for this wonderful place to begin each day. No arguments about God, no belief systems to defend or attack- just a wealth of rich, thoughtful reflections."
Every daily reflection in Beyond Belief starts with a quote. The source may be a philosopher, writer, psychologist, addiction/recovery professional, comedian, historical figure or member of the Twelve Step community—past or present. Our founders didn't ask us to canonize their memory and preserve their words as the alpha and omega of recovery. They conceded that they "knew but a little" and that "more would be revealed". They urged us to prepare our fellowship for tomorrow's newcomer, never fearing needed change. Joe C has met this challenge.
For 365 days of the year Beyond Belief draws upon classic philosophy to pop-culture to create a truly 21st century daily reflection book for everyone. The eBook version of Beyond Belief is the modern tool one would expect from this millennium. There are over 1,000 hyperlinks to and from end notes, from the Index to musings on over 100 recovery/addiction topics and an extensive bibliography.
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