Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery


Welcome to the website of the book Practice These Principles.

Much has been written about working the Steps and staying sober; little about practicing their principles and living sober. Our book and site hope to  help remedy that. Both are focused on exploring the wealth  of wisdom in that memorable phrase which concludes the  Twelve Steps: "practice these principles in all our affairs."

Though generally glossed over and misunderstood, those seven words are crucial. They mark the path that leads beyond not drinking toward achieving the three key goals of recovery in AA. These are spiritual growth, character development, and emotional sobriety. They are what will bring us the freedom and the joy of living that the program promises us.

If these goals have meaning for you and you are interested in how 12-Step recovery might help you work toward them, then you may wish to join us in this exploration, whether you are in AA, in another fellowship, have a religious affiliation, or have no affiliation at all.

This site will introduce you to the book and through a variety of features seek to widen and deepen our understanding and practice of the principles as they relate to our individual, everyday lives.

We hope that you will find the book and the site useful in your journey of recovery. This is a work in progress. Volume 2 of Practice These Principles is projected for publication in 2020.  

Minor posts to this site are added weekly; major posts monthly. Also, new material is added without notice to existing posts as additional helpful resources are found: quotes, meditations, books or chapters thereof, movies, videos and audios, and more.

You may also be interested in the Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest pages of Practice These Principles.

Recent Posts

05/30/20: "Spiritual Awakening: The Seeing Eye." An Update. In Spiritual Awakening.

05/23/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: The Man Who Mastered Fear. In Audios & Videos.

05/16/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: Jim's Story. In Audios & Videos.

05/09/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: The Vicious Cycle. In Audios & Videos.

04/30/20: Big Book Audios - Personal Stories: Our Southern Friend. In Audios & Videos.

04/26/20: Big Book Q&A Update. In Big Book Q&A.

04/18/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: Women Suffer Too. In Audios & Videos.

04/13/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: Gratitude in Action. In Audios & Videos.

04/11/20: When Going to Church Is Immoral: Religious rights and responsibilities in a pandemic. In Links: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science.

04/07/20: Ethics in a Pandemic Age: Beyond rules, rights, and responsibilities to grace, generosity, and gratitude. In Links: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science.

04/04/20: “Staying Sober During a Lockdown: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have moved from musty church basements to laptop screens in quarantine. Do they still work?” In Links: At the Public Level.

03/29/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: AA Number Three. In Audios & Videos.

03/28/20: The Media on AA & Other 12-Step Fellowship Meetings Amidst Coronavirus. In Links: At The Public Level. 

03/20/20: Big Book Audios – Personal Stories: Dr. Bob's Nightmare. In Audios & Videos.

03/17/20: AA Coronavirus Update: The Wilson House and Griffith Library in East Dorset, Vermont are closed to the public until further notice. All meetings, seminars and retreats are suspended. Stepping Stones, the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson in Katonah, NY has paused tours for the remainder of March.

03/16/20: AA Meetings & Coronavirus: Group Conscience Considerations

03/16/20: A.A. General Service Office Update on Visiting GSO Office

03/14/20: A.A. General Service Office Update on Meetings & the Rooms Re: Coronavirus COVID-19.

03/14/20: Big Book Audios – Chapter 11: A Vision for You. In Audios & Videos.

03/07/20: Big Book Audios – Chapter 10: To Employers. In Audios & Videos.

Now Reading: Treatise on the Virtues, by St. Thomas Aquinas, translated by John A. Oesterle.

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At a reader's request, most public libraries will be happy to stock Practice These Principles.