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


Welcome to the website of the books Practice These Principles.

Much has been written about working the Steps and staying sober; little about practicing their principles and living sober. Our books and site hope to help remedy that. Both are focused on exploring the wealth of wisdom in that memorable phrase that 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 or another fellowship or in no fellowship at all, and regardless of any religious affiliation or lack thereof.

This site will introduce you to the books 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.  

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, the last of which is in five languages besides English.

We hope you will find the books and the site useful in your journey of recovery. This is a work in progress. The second volume, on Step 4, was published July 4, 2021. Further volumes are planned on the rest of the Steps, the 12 Traditions, and the fellowship as it manifests itself in the rooms. The next volume is on Step 5, which is now being written one day at a time.

Kindle editions of PTP are available through Amazon worldwide. Besides the US, PTP paperback editions are available through Amazon in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, IndiaItaly, Japan, MexicoSpain, and the UK. For more information, see Book Orders.

Recent Posts

11/23/21: AA’s Thanksgiving Message

11/11/21: In Memoriam: Bob M., 04/26/41–11/04/21, beloved sponsor, 39 years sober. May he rest in peace. 

11/02/21: The Kindle edition of PTP4 is now available on Amazon.

10/27/21: Update: Quotes from and references to PTP4 passages will be integrated into posts on PTP’s new website, now being constructed and scheduled to go live in November.

10/11/21: Tradition 5. In Audios & Videos: 12&12 Audios.

9/26/21: Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects – Envy.

9/21/21: Appendix 3: Common Manifestations of Self: Defective Emotions – Resentment.

9/20/21: Nanci S., September 13, 2021, age 62, sober. May she rest in peace.

9/11/21: Remembering 9/11Keep the Memory Green, and PTP4 on courage, pp. 389–390.

8/27/21: Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects – Greed.

8/21/21: Appendix 3: Common Manifestations of Self: Defective Emotions – Fear

8/17/21: Thanks to the 1,208 participants in PTP4’s Goodreads Book Giveaway, which ended 08/16/21. Congratulations to the 12 winners. 

Now Reading: The Recovery Book, by Alfred J. Mooney

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