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 the 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 (Steps 4, 5, 6, 7) is projected  for publication in 2017. Another two volumes are projected  for later publication: Volume 3 (Steps 8, 9, 10) and Volume 4 (Steps 11 & 12, The Traditions, The Rooms).

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 Goodreads, Facebook, and Google+ pages of Practice These Principles, to which links are given below.

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

Recent Posts

03/18/17: “The Fantasy of Addiction,” a journalist's critique of the disease concept of addiction, and “Drunk on Heresy,” readers’ response, in At the Public Level, in “Links”

03/07/17: Big Book Q&A Update, in "Big Book Q&A"

02/18/17: A Day at Dr. Bob’s.” An AA member’s visit to Dr. Bob’s house and other AA historic sites in Akron. In “Audios & Videos.”

02/01/17: "Watch Your Mouth": Cursing in Meetings. In "Reflections."  

01/28/17: "Bill Wilson's Gospel." Columnist David Brooks reflects on AA and "scientific" approaches to alcoholism and drug addiction. In "Links": At the Public Level.

01/13/17: “Clarence Snyder, 1982.” Dr. Bob’s sponsee, Clarence helped write the Big Book and penned its story “Home Brewmeister.” In “Audios & Videos.”

01/11/17: Our thanks to the 546 people who participated in the Practice These Principles Book Giveaway, who added the book to their "To Read" list, and who started to follow us on Goodreads. Books were shipped to the winners January 10, 2017. Happy reading to all.

Now Reading:
Emotional Sobriety II, by Grapevine Inc.
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