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 2016. 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.

 Daily Bread

I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a
part of Heaven itself
.” – C.S. Lewis

Recent Posts

05/05/16: Dr. Earle M., author of Big Book story “Physician Heal Thyself” and one of Bill W.’s sponsees. In “Audios & Videos”

04/30/16: Quote & Comment: People-Pleasing, in "Reflections"

04/20/16: The Virtue of Temperance, in Practice These"

04/03/16: Marty M. – “Women Suffer Too.” AA Pioneer and one of the first women to join the fellowship. In "Audios & Videos"

03/31/16: One Pedal at a Time, in "Reflections"

03/01/16: “Jim B. – A.A. Pioneer.” The agnostic who came up with “as we understood Him.” In "Audios & Videos"

Now Reading:
The Big Question: Why We Can't Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God, by Alister E. McGrath
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