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

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. 

7/31/21: Note to Readers.

7/19/21: Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects – Pride. On link or sidebar's Step Four subtab.

7/16/21: Appendix 3: Common Manifestations of Self: Defective Emotions – Anger. On link or sidebar's Step Four subtab.

7/15/21: Click on Goodreads Book Giveaway to win one of 12 copies of PTP4. Open to readers in the U.S. and Canada starting July 17 and ending August 16, 2021. 

7/14/21: Appendix 2: Inventory Type B: Harm Done by Me – Guide. On link or sidebar's Step Four subtab.

7/12/21: Appendix 1: Inventory Type A: Harm Done to Me – Guide. On link or sidebar's Step Four subtab.

7/09/21: PTP4’s Table of Contents. On link or sidebar's Step Four main tab.

7/05/21: Practice These Principles Step 4 was published July 4, 2021.

The paperback version is now available on Amazon and will be available through other retailers soon. The digital version will be available on Amazon shortly. For further information, go to the sidebar and click on About the Books and Book Orders. On the sidebar also, click on Step Four subtabs to read brief introductory excerpts from the book’s Preface and from chapters of its four main parts: Taking Inventory, Emotions, Character Defects, Corrective Virtues. For a list of PTP4 Suggested Readings, click on the subtab of that item on the sidebar. For more, click on the “Look inside” feature of the book's Amazon page. 

Now Reading: What We Can't Not Know: A Guide, J. Budziszewski.

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