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. We would like to make Practice These Principles a better tool for doing just what the title proposes. Your sharing and suggestions are welcome.

  Daily Bread

Listening to Beethoven’s Fifth, you get the feeling there’s something right with the world, something that checks throughout, something that follows its own laws consistently, something we can trust, that will never let us down.” 
– Leonard Bernstein

Recent Posts

07/28/15: Big Book Q&A update, in Big Book Q&A

06/23/15: Stepping Stones, home of Bill and Lois, designated National Historic Landmark. In “Links,” Alcoholics Anonymous 

06/17/15: The Virtue of Courage, in "Practice These"

05/16/15: “Bill W." A Documentary about the Co-founder of Alcoholics
The real story, with no hype, glitz, or melodrama. In “Links,” Audios & Videos

04/29/15: The Discipline of Self-examination, in "Practice These"

04/12/15: “AA: America’s Gift to the World.” Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy tells
the story of AA (BBC Radio, 04/06/15). In “Links,” Audios & Videos 

04/06/15: Author of Twenty-Four Hours a Day shares his experience, strength
and hope.
In “Links,” Audios & Videos 

Now Reading:
 God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason, edited by Thomas V. Morris
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Hometown area AAsPractice These Principles is available at public libraries in W_______ (Tinker) and S_______ (Washington off Main)