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

Notes

These Principles

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2002), 82
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous, 25  
  3. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1984), 125 
  4. Ibid., 106
  5. Ibid., 113 
  6. Letter, 1954, quoted in As Bill Sees It (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1967), 95
  7. See The Language of the Heart (New York: The AA Grapevine, Inc., 1988), 305
  8. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 125
  9. Alcoholics Anonymous, Foreword to First Edition, xiii
  10. See Practice These Principles and What Is the Oxford Group (Center City: Hazelden, 1997)
  11. See William C. Mattison III, Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008), Chapter 1
  12. Alcoholics Anonymous, 59
  13. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 55
  14. Ibid., 58  
  15. Andrew Murray, Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness (Bloomington, IN: Bethany House Publishers, 2001), 17
  16. Alcoholics Anonymous, 64
  17. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 50
  18. See The Language of the Heart, 93
  19. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 184 
  20. Ibid., 130
  21. Ibid., 106
  22. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV) 

In All Our Affairs: Emotional Sobriety 

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous, 27
  2. Ibid., 25
  3. Ibid., 84
  4. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 106–107
  5. Robert C. Roberts, Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2007), 11
  6. Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
  7. Alcoholics Anonymous, 66
  8. Ibid., 83
  9. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
  10. Grapevine, January 1958, reprinted in The Language of the Heart, 237, and in Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier (New York: The AA Grapevine, Inc., 2006), 2
  11. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 114
  12. Ibid., 116

Step One 

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1957), 13
  2. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 24
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous, 58
  4. See As Bill Sees It (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1967), 17
  5. See As Bill Sees It, 217
  6. Alcoholics Anonymous, 34 
  7. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 199, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 209
  8. See As Bill Sees It, 118
  9. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 70
  10. Ibid., 72–73
  11. Ibid., 75
  12. Letter, 1966, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 211
  13. Hebrews 11:32–34 and 2 Corinthians 12:10 (KJV)

Step Two: The Will to Disbelieve

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous, 60
  2. Ibid., 45
  3. Romans 7:19 (KJV)
  4. Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2009), 55–56
  5. Alcoholics Anonymous, 49
  6. Nancy Pearcey, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005), 59
  7. Ibid., 59–60
  8. See Christopher Peterson and Martin E.P. Seligman, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (New York: Oxford University Pres, 2004)
  9. Pearcey, 176
  10. Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (New York: Free Press, 2007), 165
  11. Rodney Stark, For the Glory of God (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004), 198–199
  12. Ian G. Barbour, When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners? (New York: HarperCollins, 2000), 24
  13. Stark, 194
  14. Dinesh D’Souza, Life After Death (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2009), 65
  15. Stark, 197
  16. Alcoholics Anonymous, 53
  17. Ibid., 48 
  18. Gerald L. Schroeder, God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (New York: Harper Collins, 2009), 219
  19. John Polkinghorne, Belief in God in an Age of Science (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 122
  20. Robert J. Spitzer, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010), 17, 48
  21. Ibid., 79
  22. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
  23. Alcoholics Anonymous, 49
  24. Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 74
  25. Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers, 2nd Edition (Readers Library, 2000), 14
  26. “A Scientist Caught Between Two Faiths: Interview with Robert Jastrow, Christianity Today, August 6, 1982
  27. Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)
  28. D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, 131
  29. Barbour, 30
  30. Geisler and Turek, 116 
  31. Schroeder, 151
  32. Ibid.
  33. Ibid., 91
  34. Ibid., 226
  35. Barbour, 29
  36. See Antony Flew, There Is No a God (New York: Harper One, 2007)
  37. Jastrow, God and the Astronomers, 105
  38. Geisler & Turek, 120
  39. D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, 272
  40. See Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2008), 218, and the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
  41. Alcoholics Anonymous, 53
  42. Mark 9:24 (KJV)
  43. Alcoholics Anonymous, 46
  44. Ibid., 47
  45. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 30
  46. Ibid., 30
  47. Alcoholics Anonymous, 50
  48. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1960), 163
  49. Timothy Keller, The Reason for God (New York: Dutton, Penguin Group, 2008), 53–54
  50. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 30
  51. Ibid., 31
  52. Ibid., 32 
  53. Ibid.
  54. See Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning (New York: Bantam Books, 2002)
  55. Alcoholics Anonymous, 28
  56. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 112

Step 2: Crossing the Threshold

  1. Ernest Kurtz, Not-God (Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1991), 70
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous, 48
  3. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 27
  4. Ibid., 27–28
  5. Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, 161
  6. Alcoholics Anonymous, 45
  7. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 262–263 
  8. Ibid., 264
  9. C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1984), August 1–5
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous, 55 
  11. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 311
  12. Alcoholics Anonymous, 58
  13. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith (New York: Doubleday, 1959), 19
  14. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 33 

Step Three:  The Turning Point 

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous, 60
  2. Ibid., 62
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: McMillan Publishing Co., 1962), 81
  7. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 39
  8. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 42
  9. Ibid., 49
  10. Roberts, Spiritual Emotions, 71 (see “In All Our Affairs” above, n. 5)
  11. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 46
  12. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 68
  13. Letter, 1959, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 159
  14. Letter, 1955, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 171
  15. Grapevine, June 1961, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 106
  16. Alcoholics Anonymous, 60
  17. Murray, Humility, 16–17
  18. Acts 17:28 (KJV)
  19. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 38
  20. Ibid., 39
  21. See C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven, July 3
  22. Ibid., March 17
  23. See Sam Shoemaker, Extraordinary Living for Ordinary Men (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 1970), 76
  24. Alcoholics Anonymous, 47
  25. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 109
  26. Alcoholics Anonymous, 50
  27. The World’s Last Night and Other Essays, cited in The Quotable Lewis (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989), 211
  28. Letter, 1966, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 162
  29. Letter, 1958, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 294
  30. Catechism of the Catholic Church (New York: Doubleday, 1995), 49
  31. James S. Spiegel, How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad: Living a Life of Christian Virtue (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2004), 190 

Step Three:  Working the Steps, Practicing the Principles 

  1. Spiegel, 190
  2. Phil. 2:12–13 (KJV)
  3. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 115
  4. Spiegel, 17
  5. Alcoholics Anonymous, 62
  6. Ibid., 63
  7. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 40
  8. Ibid., 34–35
  9. Alcoholics Anonymous, 63
  10. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 41
  11. See Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 196, and Pass It On (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1984), 252
  12. Eileen Flanagan, The Wisdom to Know the Difference (New York: Penguin Group, 2009), 6
  13. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 125
  14. See Mattison, p.189
  15. Quoted in Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg, The Promise of a New Day (Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1983), April 26
  16. Grapevine, March 1962, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 44
  17. Grapevine, March 1962, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 20
  18. Acceptance: The Way to Serenity and Peace of Mind (St. Meinrad, IN: Abbey Press, 1960), 5
  19. Alcoholics Anonymous, 407 (“Acceptance Was the Answer,” titled “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict” in the 3rd Edition, 439)
  20. Grapevine, June 1958, quoted in As Bill Sees It, 293
  21. Alcoholics Anonymous, 83–84
  22. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 99
  23. Ibid., 40
  24.  Ibid.