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

Site Map


About the Books

About PTP Steps 1,2, 3

About PTP Step 4

About the Author

Book Features PTP123

These Principles

Spiritual in Nature

Disciplines and Virtues

The Disciplines

The Virtues

Virtue & Character

In All Our Affairs

On Emotional Sobriety

Outlook & Motivation

Character & Emotions

Emotion-Virtues: Gratitude

Principles & Practice

Step One


A Humble Admission

Step Two

The Will to Disbelieve

Religion & Spirituality

Experience & Experiment

Step Three

The Turning Point

Right Dependence


Suggested Readings

Book Features – PTP4

Step Four

Taking Inventory


Character: The Concept

Virtue: The Concept

Website Features

Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening: The Concept

The Seeing Eye

The Caring Heart

Character Defects







Emotional Sobriety




Practice & Habit

Practice These

Virtue: The Concept

The Virtue of Acceptance

The Virtue of Compassion

The Virtue of Faith

The Virtue of Forgiveness

The Virtue of Generosity

The Virtue of Gratitude

The Virtue of Honesty

The Virtue of Hope

The Virtue of Humility

The Virtue of Justice

The Virtue of Kindness

The Virtue of Open-mindedness

The Virtue of Patience 
    In All Our Affairs: Practicing Patience

The Virtue of Perseverance

The Virtue of Serenity

The Virtue of Simplicity

The Virtue of Temperance

The Virtue of Tolerance

The Virtue of Willingness

The Virtue of Wisdom

The Discipline of Confession

The Discipline of Self-examination

     In All Our Affairs: Practicing Self-examination 

The Discipline of Surrender

Reflections in Recovery

Step 8: It's Not Just About the List

"I'm Ray, and I'm an Alcoholic"

A New Pair of Glasses

Can I Put You on Hold?

AA and the Oxford Group

"Watch Your Mouth": Cursing in Meetings

"And When We Were Wrong"

Q&C: People Pleasing

One Pedal at a Time

Attraction Rather Than Promotion

Truth? What Is Truth?

A Longing Transformed

How Important Is It?

"Bill W. and Dr. Bob”: Your Story and Mine

Keep the Memory Green

Second Thoughts: Decisions, Reason, and Emotion

Man Knows not His Time

Dying to Self, or Ego Deflation

Experience, Strength, and Hope

When We Change

Love and Service

The Slogans of Step 3

Surrender: Transitive and Intransive

"I'm Grateful to Be Sober, But . . ."

Billy’s Death

Religion and Spirituality: The Matter of Obedience 

Big Book Q&A

AA History Timeline

     Joe's Woes and the First AA Group at a Hospital

Audios & Videos

Best Recovery Books

Best AA Books

Best 12-Step Meditation Books

Ray's Book Reviews

Powerless Over Alcohol: An Objection and a Response

Back to Vice and Sin

The Little Black Book

The Recovery Bible: A Convenient Anthology

Practice What You Preach

The Emotional Brain: Character, Personality, and Temperament

A Tale of Two Cities: Akron, NY, and The Book That Started It All

Of Mice and Men: The Power of Habit and AA

The Power of Habit and AA: Big Book Move Over

Intellectual Virtues in Recovery

Social Media 


Book Orders

Contact Us