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

Suggested Readings

Basic AA Texts

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2002.

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1957.

As Bill Sees It. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1967.

Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2008.

Pass It On. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1995.

The Language of the Heart. New York: The AA Grapevine, Inc., 1988.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2002.

Other AA and Recovery Literature

Practice These Principles and What Is the Oxford Group. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1997.

Twenty-Four Hours a Day. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1983.

The Virtues

Kreeft, Peter, Back to Virtue. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992.

Mattison III, William C., Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008.

Murray, Andrew, Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness. Bloomington, IN: Bethany House Publishers, 2001.

Roberts, Robert C., Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2007.

Spiegel, James S., How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad: Living a Life of Christian Virtue. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2004.

Spirituality and Religion 

Keller, Timothy, The Reason for God. New York: Dutton, Penguin Group, 2008.

Kurtz, Ernest, and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. New York: Bantam Books, 2002.

Reason, Science, and Faith 

Barbour, Ian G., When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners? New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Collins, Francis S., The Language of God. New York: Free Press, Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Geisler, Norman L., and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004.

McGrath, Alister, The Twilight of Atheism. New York: Doubleday, 2006.

Polkinghorne, John, Belief in God in an Age of Science. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Schroeder, Gerald L., God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along. New York: Harper Collins, 2009.


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