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Do Tell!: Stories By Atheists and Agnostics in AA by [C., Roger]
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As AA Historian Ernie Kurtz put it, “Storytelling is the essential dynamic of AA.” Do Tell! contains thirty stories – an equal number by women and men – by atheists and agnostics who tell us “what it was like, what happened and what it’s like now” as they made their way to a life of long-term sobriety within the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is in sharing our “experience, strength and hope” in recovery that we are able to help others within our Fellowship. There are today far too few stories by and about nonbelievers within “traditional” AA, which all too often is overtly and overly religious. Thus this book, a “richly textured collection of recovery stories by non-believers... a book that would certainly have made a difference in the early days of my stumble toward sobriety”. (From the Foreword by Marya Hornbacher, author of Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power) As the Introduction to Do Tell! puts it, the book gives a voice to atheists and agnostics who often feel isolated within the rooms of AA and is one more step towards reshaping the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aa Agnostica; 1 edition (May 12 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This book hopefully forshadows what AA in the future will look like. A resounding push to question the status quo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alcoholics Recover Without God May 22 2015
By Neil F - Published on Amazon.com
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This book fills what was a major gap in AA Recovery Literature.

Over the years, there have been an abundance of stories documenting the recovery of believers but the stories of recovering atheists, agnostics and free thinkers has, for the most part been ignored. Even worse, many such prospects have approached AA over the years and left discouraged when they were told their only hope for recovery was through acceptance of a god. Many may have died before finding like minded role models.

"Do Tell" sets the record straight. Since the earliest days of AA, atheists and agnostics have recovered in AA without ever coming to believe in a god. "Do Tell" relates the personnal stories of 30 current members of AA who identify as atheist or agnostic. This is a small sample of the many who, over the years, have not relied on a god for their sobriety.

If you have a problem with alcohol or for that matter any other addiction, do not be discouraged by the fact that some will claim you must find god to recover. The facts speak clearly through the stories in "Do Tell."

I highly recommend this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you’re an atheist or agnostic in AA, this book will help you feel connected to and part of Alcoholics Anonymous. May 30 2015
By John S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an important book because in Alcoholics Anonymous our stories are important. In telling them, we are reminded of who we are and where we’ve been, and in hearing the stories of others we forge the bonds upon which our sobriety is built.

In the forward, Marya Hornbacher writes, “These stories show us that the language of the Steps is not enough to keep us out if we want in. Underneath the black and white of the print on the page, the principles exist – dynamic, subject to interpretation, always in flux, and not listed anywhere in the traditional literature, so far as I can find”.

If you’re an atheist or agnostic in AA, this book will help you feel connected to and part of Alcoholics Anonymous. You will find your story within the stories contained in this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems rushed, but not bad Nov. 2 2015
By Amy G. - Published on Amazon.com
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I know these are stories written by numerous people, but I wish the editing was better. The sentiments expressed in the personal accounts written here are good, but I found it somewhat difficult to get past the lack of punctuation and poor grammar throughout the book, even in the forward. I was glad to find a compilation of agnostic/atheist experiences with AA (including these individuals' difficulties with the program, and their adaptations to it), but this could've been a much better book with better editing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any alcoholic, atheist or not May 30 2015
By Enzie - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading this last night. Unbelievable stories! I have never felt so certain that I belonged in AA as I did when I was turning these pages. Knowing there are others out there who think and believe as I do, but who also believe that Alcoholics Anonymous is the best route to sobriety, is extremely comforting and reaffirms my own desire to stay sober. It's about time!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time! May 26 2015
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It is so nice to know all the various paths that one can follow to belong as a full fledged member in AA without a belief in an omnipotent god. Too long have we kept still about our beliefs in order to try to fit in.