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Religious Prejudice and Alcoholic Resurrections

A particularly memorable section of “Bill’s Story,” in which Bill Wilson, primary author of The Big Book and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, recounts what it was like to begin thinking about religious ideas afresh, in light of the significant internal resistance/baggage incurred by negative experiences he’d had with the church as a youth. The occasion […]

Another Week Ends: Terry Eagleton, Nar-Anon, Crazy Stupid Love, Pottermore, Depression No-No’s, Drones, Speidi & Achtung Baby

1. Over at PatrolMag, David Sessions posted a terrific interview with British literary critic Terry Eagleton concerning, among other things, “Capitalism and the West’s Existential Crisis.” The occasion for the interview is the release of Eagleton’s new book on Marxism. Of course, Eagleton is not your garden variety Marxist (thank God), and regardless of your […]

Give Up, Charlie Sheen!

But alas, the exhortation to “give up” does not engender the ability, nor the desire, to “give up.” We’ve posted bits and pieces on Charlie Sheen’s very public, very unfortunate meltdown before, but one might argue that Thursday the “bottoming out process” began. CBS has halted production on Sheen’s successful TV show, Two-and-a-Half-Men, in response […]

Another Week Ends: Yancey on AA, Whit Stillman, Dawn Treader and Ron Swanson

1. A great little interview with evangelical author Philip Yancey on CNN about his new book What Good Is God?, in which he responds to one of our all-time favorite questions, i.e: What can churches learn from AA? Yancey: Two lessons stand out sharply to me: radical honesty and radical dependence. Alcoholics Anonymous members can […]

The Original Manuscript of AA’s Big Book

From yesterday’s Washington Post, an article about the publication of the original, annotated Big Book entitled “AA Original Manuscript Reveals Profound Debate Over Religion.” We couldn’t have asked for a better advertisement for our recent publication Grace in Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous, which picks up the topic and runs with […]

Grace In Addiction: Extremes, Free Will and Sobriety

One more excerpt from our recent publication Grace in Addiction: What The Church Can Learn from Alcoholics Anonymous. To order your copy, click here, or for more excerpts, click here. Martin Luther’s biographer Roland Bainton once wrote in his classic volume Here I Stand: Those who are predisposed to fall into despondency as well as […]

Another Week Ends: Grace at the ESPYs, Steinbrenner, More AA, Unhappy Parents, Inception

1. A stop-you-in-your-tracks story of grace and forgiveness from the recent ESPN awards, The ESPYs, about the family of high school football coach Ed Thomas. What appears to be one thing turns out to be quite another. Just be absolutely sure to watch past the 9:30 mark (huge ht to Brad Erwin): 1a. Not nearly […]

Grace In Addiction: What AA Can Learn From The Church

All of the other excerpts we’ve posted from our new publication, Grace In Addiction, have dealt with what the church can learn from Alcoholics Anonymous. Of course, it is not a one-way street. So we thought we’d post a portion of the inverse section toward the end of the pamphlet “What AA Can Learn From […]

Bill Wilson, AA, and the Gospel of Disempowerment

The NY Times recently published an absolute knockout of an editorial by David Brooks, entitled “Bill Wilson’s Gospel”  wherein some of the counter-intuitive virtues of Alcoholics Anonymous are extolled. A few choice paragraphs include (ht MZ): In a culture that generally celebrates empowerment and self-esteem, A.A. begins with disempowerment. The goal is to get people […]

David Foster Wallace on Addiction, America and Any Book Later Than Dostoyevsky

Perhaps the high point of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, David Lipsky’s book-length interview with author David Foster Wallace (quoted here, here and here), finds Wallace coming clean about how the G-O-D question relates to his work. Once again, addiction serves as his preferred point of access to the subject of personal […]

Still Bob, Still Sober: More from Grace in Addiction

Another plug for our publication, Grace In Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous. For those of you who have yet to pick it up, do so now! Here’s a truncated version of a section that deals with matters of sanctification: In Christianity, the term “sanctification” refers to the way in which God’s […]

Grace In Addiction: AA on Weakness and Spiritual Growth

Two more small excerpts from our recent publication Grace In Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous. To order your copy, go here. And for two more previews go here and here: The first of the Twelve Steps requires the “admission of powerlessness”; the addict cannot gain access to sobriety without traveling through […]