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Another Week Ends: Recovering Small Groups, the Problem with Happiness, Metrics of Judgment, Masculine #Seculosity, Love at L’Arche, and 20 Years of “All Star”

1. In the first slot this week, Christianity Today published Kent Dunnington’s reflections on small groups and AA: Small Groups Anonymous: Why the best church small groups might take their cues from the Twelve Steps. An in-depth look at how AA works and why most small groups fail to transform character and practice, Dunnington’s piece […]

Grace in Addiction: Stanley Runs Into Barbed Wire

Continuing with our series of previews of our recent publication Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody, here’s a section from the chapter having to do with Step 7, i.e. “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.” An important part of parenting comes when the parent makes a mistake. Perhaps tempers […]

Now Available! Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody

We are beyond excited to announce the release of our new publication, Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody by John Z! Years in the making, this book is the most substantial–and dare I say practical–project that Mockingbird has ever done. The official blurb goes like this:

Church basements are curious places. Playing host to the vibrant world of Twelve Step Recovery, they witness the sort of healing and redemption that would make those on the ground floor proud, and maybe even envious. Yet despite the Church and Alcoholics Anonymous both being in the business of bringing “hope to the hopeless”, the two worlds seldom seem to interact. Packed with vivid illustrations, good humor, and practical wisdom, Grace in Addiction attempts to bridge this divide and carry the unexpected good news of AA out of the basement and into the pews–and beyond! Highly recommended for anyone who has struggled with addiction, knows someone who has struggled with addiction, or spent any time living and/or breathing.

*Not to be confused with the Grace in Addiction pamphlet that Mockingbird published in 2010. That one provided some of the basis and inspiration for this one, but it was 30 pages, as opposed to 285!

To read an excerpt of the introduction, go here. There are also some preview pages available on Amazon–where the book is available for purchase–though please note: Mbird receives quite a bit more revenue if you order directly from CreateSpace.


The Twelve and Twelve on True Ambition, AKA Won’t You Serve Him (Cheesus)?

A beautiful passage about what it means to have a spiritual “awakening,” taken from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions: “Still more wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy. Not many of us can be leaders of […]

Lessons From an Atheist in Freefall (and his Farting Dog)

There’s nothing business-as-usual about Mark Salzman’s multimedia piece at the New York Public Library, “An Atheist in Freefall,” at least according to Beatrice Marovich’s highly intriguing review in Religion Dispatches. Coming from a long line of nonbelievers, Salzman found the more overtly humanistic elements to be overwhelming and crisis-inducing – after all, who wants that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grace In Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous

A few excerpts from the introduction to our brand-new publication, Grace in Addiction, now available for purchase at Magcloud. We are very excited about this: Update: we’ve expanded this pamphlet into a fantastic full-length book, Grace in Addiction, by John Z. It’s available here. Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps, and the world of recovery at large […]

Drunk Ecclesiology: The 9th Tradition Of Alcoholics Anonymous

From Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions: “Did anyone ever hear of a nation, a church, a political party, even a benevolent association that had no membership rules? Did anyone ever hear of a society which couldn’t somehow discipline its members and enforce obedience to necessary rules and regulations? …Power to direct or govern is the […]

A Quick One From AA

“The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.” (Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 21-22)