Finally, daily reflections for everyone!
Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life is the first secular addiction/recovery 24-hour-a-day book.
As of January 2016, we now find Beyond Belief, our daily reflection (paperback and/or eBook), on over 5,000 bed-side tables, reading nooks, tablets and smartphones. Beyond Belief reads in a present-day vernacular. Nothing is sacred nor forbidden in this unabashed look at 12 Step/12 Tradition culture.
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Because some see recovery as a "spiritual" journey and others stick to a secular cause and effect, this 24-hour-a-day book does not hype or dismiss any worldview. Beyond Belief is a book about the struggles and wonder of life after process and substance abuse. Are you or someone you're thinking about "freethinker" enough for Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life? Enjoy this short book-trailer to learn more about why Beyond Belief isn't your Aunt Lucy's daily devotional.
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We never expected to be a best-seller but as an indie-publisher we are delighted. The first few thousand to adapt to anything new are critical partners to success. Thank-you. To celebrate, visit our bookstore page or Amazon.com. You can now get the eBook + Paperback for $US 20.00.
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Now with more bite and less dogma, Beyond Belief is a fresh approach to an age-old problem. The year 2016 marks 40 years clean and sober for author Joe C. He hasn't been sitting around in his recovery. He's been writing music, economic and addiction/recovery lifestyle magazines articles since 1988. The Second Printing of Beyond Belief now includes a Foreword by Ernest Kurtz PhD. Click on his name for more on the works by Ernie Kurtz.
Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life, by Joe C., 2013 Paperback: 410 pages, 6 x 9 x 0.8 (ISBN: 978-0-9881157-0-5) The eBook is available as ePub, PDF or for Kindles (ISBN: 978-0-9881157-1-2).
Recent praise for Beyond Belief:
This is the most stimulating book of daily meditations (or 'musings', as the author describes them) that I have seen. Leaving aside the question of just how stimulating a daily meditation should be (some people like a gentle approach), any book that contains quotes (there's one per day) from Mother Theresa, Leonard Cohen, the Dalai Lama, Woody Allan and Nietzsche is going to keep me turning the pages.
Almost everything about the book looks ground breaking and thought provoking, from its interactive format ( on the Kindle version you can for example, browse through a hundred or so linked topics such as 'Brain Chemistry', 'Gratitude' or 'Zen'), to its edgy literary style: 'to err is human, to expect perfection would be a wee bit nuts' or 'life sucks and then you die', which seems in marked contrast to the resonant prose of the founding fathers. Even the publishers (Rebellion Dogs Publishing) sound like they're on a mission to change the world.
It is therefore quite comforting when you start reading, to realise that the book's tone is remarkably open, liberal and un-dogmatic; starting from the premise that 'there is nothing sacred about the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, they were written by our Founders in the language of the day', the author takes us through a 365 day recovery journey from an agnostic point of view.
'Addiction doesn't discriminate', he says 'and recovery language shouldn't discriminate either. ..... Believers get clean and sober, non-believers do too.....everyone's experience matters'.
The book addresses in a very welcome manner the question that is often discussed in recovery circles - how, if at all, should the message of the Founding Fathers be adapted to the needs of the twenty first century? In his preface, the author talks of the attitude changes that have happened over the eighty odd years since the message was first heard, focusing on belief and spirituality.
He makes clear that while he sees as outdated the rather black or white views on God that feature in for example, the Big Book, he recognises as indeed did Bill W, that these are merely recommendations and not dogma. The author seeks to adapt these, in a non confrontational way, into a holistic view of spirituality that covers philosophy, agnosticism and humanism on a 'pick and mix' basis. In my view he is successful and the result is a hugely rewarding and at times challenging book that will appeal to anyone regardless of origin, background or belief because it is in that sense, beyond belief. Christopher Burn, writer, psychotherapist, blogger, United Kingdom
"This delightful book of daily reflections was written for those seeking a sober life but are unbelievers, free thinkers and EVERYONE.
The author garners quotes from a wide range of writers and thinkers i.e. Socrates, Bertrand Russell, Scott Peck, Oprah Winfrey and Bill W. The author is clearly widely read, an autodidact and scholar of life, who asks probing and challenging questions as to what the reader is doing, thinking or practicing in their life. I have recommended Beyond Belief to clients who are attempting to lead a sober life as well as those who face the challenges of 'life'."
Wray Pascoe, Ph.D., Family Therapist Clinical Fellow AAMFT, Gimli Manitoba
"Thanks so much for Beyond Belief! I am using it daily as part of my recovery support system and am appreciating the diversity of quotations and the comments on those quotations. I especially like the questions at the end which take me further into the material and inform my quiet times. Thanks for making the huge effort to put all that together. I really appreciate it. Kind regards." Pat H. UK,
Melissa D., Clinical Psychologist, California says, "I have never seen a daily devotional book written for agnostics. I found the readings to be extremely thought provoking. I wonder sometimes since there is such talk about God at meetings, what kind of turn-off that must be for agnostics. I think this book will be very helpful to both the newcomer and the mature 12 Step member."
Bob K, contributor to AAagnositca.org says, "I expected his book to be good. It's WAY, WAY better than good. The book is outstanding. Two decades of not being a 'daily reflections' kind of guy, are over. Now I have reflections worth reflecting over! Buy this book or you will suffer a horrible and painful death! Well, maybe not, but you'll be missing out on something very good."
Michel D. says, "AA can, and must, adapt to changing circumstances and Bill Wilson was the first one to admit it. Unfortunately, members who have come after him are more zealous than our first members. We have seen this dogmatism in history before of course, especially in religion. This is a very slippery slope. I really like the fact that these reflections are for anyone who has an open mind. It does not cater to a specific group to the exclusion of others. "
Denis K. says, "Many thanks for this great book; my Monday night group and I are having some great discussions related to the daily musings both at the group and often during the week over coffee. All of us were quickly losing interest in the local meetings; Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life gave all of us a much needed spark that has renewed our interest in the fellowship."
In 140 characters or less, we heard from United Church Minister, author and atheist Gretta Vosper from her Twitter Feed, @grettavosper:
"Phenomenal book you wrote. I have shared it often. Thank you for being so generous with your wisdom."
Gretta Vosper was recently in the news on Faith Street which you can read about Progressive Christianity.
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