A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z.

By Phillip Z.

What percentage folks have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the concept that of a better energy. In A Skeptic's advisor to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to realize a deeper figuring out of a better strength. He examines what could seem like "unsettling" techniques to us together with surrendering one's will and existence to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the religious trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.

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I was shocked every time I heard it. If that wasn't enough to challenge my assumptions about these "true believers," I noticed everyone else in the room roaring with laughter and nodding in agreement every time she repeated it. What the hell was going on here? One minute these people were praying to Page 19 God and the next they were laughing at a member's irreverent telling of her difficulty with God talk. When the speaker finished, others in the room took turns talking. Each person began by saying his or her name and then declaring he or she was a compulsive overeater.

Naturally, I wanted to know what the people there did to take the weight off and keep it off. So I spoke to several of them about what I should do about my food intake. Some suggested cutting sugar and white flour out of my diet; others said I should eat three weighed-and-measured meals a day with nothing in between. Nearly everyone I spoke to said I had to be willing to make achieving and maintaining abstinence the top priority in my life. It was suggested that I find a food sponsor, a person who could show me more about how the program works and help me make a food plan.

Her explanation that Overeaters Anonymous did not charge any fees shocked me. Having been raised in a family where suspicion of strangers was a fundamental rule of life, I became wary at what appeared to be an offer of something for nothing. My years of experience trying to lose weight had led to the reasonable conclusion that all methods of weight loss carried a price tag. Diet books can make millions of dollars for their authors; some weight-loss programs are so successful that they sell stock on Wall Street.

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