Dick Rice,Trish Vanni

The Twelve Steps Meet the Gospels

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Church basements have long been the home of twelve-step
recovery groups, where people who have felt hopeless and
alone find new hope and healing in the midst of a supportive
community of witnesses who have been there and
know that there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Sharing coffee
and conversation, real recovery begins.
This is much the same witness the early church made when disciples
went out forming communities where the gospel was shared and
bread was broken. This book, a remarkably fresh and unique “take” on
the Scriptures, shows what could happen if that deeply spiritual sharing
moved “upstairs,” into the body of the church.
The authors, both in recovery themselves, bring their experience,
strength, and hope to their reflections on Scripture. Organized loosely
around the seasons of the liturgical year, their interpretations shed
fresh light and power on stories we've heard many, many times. Their
distinctive viewpoint will strike responsive chords not just with those in
recovery, but with anyone who has ever felt out of place, out of step, or
somehow set adrift in today's world. Filled with wisdom, compassion,
and humor, The Twelve Steps Meet the Gospel is a testament to the hope
and joy that Scripture reveals, cast in human terms that speak to us all.
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