Willpower is not enough. You need more, and that more is a Higher Power.
Every recovering alcoholic or addict--regardless of length of sobriety--will reach a time when the only thing that stands between him or her and picking up a drink or drug will be a personal relationship with a Higher Power.This book is an invitation to explore and nurture that relationship.
Reconnecting with the Christian roots of Alcoholics Anonymous, Higher Power combines classic biblical teaching, spiritual formation, and contemporary 12-Step practice. Higher Power
is an excellent resource for anyone in recovery seeking to develop a personal relationship with a loving and merciful God. [Doug Himes] knows his Bible. He knows his Big Book. And he knows a multitude of quotations relevant to the way out. Here is an extremely well written, scholarly formula for renewal. I loved reading it. And so will you.
--Dick B., author of 44 books and more than 1,000 articles on AA history and Christian recovery
Douglas Himes provides those who suffer from addictions with much inspiring and practical wisdom and guidance that can help them walk the ego self-emptying path that leads to the realization of their true self and life in God’s image. His own 12-Step experience and considerable spiritual knowledge and practice enrich the value of his insights.
--Tilden Edwards, Founder and Senior Fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Douglas D. Himes, Ph.D., is a trained spiritual director and sought-after retreat and workshop leader who provides spiritual counsel at Cumberland Heights, one of the country’s leading alcohol and drug treatment centers, in Nashville, Tennessee. A former Fulbright Scholar and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, he has degrees in physics and historical musicology and is published in two languages in seven fields. In his words, “I was so smart that it took me only nine and a half years to get the First Step. This book parallels my now life-saving journey from self-sufficient knowledge to universal truth.”