By Phillip Z.
What percentage people have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better energy. In A Skeptic's consultant to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to realize a deeper realizing of a better strength. He examines what could seem like "unsettling" suggestions 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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Throughout my twenties and thirties I continued the struggle. I had become a yo-yo dieter, gaining weight to a point I found unbearable, then dieting. During the diet, I would lose a substantial amount of weight, only to regain it later along with five or ten extra pounds. In addition to dieting, I tried other approaches to weight maintenance. In my desperate search for the secret of permanent thinness, I attended several workshops designed to establish a new consciousness regarding food and destructive eating habits.
My God, why did I eat all of that stuff just before dinner? I ask myself, knowing I have absolutely no answer. Almost at once, I am relieved of all discomfort by the memory of some cheese I had noticed in the refrigerator when removing the bowl of tuna fish. So what if all the crackers are gone? I can put some mustard (low calorie) on a few slices of cheese. Removing the cheese and mustard, I also grab the jar of mayonnaise and bring all my treasures to the counter. Before consuming the current objects of my desire, I throw the hamburger into a pan and put water on to boil for noodles and frozen peas.
I especially thank my sister, Laura, who first suggested that I go to an OA meeting, thereby launching me on this adventure. I have been delighted to share my recovery experience with her. I am also grateful to many friends and colleagues who encouraged me to write this book, particularly Dr. Terry Kupers, Kim Chernin, Elad Levinson, and Theo Gund for their continued support and valuable suggestions and criticisms. I also offer my appreciation to Renate Stendahl for her expert editing and tender hand-holding in the early stages of this book, and to my editor at Hazelden for his support and enthusiasm in the later stages.
A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z.