By Phillip Z.
What percentage folks have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better strength. In A Skeptic's consultant to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper figuring out of a better strength. He examines what could seem like "unsettling" options to us together with surrendering one's will and lifestyles to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the non secular trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.
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Surely there is some gimmick to this organization, I thought as I returned to my seat. Somewhat disoriented and very anxious, I watched people begin filling the room. , the meeting began with a group prayer. I was uncomfortable. These people don't waste a minute before pushing the God stuff, I thought. Then people took turns reading aloud from printed handouts. I kept hearing the word, God. Each time I heard it, I cringed. What the hell am I doing here? I asked myself. I don't believe in God; I hate groups of believers.
Page 8 Nothing on earth could induce me to go to any meeting offered by an organization that evoked such disturbing images. In the first pamphlet, the nature of compulsive overeating was described with the explanation that this condition was physical, emotional, and spiritual. Listed were a number of yes-or-no questions, which I began to answer. Did I often eat in secret? Did I eat until my stomach hurt or until I felt sick? Did I regularly eat when I was not hungry? Did I devote excessive amounts of time to thoughts about buying food, cooking, eating food, and dieting?
Nevertheless, whatever emotional factors led to my condition, the fact remained that I had become clinically obese, more than fifty pounds over the current medically recommended weight for my height. I gave some thought to trying to diet but could muster little enthusiasm. Having tried and failed so many times over the years, I was certain dieting could not bring about permanent weight loss for me. I had begun buying diet books in high school. While not particularly overweight, I was nevertheless obsessed with my body image.
A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z.