Addictions and struggles with the passions are rampant in our culture. Fr. Meletios Webber, an Orthodox priest with a doctorate in counseling, helps us to understand addiction and explores ways to overcome it. He clearly and skillfully explains the Twelve Steps of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In correlating the Twelve Steps with basic Orthodox theology, Fr. Mel identifies the implication of the Twelve Steps for Orthodox and for all Christians. Using examples from the life of the Orthodox Church, he shows how the Steps can be a valuable resource for our own spiritual journey.
"Fr. Meletios Webber's Steps of Transformation presents the vision and practice of Twelve-Step programs for dealing with addictions, particularly alcoholism. He relates the Steps to Orthodox Christian spirituality with clarity, conviction, and appealing personal engagement. Here is a book which addicts and their friends are sure to treasure. It is true, deep, pure, rich, and highly rewarding." -Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus, St. Vladimir Seminary; speaker, author
The books changed my thought on AA and alcoholics in general. The author draws incredible parallel lines between anyone struggling with addiction and each one of us being a dinner. And shows how essential it is for us to help from the outside to pull this person out. I really enjoyed reading how Alcohol (or anything that causes sin) is not the disease or the cause itself, but the agent. The disease itself is the struggling spiritual life.
This books allowed me to view anyone that is suffering from addiction, as I view myself, no difference. We are both struggling in our spiritual lives and need help from the outside, we need the humanity in each other and the growth that comes from mutual vulnerability. This book is for addicts and non addicts alike, as a non addict, I benefited greatly viewing myself through the light of this book.