A second edition (with 44 new prayers) of the best-selling book of prayers and inspirations for those seeking just the right words for conversing with their Higher Power or for expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings.
Wherever you are on your recovery journey, and however you define your Higher Power, you will find spiritual support in this special collection of prayers and inspirational readings.
This second edition of The 12 Step Prayer Book features 183 passages gleaned from Twelve Step meetings and adapted from common prayers and devotions. It includes:
44 new prayers and readings
a guide for daily reading
traditional and best-loved recovery prayers, and
Step and meeting prayers.
This book is an excellent accompaniment to Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.
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About the Author
Bill P. worked in the alcohol/drug addiction field as a historian, educator, and author, including four years with the AA Grapevine Magazine and nine years with Hazelden. Bill passed away in 2007.
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Prayer is seeking answers and direction in life. Meditation is listening for answers from a Higher Power and developing the faith within us to accept these answers. Reflection is the study of ways to change the answers we get from prayer and meditation into action.
This second volume of prayers and inspirational readings was written and compiled to assist all Twelve Step Fellowship members with their prayer life and spiritual progress.
Those who are just beginning a life of recovery will find help by working the Eleventh Step. Those who have time in the Program will find a deepening of their spiritual life. Anyone who has trouble finding the "right words" to speak with his or her Higher Power may find exactly what he or she wants to say in one of these prayers.
The suggestion in the Eleventh Step—"sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him"—asks us to improve our prayer and meditation life. May these prayers help you improve your spiritual progress.
This book, as with volume 1 of The 12 Step Prayer Book, is a companion to the meditation book Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.
Many members have learned, through times of quiet reflection, to work into their recovery life the answers their Higher Power has given them as a result of their active practice of prayer and meditation.
I've Found a Reason
Dear God, as long as my life was preoccupied with my own problems, my own unwillingness and dark moods, I was critical, insensitive, rigid, and defiant. But when I honestly faced my defects and failures and the worst was known and surrendered to You, the whole nature of living changed. I am no longer the emotional center of all things and no longer take everything as personal to myself. I've found a reason for all the suffering through which I have passed. It is to be used in understanding and helping others. Out of darkness comes light.
Happy, Joyous, and Free
I am sure You want me to be happy, joyous, and free.
With Your help I will no longer believe that life has no meaning and is filled with sorrow.
You, the Twelve Steps, and our Fellowship have shown me I made my own misery. You didn't do it.
I pray I will avoid the deliberate manufacture of misery.
But if trouble comes, I will cheerfully make it an opportunity to demonstrate Your wisdom and power.
Adapted from material in Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, page 133
Life Is a Gift
Thank you, God. May I remember during periods of depression,
The many times in my life when things do seem right, when I have those moments of clarity,
When I feel there is hope, when the sun shines down on me and warms my face, when Your love warms my heart.
I am reminded that life is a gift . . . this I pray.
Thanksgiving Prayer—Native American
Great and Eternal Mystery of Life,
Creator of All Things, I give thanks for
the beauty You put in every single one of
I am grateful that You did not fail in
making every stone, plant, creature, and
human being a perfect and whole part of
the Sacred Hoop.
I am grateful that You have allowed me
to see the strength and beauty of
All My Relations.
My humble request is that all of the
children of Earth will learn to see the
same perfection themselves.
May none of Your human children doubt
or question Your wisdom, grace, and
sense of wholeness in giving all of
Creation a right to be living extensions
of Your perfect love.
Where There Is Charity and Wisdom
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance.
Where there is love and joy, there is neither greed nor selfishness.
Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
by St. Francis of Assisi
Table of Contents
|Guide for Daily Reading||xvii|
|2||The Lord's Prayer||1|
|3||Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi||2|
|6||To Be Prayer||4|
|7||Prayer for the Hurried||4|
|8||For Another Day||5|
|9||The 23rd-1/2 Psalm||6|
|10||This I Believe||7|
|11||No Greater Power||8|
|13||The Tolerance Prayer||9|
|14||A Beginner's Prayer||10|
|15||God, Help Me Live Today||11|
|16||O God of Our Understanding||12|
|17||The Acceptance Prayer||13|
|18||The Twelve Steps Prayer||14|
|19||The Victims of Addiction||15|
|24||My First Prayer||19|
|26||Enough to Need||20|
|27||The Gifts I Ask||20|
|28||Peace in God's Will||21|
|29||For Those Who Have Relapsed||21|
|30||Thank You, God||22|
|32||My Daily Prayer||23|
|33||Lord, I'm Hurting||24|
|34||The Right Road||25|
|35||O Great Spirit||26|
|36||A Prayer for Tolerance||27|
|39||Life is a Celebration||29|
|40||Language of the Heart||30|
|41||Am I Willing?||31|
|44||A Morning Prayer||33|
|46||Let Go, Let God||34|
|47||As I Think||35|
|48||I Cannot Pray||36|
|49||Lead Me and Guide Me||37|
|50||The Universal Prayer||38|
|51||Reliance on God||39|
|53||An Irish Blessing||39|
|54||First Things First||40|
|56||Do the Right Thing||41|
|57||Run the Race||41|
|59||Prayer for Protection||42|
|60||The Gratitude Prayer||43|
|62||All That We Ought||44|
|64||Help Me Remember||46|
|65||The Twelve Rewards||46|
|69||My Prayer for You||49|
|71||Do It Now||51|
|74||Light a Candle||52|
|75||What Is Best||53|
|76||Prayer for Healing||53|
|77||Things to Give||54|
|79||I Promise Myself!||55|
|83||Prayer to Know||58|
|85||Kindness and Service||59|
|89||To Be Honest||62|
|91||The Fellowship Prayer||63|
|Step and Meeting Prayers|
|92||First Step Prayer||65|
|93||Second Step Prayer||65|
|94||Third Step Prayer||66|
|95||Fourth Step Prayer||66|
|96||Fifth Step Prayer||67|
|97||Sixth Step Prayer||67|
|98||Seventh Step Prayer||68|
|99||Eighth Step Prayer||68|
|100||Ninth Step Prayer||69|
|101||Tenth Step Prayer||69|
|102||Eleventh Step Prayer||70|
|103||Twelfth Step Prayer||70|
|105||Meeting Prayer No. 2||71|
|106||Meeting Prayer No. 3||72|
|109||Search for Serenity||74|
|110||Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow||76|
|111||Just for Today||77|
|116||Live a Little, Just to Please||83|
|117||I Am Me||84|
|120||I Didn't Have Time||88|
|121||Someone Does Care||89|
|123||Living the Way We Pray||90|
|126||My Bill of Rights||93|
|127||Walk with Me||93|
|128||It Shows in Your Face||94|
|129||The Touch of the Master's Hand||95|
|130||When Seeking God||96|
|131||One Day at a Time||97|
|133||Thy Will Be Done||98|
|134||Comes the Dawn||99|
|136||Time Somebody Told Me||101|
|138||The Peace of Meditation||103|
|139||The Bike Ride||104|
|New Prayers and Readings|
|141||The Great Reality||107|
|142||The Morning Light||108|
|144||One More Day||109|
|145||Our True Home||109|
|146||Blessing for Partners (Apache Blessing)||110|
|147||Who Are You to Say There Is No God?||111|
|150||Dwell in My Heart||113|
|151||For Families Torn by Addiction||114|
|152||Wesley P.'s Prayer||115|
|153||Set Aside Prayer||115|
|155||Prayer During Turmoil||116|
|156||Next Right Step||117|
|158||Free of Resentment Prayer||118|
|159||The Fear Prayer||118|
|160||Cleveland AA Prayer, 1941||119|
|162||Surrender Prayer (Oxford Group, 1934)||120|
|164||Peace in Our Hearts||121|
|165||Our Meeting Room Door||122|
|166||Honest and Sincere||122|
|170||Eleventh Step Meeting Opening Prayer||126|
|171||Paul D.'s Prayer||127|
|172||No Standing Still||128|
|173||The Gift of Humility||129|
|175||Darkness to Light||130|
|176||Consciousness of God||130|
|178||Dick B.'s Prayer||131|
|179||Heart of a Child||133|
|180||Karen C.'s Prayer||134|
|181||Free from Fear||134|
|182||Searcy W.'s Prayer||135|
|183||Blessed Mother Teresa's Prayer||136|
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Really good, inspirational book. I would recommend for anyone, not someone in a fellowship
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