Do Tell Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA
Do Tell: Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA is a collection of thirty personal stories written by men and women who found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous without a belief in God. This is an important book because in Alcoholics Anonymous our stories are important. In telling them, we are reminded of who we are and where we’ve been, and in hearing the stories of others we forge the bonds upon which our sobriety is built.
In the forward, Marya Hornbacher writes, “These stories show us that the language of the Steps is not enough to keep us out if we want in. Underneath the black and white of the print on the page, the principles exist – dynamic, subject to interpretation, always in flux, and not listed anywhere in the traditional literature, so far as I can find”.
The book’s editor, Roger C. explains in the introduction that the book was born from the failure of the AA Grapevine to publish a book of stories written by and for atheists and agnostics in AA, and the refusal of AA’s General Service Conference to allow us to contribute our own stories in our own words, and he writes of a need to reshape AA’s culture.
If you’re an atheist or agnostic in AA, this book will help you feel connected to and part of Alcoholics Anonymous. You will find your story within the stories contained in this book.