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 strength. In A Skeptic's consultant to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all the Twelve Steps to realize a deeper realizing of a better energy. He examines what could appear like "unsettling" strategies 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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As the hamburger is ready to turn, my wife comes home. She walks into the kitchen and asks how things are going. ''Fine,'' I say. She looks at me for a moment. We both know I'm lying. The expression on her face reveals her pain and sense of helplessness. In this moment of awkwardness, neither of us speaks. Finally, I relieve the tension, announcing dinner will be ready in a few minutes. My wife sets the table. I bring the food into the dining room and we sit down to eat dinner together. A heavy silence fills the air.
I bought new clothes in the same sizes I had worn in high school. At this point, my diet counselor put me on a maintenance eating plan. In addition to following the expanded diet I was to come in to be weighed several times a week. At first I followed the new diet, weighed in regularly, and kept my weight stable. Then I began having occasional slips, little bouts of cheating. One night I made a midnight attack on ice cream. A few days later, I indulged in a large buffet lunch at a Chinese restaurant near my office, rather than eat the lunch I had packed in the morning.
No nothing! Some people spoke about their troubles with food and life situations, while others shared with excitement current successes in their lives. Most praised Overeaters Anonymous for changing their lives. Occasionally, someone said that he or she had lost weight and was maintaining abstinence from compulsive overeating only through God's grace. One man offered thanks to what he called his Higher Power for helping him stay away from a dessert served at a dinner party he had attended the night before.
A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps by Phillip Z.