In 1975, the first request to publish the stories of agnostics, atheists and freethinkers was made to AA’s General Service Office. In 2014 a pamphlet, “Many Paths to Spirituality” was finally published. However, this did not include our stories, only snippets of quotes, including one from a Jewish person who said he had no problem in reciting the Lord’s Prayer from the New Testament. Also, in 2014, members from AA Agnostica, requested the Grapevine to publish a book containing the some 40 stories previously published by the Grapevine since 1962 from agnostics, atheists and freethinkers. The Grapevine Board of Directors voted against putting this on the agenda for the General Service Conference this past April.
Therefore, Roger C., collected thirty stories from agnostics, atheists and freethinkers with a forward by Marya Hornbacher plus an Introduction by himself, and published Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA, last month. It is a must read for anyone who struggles with the religiosity found in many AA meetings. It demonstrates how people with differing beliefs from the conventional Christian dogma of AA literature, or no belief at all, have found sobriety in AA and lead satisfied, productive and successful lives in recovery.
A must read for agnostic, atheists and freethinkers in recovery, it is available on AA Agnostica, Amazon, iTunes and other outlets. Limited copies are also available in the Portland Alano Club Office.