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Published November 2011.

Web Exclusive: Finding God in AA

She came into AA as an atheist. Or so she thought.

"A day doesn't go by when I don't pray and thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous."

My family is Jewish and although we celebrated Hanukkah, I only sporadically attended temple or was exposed to religion when I was growing up. We rarely spoke of God. I knew my family believed in God, but when I pressed for more details, I'd invariably get the same response: "I believe because I do."

As a result of this upbringing, God seemed very foreign to me. Not unlike Santa Claus, he seemed like a made-up tale told to keep people in line. As I got older, I began to see how all my friends had to go to church every Sunday and follow all these rules and pray and I resented it. It...

-- Stacy G.

Evanston, Illinois

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