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Published December 2011.

A Faith That Works

An oldtimer with over 60 years of sobriety shares his experience

In my 61st year of sobriety, I still find it difficult to explain the spiritual side of AA. Part of this problem is that I know where others might be coming from—that they have honest doubts either about the existence of God or God's willingness to be constructively involved in our lives. They may also have had religious training which had the negative effect of turning them away from God. I've heard uncounted numbers of AAs talk about a "punishing God" who haunted their early years and drove them away from religion.

In the meantime, arguments about whether God exists are all around us in general society. Several best-selling books are currently available to deny the existence of God, while others—selling equally well—insist that our only hope for real peace and salvation is in seeking and following God's will. Whom are we to believe?

-- Mel B.

Toledo, Ohio

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