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From the February 2013 magazine.

February 2013: School Spirit

Her search for faith took a happy turn on the San Diego freeway

When I came to AA I was an agnostic, I didn’t have a God, and I felt like the only girl at the dance without a date. But I found I was not unique. A lot of people came to AA and had to create a God of their understanding. So I took pieces of what I heard and started talking to God in my car, attempting to make conscious contact. It felt foolish at first, then a relief to get some of this stuff off my chest.Then it was surprising when some of my prayers seemed to be answered, until eventually I came to depend and rely on this God of my understanding. Reading the stories in the AA book Came to Believe helped me a lot.

Around 90 days, in my quest to find God, I started to read spiritual books to learn more about him. I was reading a book written by a minister; the brief, entertaining stories were about life and God. I read one about how he was washing the dishes and had a spiritual experience, and another one where he was raking the leaves and had a spiritual experience, and another one where a busload of kids pulled in front of his car and start waving at him, and he saw God through those kids.

-- Deanna S.

Atlanta, Georgia

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