Close Call at the Wedding
January 2023 | Spiritual Awakenings | Special Section

Close Call at the Wedding

With booze everywhere and no phone in sight, a freaked-out newcomer gets the surprise of his life

During my initial two months in AA, I had great difficulty with Step Two, which I referred to as “that Higher Power thing.” I took my sponsor’s suggestion and made the Manhattan Group of AA my Higher Power, but privately, I knew that wouldn’t work. Eventually, I went along with the “Group of Drunks” G.O.D. concept. I “acted as if” I had a Higher Power because I wanted to make my sponsor happy. But I didn’t believe in God.


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