- Title: Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power
- Author: Marya Hornbacher
- ISBN: 9781592858255
- Page: 457
- Format: Paperback
For those who don t believe in God or don t know whether they believe New York Times best selling author Marya Hornbacher offers an insightful, moving approach to the concept of faith.For those who don t believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher,For those who don t believe in God or don t know whether they believe New York Times best selling author Marya Hornbacher offers an insightful, moving approach to the concept of faith.For those who don t believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher, author of the New York Times best sellers Madness and Wasted, offers a down to earth exploration of the concept of faith.Many of us have been trained to think of spirituality as the sole provenance of religion and if we have come to feel that the religious are not the only ones with access to a spiritual life, we may still be casting about for what, precisely, a spiritual life would be, without a God, a religion, or a solid set of spiritual beliefs.In Waiting, best selling author Marya Hornbacher uses the story of her own journey beginning with her recovery from alcoholism to offer a fresh approach to cultivating a spiritual life Relinquishing the concept of a universal Spirit that exists outside of us, Hornbacher gives us the framework to explore the human spirit in each of us the very thing that sends us searching, that connects us with one another, the thing that comes knocking at the door of our emotionally and intellectually closed lives and asks to be let in When we let it in and only when we do, she says, we begin to be integrated people And we begin to walk a spiritual path And there are many points along the way where we stop, or we fumble, or we get tangled up or turned around Those are the places where we wait.Waiting, you ll discover, can become a kind of spiritual practice in itself, requiring patience, acceptance, and stillness Sometimes we do it because we know we need to, though we may not know why In short, we do it on faith.Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best selling nonfiction titles, Madness A Bipolar Life and Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia She has also authored a recovery handbook, Sane Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps, and a critically acclaimed novel, The Center of Winter.
Recent Comments "Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power"
Marya Hornbacher has found words for things I thought but didn't know how to say. Her interpretation of the powerful 12 Steps of AA challenges and encourages nonbelievers to approach the steps in a way in which they can be comfortable. I would have preferred a few more details about Hornbacher's own journey, but am grateful for the insight she shares so unstintingly and with such a ring of honesty.
Horbacher reveals herself as a philosopher within these finely written pages. As an atheist myself, I've often wondered about how to find some sort of satisfying spirituality even with the absence of a god. Waiting helped me put into words some of the things I'd been feeling. Though I am not familiar with AA or in need of its services, Waiting made the introduction for me in a friendly, straight-forward manner. For anyone who is a part of AA, Waiting would be a great book to take a look at.
An Atheist/Agnostic or free thinker's guide This is told from the perspective of an agnostic or atheist's perspective on traversing the 12 steps. The only part I was ambivalent about was the author's meandering at the beginning of each chapter, some I liked, some seemed like aimless filler. I loved it the rest of it. I felt a lot of similarities between her journey and my own. I agree that a path to emotional sobriety and a higher power is love and service to other beings on the planet. This doe [...]
One of the most profoundly written books I've read containing pure truth. It is scripture like in its message to humanity. It will be purchased and find a permanent home in my library of resources to go to in time of need. This woman's turmoil with addiction and other experiences in her life has fortunately resulted in an understanding of our responsibility as human beings in proximity to the world we live. Her experience and message, in my opinion, is a gift from God to the nonbeliever and beli [...]
A really interesting look into spirituality for atheists. Written for alcoholics, I think this book is relevant for those without substance abuse issues who are interested in the idea of a godless spirituality.
Marya's brain on a big topic -- what bigger topic is there than God? -- and it still ain't a fair fight.
This one I read very out of order and it took forever to finish. Fascinating though as someone who is a pagan theist, i.e.I do believe in higher power if not necessarily traditional God. I am lucky not to have addiction, although I do have bipolar disorder. In fact Marya Hornbacher's "Madness: A Bipolar Life" was my favorite book last year. I know twelve step programs are incredibly common. I also know they don't work for many people. A book like this could help. There is more than one way to be [...]
Very thoughtful and very well written exploration of the god question in the context of a person working the AA 12 Steps who does not hew to the traditional notions of God as their higher power. I came at this book looking for more insight than I found but recognize that is more likely on me than the author. My rating could as easily have been four stars rather than three but three was where I landed. A worthwhile read if the topic is of interest to you.
Quit after a couple of chapters. Just never grabbed me. Mentioned alot about an inner spirituality although no God - just finding our own "spirituality." I did like that at one point she said our connection with others and our ability to communicate was that spirituality but then she abandoned that thought to go on talking about it in vague terms - something there for us to find.
This is a technically well-written book, but I found it a chore to get through. It seemed to lack in narrative voice (a primary strength of Hornbachers other three nonfiction books). There was also a vagueness that caused me to keep drifting off into other thoughts as I read ("To whom should we be of service? Anyone. The world's need is very great. How? In any way we can."). So really, reading this book was sort of like meditation. My mind would wander and I had to tell myself to keep coming bac [...]
I picked this up in an effort to combat the AA's Big Book's over-religiosity and general poor writing. It is a very dense book. I enjoyed Hornbacher's introductions to each chapter - for example, when she talks about a friend who writes her from the desert trying to lure her out there and begin recovery - more than the bulk of each chapter in which she discusses each Step. I found a lot here to mull over and for such a small book, it is packed.I had an AA friend said that he didn't like the book [...]
To say this book is life-changing is the absolute truth. I felt like she wrote this TO me; I identified with everything she wrote about and observed. Marya has an amazing mindfulness with what she's experiencing and feeling that is very impressive. This is the kind of reading experience I will most likely never duplicate! I've never been compelled to meet an author but this time I am. I want to let her know what an impact this book has had on my life :)
I'm not sure if I'll finish this or not -- when I read it was about an atheist's take on AA, I didn't expect it to feel quite so New Age-y spiritual. Hornbacher is a weak or negative atheist, who would probably feel more comfortable with the term "agnostic" -- at least as that term has been appropriated by non-philosophers. I'll give it another go tomorrow before I make a final decision.
a good read. it's very personal, not analytical. I like the writing style. she has a point of view that although doesn't come across as authoritative, is credible and enriching. I prefer the "my experience has been " books over "this is how it should be " books and Waiting is a 21st century sounding discussion about recovery, both heartfelt and practical.
This book contains 12 chapters that coincide with the 12 months and 12 Steps. An excellent book on spiritual development and mediation for the atheist, agnostic, and believer alike (with a touch of memoir and beautiful language). I will definitely return to this one!
It's difficult for anything regarding religion, atheist, or spirituality to capture my attention. Of course Marya Hornbacher would be the one to do it?
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