“Littlejohn, through The Power of Vow, has made at least two major contributions for which all addicts and non-addicts should be thankful. For adherents to the 12-Step model, Littlejohn’s work is another contribution to the growing number of alternative perspectives on a successful, although arguably dated system of recovery. For Buddhist addicts, Littlejohn has kindly – and without judgment – opened … Read More
the book is true genius–it manages to maintain a reverence and respect for the twelve steps, while allowing for an “atheistic” interpretation of the process.
Daren Littlejohn combines autobiography and reference guide in this enlightened introduction to both Buddhism and the 12 steps. I like the way that he personalizes concepts and offers suggestions throughout the book. I also like the way that he simplifies Buddhist beliefs for an audience (addicts) who tend to complicate things
The how to section argues for simple breathing practices, gives a helpful meditation checklist and moves on to more awareness oriented practices before going deeper with more advanced breathings, body and walking meditation instructions. Thankfully the author does some explanation of visualizations, in and out of the context of religious imagery and goes a step further than some other books by introducing the ideas of analytical meditation.
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