The Spirituality of Imperfection


a book by Ernest Kurtz – Highly Recommended

With the exception of Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book), The Spirituality of Imperfection is the most important book I have read in recovery. I cannot overstate how instrumental this book is to my spiritual growth. This is not a 12-Step recovery book though there is much discussion of the spirituality underlying the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Mr. Kurtz uses stories gathered from around the world to express spiritual principles. In fact the book is subtitled Storytelling and the Search for Meaning.

The spirituality of imperfection is a spiritual path of accepting our own imperfections and integrating them into our being. Mr. Kurtz states that this type of spirituality is thousands of years old and he looks at a wide variety of spiritual traditions from all ages to support his statement. I found this variety to be immensely interesting. It introduced me to spiritual concepts and spiritual leaders I may not otherwise have discovered . The book has exhaustive endnotes and they provided me with a rich source of new books, authors and spiritual ideas to explore.

Mr. Kurtz believes that Alcoholics Anonymous is the most recent expression of the spirituality of imperfection and he devotes a significant amount of the book to how the spiritual principles of the 12-Steps can be found in all of the major spiritual traditions. Mr. Kurtz is intimately familiar with AA. His doctoral dissertation was on the history and development of AA and he was provided unrestricted access to the entire archives of Alcoholics Anonymous. From these archives he has gleaned much information and insight into AA and its spirituality.

If you are in recovery and practicing a 12-Step program please read this book. If you are not, then please read this book.

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