The Twelve Step Prayer Book: A Collection of Favorite 12 Step Prayers and Inspirational Readings, 2nd Edition

The Twelve Step Prayer Book: A Collection of Favorite 12 Step Prayers and Inspirational Readings, 2nd Edition

by Bill P., Lisa D.


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A second edition (with 44 new prayers) of the best-selling book of prayers and inspirations for those seeking just the right words for conversing with their Higher Power or for expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Wherever you are on your recovery journey, and however you define your Higher Power, you will find spiritual support in this special collection of prayers and inspirational readings.

This second edition of The 12 Step Prayer Book features 183 passages gleaned from Twelve Step meetings and adapted from common prayers and devotions. It includes:

—44 new prayers and readings

—a guide for daily reading

—traditional and best-loved recovery prayers, and

—Step and meeting prayers.

This book is an excellent accompaniment to Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592850952
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2004
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 127,188
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Bill P. worked in the alcohol/drug addiction field as a historian, educator, and author, including four years with the AA Grapevine Magazine and nine years with Hazelden. Bill passed away in 2007.

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Prayer is seeking answers and direction in life. Meditation is listening for answers from a Higher Power and developing the faith within us to accept these answers. Reflection is the study of ways to change the answers we get from prayer and meditation into action.

This second volume of prayers and inspirational readings was written and compiled to assist all Twelve Step Fellowship members with their prayer life and spiritual progress.

Those who are just beginning a life of recovery will find help by working the Eleventh Step. Those who have time in the Program will find a deepening of their spiritual life. Anyone who has trouble finding the "right words" to speak with his or her Higher Power may find exactly what he or she wants to say in one of these prayers.

The suggestion in the Eleventh Step—"sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him"—asks us to improve our prayer and meditation life. May these prayers help you improve your spiritual progress.

This book, as with volume 1 of The 12 Step Prayer Book, is a companion to the meditation book Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

Many members have learned, through times of quiet reflection, to work into their recovery life the answers their Higher Power has given them as a result of their active practice of prayer and meditation.


I've Found a Reason

Dear God, as long as my life was preoccupied with my own problems, my own unwillingness and dark moods, I was critical, insensitive, rigid, and defiant. But when I honestly faced my defects and failures and the worst was known and surrendered to You, the whole nature of living changed. I am no longer the emotional center of all things and no longer take everything as personal to myself. I've found a reason for all the suffering through which I have passed. It is to be used in understanding and helping others. Out of darkness comes light.


Happy, Joyous, and Free

I am sure You want me to be happy, joyous, and free.

With Your help I will no longer believe that life has no meaning and is filled with sorrow.

You, the Twelve Steps, and our Fellowship have shown me I made my own misery. You didn't do it.

I pray I will avoid the deliberate manufacture of misery.

But if trouble comes, I will cheerfully make it an opportunity to demonstrate Your wisdom and power.

Adapted from material in Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, page 133


Life Is a Gift

Thank you, God. May I remember during periods of depression,

The many times in my life when things do seem right, when I have those moments of clarity,

When I feel there is hope, when the sun shines down on me and warms my face, when Your love warms my heart.

I am reminded that life is a gift . . . this I pray.


Thanksgiving Prayer—Native American

Great and Eternal Mystery of Life,

Creator of All Things, I give thanks for

the beauty You put in every single one of

Your creations.

I am grateful that You did not fail in

making every stone, plant, creature, and

human being a perfect and whole part of

the Sacred Hoop.

I am grateful that You have allowed me

to see the strength and beauty of

All My Relations.

My humble request is that all of the

children of Earth will learn to see the

same perfection themselves.

May none of Your human children doubt

or question Your wisdom, grace, and

sense of wholeness in giving all of

Creation a right to be living extensions

of Your perfect love.


Where There Is Charity and Wisdom

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance.

Where there is love and joy, there is neither greed nor selfishness.

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

by St. Francis of Assisi

Table of Contents

Guide for Daily Readingxvii
1Serenity Prayer1
2The Lord's Prayer1
3Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi2
4Today's Thought3
5Sanskrit Proverb3
6To Be Prayer4
7Prayer for the Hurried4
8For Another Day5
9The 23rd-1/2 Psalm6
10This I Believe7
11No Greater Power8
12The Beatitudes9
13The Tolerance Prayer9
14A Beginner's Prayer10
15God, Help Me Live Today11
16O God of Our Understanding12
17The Acceptance Prayer13
18The Twelve Steps Prayer14
19The Victims of Addiction15
20God's Answer16
21Every Morning17
22Sobriety Prayer17
23Fellow Travelers18
24My First Prayer19
25Possibilities Prayer19
26Enough to Need20
27The Gifts I Ask20
28Peace in God's Will21
29For Those Who Have Relapsed21
30Thank You, God22
31Humility Prayer22
32My Daily Prayer23
33Lord, I'm Hurting24
34The Right Road25
35O Great Spirit26
36A Prayer for Tolerance27
38Take Time28
39Life is a Celebration29
40Language of the Heart30
41Am I Willing?31
42The Way32
43On Awakening32
44A Morning Prayer33
45Who, Me?34
46Let Go, Let God34
47As I Think35
48I Cannot Pray36
49Lead Me and Guide Me37
50The Universal Prayer38
51Reliance on God39
52Sailor's Prayer39
53An Irish Blessing39
54First Things First40
55Open Mind40
56Do the Right Thing41
57Run the Race41
58True Power42
59Prayer for Protection42
60The Gratitude Prayer43
61No Other44
62All That We Ought44
64Help Me Remember46
65The Twelve Rewards46
66New Day47
67Release Me48
68Please, Lord49
69My Prayer for You49
70Self-Respect Prayer50
71Do It Now51
72To Change51
73Unselfishness Prayer52
74Light a Candle52
75What Is Best53
76Prayer for Healing53
77Things to Give54
78Your Gift55
79I Promise Myself!55
80My Worth56
81Right Living57
82Against Temptations57
83Prayer to Know58
84Recovery Prayer59
85Kindness and Service59
86Make Me60
87Guide Me61
88Anniversary Prayer61
89To Be Honest62
90Teach Me62
91The Fellowship Prayer63
Step and Meeting Prayers
92First Step Prayer65
93Second Step Prayer65
94Third Step Prayer66
95Fourth Step Prayer66
96Fifth Step Prayer67
97Sixth Step Prayer67
98Seventh Step Prayer68
99Eighth Step Prayer68
100Ninth Step Prayer69
101Tenth Step Prayer69
102Eleventh Step Prayer70
103Twelfth Step Prayer70
104Meeting Prayer71
105Meeting Prayer No. 271
106Meeting Prayer No. 372
Inspirational Readings
107Amazing Grace73
108High Flight74
109Search for Serenity74
110Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow76
111Just for Today77
114Letting Go81
115The Letter82
116Live a Little, Just to Please83
117I Am Me84
118Don't Quit85
119My Medallion86
120I Didn't Have Time88
121Someone Does Care89
122Resent Somebody89
123Living the Way We Pray90
124Love Is91
126My Bill of Rights93
127Walk with Me93
128It Shows in Your Face94
129The Touch of the Master's Hand95
130When Seeking God96
131One Day at a Time97
133Thy Will Be Done98
134Comes the Dawn99
135God's Presence100
136Time Somebody Told Me101
137Rejecting Rejection102
138The Peace of Meditation103
139The Bike Ride104
New Prayers and Readings
140This Day107
141The Great Reality107
142The Morning Light108
144One More Day109
145Our True Home109
146Blessing for Partners (Apache Blessing)110
147Who Are You to Say There Is No God?111
148Our Possessions112
149Serene Days113
150Dwell in My Heart113
151For Families Torn by Addiction114
152Wesley P.'s Prayer115
153Set Aside Prayer115
154Usefulness Prayer116
155Prayer During Turmoil116
156Next Right Step117
157Mychal's Prayer117
158Free of Resentment Prayer118
159The Fear Prayer118
160Cleveland AA Prayer, 1941119
161In Fellowship120
162Surrender Prayer (Oxford Group, 1934)120
163Right Living121
164Peace in Our Hearts121
165Our Meeting Room Door122
166Honest and Sincere122
167Wedding Blessing123
168No Fear124
169Kindness Prayer125
170Eleventh Step Meeting Opening Prayer126
171Paul D.'s Prayer127
172No Standing Still128
173The Gift of Humility129
174My Design129
175Darkness to Light130
176Consciousness of God130
177Empty Out131
178Dick B.'s Prayer131
179Heart of a Child133
180Karen C.'s Prayer134
181Free from Fear134
182Searcy W.'s Prayer135
183Blessed Mother Teresa's Prayer136

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Twelve Step Prayer Book 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Really good, inspirational book. I would recommend for anyone, not someone in a fellowship
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