Item description for Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps by Meletios Webber...
Addictions and struggles with the passions are rampant in our culture. Fr. Meletios Webber, an Orthodox priest with a doctorate in counseling, helps us to understand addiction and explores ways to overcome it. He clearly and skillfully explains the Twelve Steps of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In correlating the Twelve Steps with basic Orthodox theology, Fr. Mel identifies the implication of the Twelve Steps for Orthodox, and for all Christians. Using examples from the life of the Orthodox Church, he shows how the Steps can be a valuable resource for our own spiritual journey. With a foreword by Bishop Kallistos Ware Reviews: "Fr. Meletios Webber's Steps of Transformation presents the vision and practice of Twelve-Step programs for dealing with addictions, particularly alcoholism. He relates the Steps to Orthodox Christian spirituality with clarity, conviction, and appealing personal engagement. Here is a book which addicts and their friends are sure to treasure. It is true, deep, pure, rich, and highly rewarding.: -Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus, St. Vladimir's Seminary; speaker, author "At those moments when I have fallen to lowest of depths, then my cry has most convincingly attracted the grace of God. This book is about the spirituality of imperfection. Steps of Transformation is written with clarity and simplicity by a man who recognizes that 'God hears the voice of our prayer, only out of the depths of our cry.' " -Fr. John Chryssavgis, Professor of Theology, Holy Cross; author and speaker "Steps of Transformation was very simple, easy to read, and right on target about both the problem of, and the solution to, the disease of alcoholism. I suggest that anyone can benefit from reading this book, and I encourage all Orthodox Christians to take a look at it." -Floyd Frantz, CAC, St. Dimitrie Addictions Treatment Program, Romania
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Studio: Conciliar Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.51" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2003
Publisher Conciliar Press
ISBN 1888212632 ISBN13 9781888212631
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More About Meletios Webber
Webber is an Orthodox priest, and is pastor of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, California.
Meletios Webber currently resides in Santa Cruz, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps?
Outstanding Book on Recovery Feb 28, 2008
This is probably the best book I have ever read on spirituality and recovery. It is right on the mark in every aspect. I have been in recovery for 17 years and found the information to be helpful and right in line with the teachings and philosophy of the AA program. There are some who hold the belief that recovery can happen through faith alone, that a 12 step recovery program somehow dilutes a persons faith. This book dispells that kind of belief and speaks to (at least) my experience and the experience of many others. It is stressed in the book that AA/12 step programs are not intended to replace religion or church. AA/12 step programs can and should be a bridge to a genuine faith and provide a greater understanding of the importance and benefits of a living faith.
The descriptions provided in Part I are striking in their accuracy and would be good reading for non-addicted people such as family members to get a better understanding of the alcoholic/addicts mindset and the nature of the disease.
AA/12 step programs may not be the answer for everyone, but it was the only thing that worked for me and millions of others. I highly recommend this book for those looking to broaden their spiritual understanding in the framework of recovery. Or put another way, those looking to do more work on the 11th Step.
STEPS OF TRANSFORMATION Dec 17, 2007
PRETTY GOOD BOOK. IDIDN'T GET AS MUCH OUT OF IT AS I THOUGHT I WOULD.
An amazing book Jun 8, 2007
I found this book in our church bookstore last Sunday. I am an Orthodox Christian, and an alcoholic. It has been difficult, to say the least, to find ANY literature about alcoholism written from an Orthodox perspective. thing is, you don't have to be Orthodox to appreciate this book. Father Meletios rites in such a way that anyone can understand and appreciate his work. His insistence, too, that an alcoholic NEEDS Alcoholics Anonymous is heartening to one who has heard far too many times "Well, all you need is to go to church. You just don't believe enough." Etc, etc, ad infinitum. In fact, at the bottom of page 13 & top of page 14 in Steps of Transformation, he emphatically states "If anyone reading this book thinks he may be an alcoholic, or even fears that he might be, his best hope for recovery would be to put down this book and get in contact with a local group of AA as quickly as possible. An alcoholic needs the Twelve Steps, but he needs them within the context of the Fellowship of AA." This is a powerful, moving, and well thought out glimpse into what it's like to be "one of us." The alcoholic is a lonely, fearful, spiritually and morally bankrupt individual. If there is someone in your life suffering from addiction in any form, please read this. The second part of the book does an excellent job of paralleling the journey of the alcoholic, and the journey of the Christian. They are not contradictory, and the Twelve Steps violate no Theolgy. I highly reccommend this book to any Christian, anyone on a spiritual journey.
Excellent introduction to 12 Steps and their spiritual applications Sep 29, 2005
In the following quote from the Introduction to "Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps," author Fr. Meletios Webber does an excellent job of summarizing his own work:
"This book has two main purposes: The first is to explore the Twelve Steps of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, to explain them to those who may be unfamiliar with them, and to show why the Steps are important in helping people recover from alcoholism (and from other addictive conditions).
"The second purpose of this book is to present the Twelve Steps in such a way that members of the Orthodox Church might find them a valuable resource for their own personal spiritual development, should they choose to use them. Furthermore, even though most of the issues discussed will be illustrated using examples from the life of the Orthodox Church, it is hoped that members of other Christian traditions may also find this material helpful as they continue on their spiritual journey."
This book succeeds in achieving both purposes admirably.
When I began reading this volume, over a year ago, I had a nodding acquaintance with Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Step programs. Over the course of the past year, thanks largely to the reading of this book, I have become more personally acquainted with Twelve Step programs, and have learned about their effectiveness in changing the lives of countless individuals.
Not only that, but as I've talked with participants in various Twelve Step programs, I've encountered individuals whose spiritual journey resembles the disciplines I've been trying to incorporate in my own life for many years.
It's amazing to discover how this remarkable program is based on the tried and true disciplines of ancient Christian spirituality, such as acknowledging one's powerlessness over addictive behaviors (sin); that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us (dependence on God); make a decision to turn our will and lives over to God; made a searching and fearless moral inventory; admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs (confession); were ready to remove defects of character (repentance), etc.
This is a remarkable book (dare I say "life-changing?"). It is easy to read, it explains AA and Twelve Steps as well as anything else I've read on the subject to date. It's a great introduction for the curious, especially for those who identify themselves as Christians. There's no need to be Orthodox to derive benefits from this excellent volume, and for those who may be interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, it will give some very practical insight into the spirituality of the Orthodox Christian faith.
Highly recommended. Then the reader may be interested in reading "Alcoholics Anonymous" (commonly called "The Big Book") next.
Well meaning but mis-guided Jun 9, 2005
As a former twelve stepper i know that most 12 step programs especially AA denigrate organized religion......the 12 steps look on the surface to be totally christian but if you study AA's hallowed "Big Book" you'll find many statements that are totally incompatible with orthodoxy...." the spiritual path is broad and never exclusive." which is in direct opposistion to Jesus's statement that the path is narrow and broad is the path that leads to destruction.......When taking a forth step inventory when you get to your sexual inventory it just says to look where you have been selfish..forget adultary...its not mentioned.......bill wilson claimed extreme drunkeness kept him from cheating on his wife but after sobering up he had several misstresses..........they had a group of AA people that their whole job was watching him so he didn't embaress AA.....
He Experimented with LSD thinking it was the answer for people who couldn't get the program......
While writing the 12 steps he claimed he got inspiration directly fom a 15th century monk named Boniface.....
Dr. Bob the co founder and his wife Anne had regular sceances in their home........i won't post my email here because AA people are fanatic about the cult.....there is a book called Not God .i forget the author but it was taken from AA's archives plus if someone will put there email on a post i can send online documentation about every thing i say..... aa's vuanted success rate is actually about 6% for one year of sobriety and 1% for five years..not an overwelming success...
the suicide rate is very high..due mostly being controlled by sponsers that basically browbeat sponsees..i was on the verge of suicide when i left the cult...i had quit the church after being brainwashed that the doctrines of all churches are man made...I have discovered real spirituality not the AA brand..
just watch tv..12 step programs are mentioned constantly as real pop culture now......the success for movie stars is absolutely a reflection of the program itself......Abysmal.
in closing heres a line from the big book....."everything that happens , happens because that's the way it's supposed to be..Nothing in God's world happens by accident"...a total denial of free will.......dont tell me children are abused and people murdered and it's supposed to be that way.