Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Himes of TN and his new title “Higher Power.”

Dr. Douglas Himes is a participant in International Christian Recovery Coalition; and his listing is as follows:

Douglas D. Himes, Ph.D., Author,
Take Off Your Shoes: Biblical Reflections on 12-Step Recovery (JMPress) and Higher Power: Seeking God in 12-Step Recovery (Abingdon Press).
Affiliated with Cumberland Heights Treatment Center in Nashville (served as Chaplain Assistant in the chapel program). Currently spiritual director for Still Waters, a men’s retreat operated by Cumberland Heights in West Tennessee
Currently president, Douglas Himes Associates, a consulting firm that provides fundraising and management consultation to nonprofit organizations;
217 Aspenwood Lane
Nashville, TN 37221-1132
(615) 646 0243 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE (615) 646 0243 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Doug has just released his new book “Higher Power: Seeking God in 12-Step Recovery” which I had the honor to read, review, and endorse. It is a fine book deftly handled by the author in such a way as to further our Coalition objective of defining and reporting the role of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the Christian Recovery Movement. Doug knows his Big Book. He knows his Bible. And, even for those still using the strange appellation “Higher Power,” he makes it clear from quote after quote exactly who is the Creator, Who is His Son, and How to learn about them from the Bible. And to achieve victory through reliance on them.

This is perhaps the first book I have read on the “higher power” subject that hasn’t spun off into nonsense gods, absurd names for God, and illusory “spirituality.” Since many persist in talking about a “higher power”–even though “it” is not mentioned in the 12-Steps, this is a talented suggested path to recover by the “solution” that still is set forth in the A.A. Big Book–the Creator has entered lives and hearts in a way that is truly miraculous.

The book is a good companion to the title we just published today: Dick B. and Ken B., God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Congratulations, Doug.

Gloria Deo


About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement.
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