As an atheist with a background in fundamentalism, Bucky Sinister was skeptical of 12-step groups when the time came for him to get sober. He was afraid of losing his artistic abilities and had big problems with the higher power concept. In spite of his hesitations, he stuck with the program and it rewarded him greatly. In Get Up, he shares the knowledge he gained on his journey, from being afraid of AA philosophies to embracing them, motivating others to join him in their own efforts to get clean.
Sinister, a spoken word artist, poet, and performer, well-known on the West Coast for his grabbing, truthful, funny performances, puts out his own story, no frills, no excuses, and no holds barred. He offers a tough-love approach to recovery for all those, like him, who are turned off by traditional "recovery" books.
Sinister got sober in AA and has stayed sober in AA, and now he leads the very group he joined on his path to recovery. In Get Up, he shares the stories and the steps that come from the "self-identified scum bags who just might save your life". He talks straight to readers about how to make it work if they can't buy into the program right away. For example, "Higher Power" can be a whole lot of things - Thor and metaphor among them. He helps readers to accept the group in spite of their differences, rather than walking away.
Get Up is the book that Sinister would have bought for himself, with the advice he wanted to hear when he first ventured into recovery.
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"Bucky" breaks down 12 step into a manageable format and brings it to you in a funny, sarcastic, and most importantly "real-life" way. I've struggled with many aspects of the fellowship (vs. the program) and in this book he helps cut through all the garbage that many people like to preach is the "12 step way" of life and brings it home in an easy to understand, practical and useful way.
At the very end where he says "You matter"
His inflection, real life talking style. He's not robotic like so many of the audio books. He knows how to talk like he's performing and also in just a conversational manner.
Yes, and I did.
I wish there were 10 more of these by him
Wow... I really needed this!
Yes because the delivery in this audio is everything!
This book has no comparison.
I have 18 years of sobriety and going through a very rough time. Bucky brings me humor, warmth and recovery. Thank you Bucky!
This book was a LONG time coming! I am glad someone finally broke all the myths about 12 step meetings. The fears people have about 12 steps and the
- Katherine M. MacIver