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Where does The Zen of Recovery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is a very specific book I wouldn't recommend to anyone not actively attending 12-step meetings who doesn't already have some knowledge of Buddhist practice and teachings. If you do have these two qualifications, the book can be immensely helpful in helping you process the steps and make working them part of your daily practice.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I appreciated Mel's anecdotes and examples and would have happily listened to more of them. The author has a wonderfully casual sense of humor that helps remove the pressure from what can feel like very serious work.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Young – was your favorite?
The narrator spoke for the author with complete authority. His performance is so natural, it's easy to forget the voice you are hearing is not that of Mel Ash.
What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Zen of Recovery?
I did not actively try to assimilate the book but let it wash over me and seep into my subconscious. One thing perhaps is the sense that a higher power can be anything or anyone as long as it is beyond you, that is outside of you. After watching Pride and Prejudice recently, I decided my higher power looks like Laurence Olivier's Darcy in the sense that if Larry were to turn his eyes upon you and look directly at you, it would feel like what it must feel like to have God look at you. This heart pounding exhilaration and all consuming warm glow. Silly, maybe, but its nice to have the visual image and this little joke to pull out my pocket when the idea of God seems too intangible to apply to everyday life.
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If you could sum up The Zen of Recovery in three words, what would they be?
This is a good experience. The combining of Zen Philosophy and AA 12 step Recovery program is a natural fit. It's was a great source of support in my own recovery practice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was very easy and calming to listen to.
Any additional comments?
I would recomend this book to anyone that would like to get better insight into themselves and the world around them.