Manage episode 361962587 series 2921772
This episode contains my takeaways from reading the book Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering by Dr. Peg O'Connor, a professor of philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Dr. O'Connor shares details about the life and works of philosopher William James, James's influence on the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and how AA could help even more people with recovery from alcohol addiction by using more inclusive terminology in their spiritual tenets. The book also fleshes out James's ideas on spirituality and how they can help anyone trying to better themselves. I found several key ideas in the book that may help us along our spiritual journey. Join me as I delve into it!
For more information on Peg O'Connor, William James, and Alcoholics Anonymous, explore the following links:
- https://gustavus.edu/profiles/poconnor (faculty bio of Dr. O'Connor on the Gustavus Adolphus College website)
- https://pegoconnorauthor.com/ (Peg's author website)
- https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621 (link to the e-book for The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James on Project Gutenberg)
- https://www.aa.org/ (Alcoholics Anonymous website)