The Recovery Spiral: A Pagan Path To Healing
By Cynthia Jane Collins, M.Div., Citadel Press (Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Ms. Collins delivers a break-through book for Pagans suffering from the debilitating dis-ease of addictions. Whatever the addiction from alcohol or drugs to helping others or buying too much, this book works on the intuitive level to address the cause and changes needed to find relief from a life ravaged by addictive behaviors.
For years the Pagan sufferer has had to make do with books written mainly from a Judeo-Christian perspective. While many have found such books helpful and used them to achieve a measure of relief from their addictions, there was something “not quite right” from a Pagan viewpoint. The Recovery Spiral addresses this lack in many Pagan addicts’ needs for full recovery from addiction and its harmful side effects.
Ms. Collins based her book on her own recovery since 1974, and her specialized work on abuse and abuse related issues. She takes the Pagan addict on the Path of Recovery through meditation, ritual and tarot readings all based on a reworded 12 Step system of recovery with gentle humor and guidance. Through the stories of the author herself and several others in the book we learn how a Spiral Path of recovery can work in our own lives.
Each of the reworded 12 Steps is thoroughly explained in a Pagan perspective. The rituals are simple enough even for a beginner to the Pagan Ways. The author’s voice is clear and concise in he explanations of Step work. The book’s three distinct sections are well laid out for anyone wanting to use the book from the newest to recovery to those with many years of 12th Step experience.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to remove old baggage from their lives and replace it with healthy behaviors so they can live with a fuller connection to themselves, their friends, family and the Divine.