Book Review: The Third Step by William Lobbcategories: Book, Recovery, Drug Violence, Redemption, Murder, Paranormal, Revenge, God, Understanding, Twelve Steps, Drug Addiction
William Lobbabout this book: The Third Step is a book about drug dependence and recovery and a search for an understanding of the creator of the universe, all within the structure of a story of some dark and shady characters. It only took about six months to write, but an eternity to edit. Writing is fun and creative and inspiring, editing is the opposite.
The title came to me quite naturally while talking to a friend. The Third Step in the Twelve Traditions of AA/NA is the one many, including me, have battled long and hard with. I researched this book over the course of twenty five years of heavy drug and alcohol abuse.
You know someone who is an abuser of alcohol, painkillers or even heroin but you are not aware of it. This kind of abuse is all around you every day, and it's growing at a frightening pace.The war on drugs is a complete and dismal failure.
Like millions of others I fell into this hell and at one rock bottom or another I found the 12 steps... and they failed me. They failed me at the third step:
"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him"
I came to a realization that I could not work within these steps. I could not come to a peace within these twelve steps if I had to accept this "God" entity on another's terms. My understanding of God was always an interpretation of someone else's interpretation. And that was of someone else's before them. It was a long journey to come to my own peace.
I wrote this fictional account of my own long journey to peace and sobriety, interlaced with tales of everyday sex, money, smuggling and murder along the way.
I wrote it to entertain because anyone who is losing their footing on that ugly and slippery slope is looking for the next thrill, and in finding it, my hope is that they might just hear – or better feel – a message. Everything you seek be it sensation or solution is within you.
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A new refreshing voice!Truly a unique refreshing read like no other before. I found my self chuckling in the supermarket as I looked for Kaiser rolls……. It made me think of Frankie ordering one in the diner. You just can't help but love the guy and want to see him reach sobriety.
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