12-Step Books

The following is a list of classic recovery books that help explain the 12-steps and how to apply the principles to daily life. 

[Please note this list does not include conference approved basic texts such as “Alcoholics Anonymous”, “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” and “Narcotics Anonymous”.]

A New Pair of glasses

“A New Pair of Glasses” is a 12-step classic that presents the talks of Chuck C., a well-respected speaker in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) circles, into book form.

In this book, Chuck C. shares his personal journey of recovery and imparts profound insights into the principles and practices of AA. Through his engaging and relatable stories, readers gain a fresh perspective on the AA program and its potential to bring about positive change in their lives.

“A New Pair of Glasses” offers hope, encouragement, and a renewed sense of purpose to those seeking recovery from addiction, reminding them that a new way of seeing the world is possible.

“In AA, we learn to face life’s challenges with a new outlook, like wearing a new pair of glasses that helps us see things in a different light.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1984
  • Author: Chuck C.
  • Number of Pages: 151 pages

Drop the Rock


“Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects” is a book that explores the process of letting go of harmful character defects and behaviors in recovery.

Drawing from the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the 12-step program, the book provides practical guidance on addressing and releasing these self-destructive patterns.

Through relatable stories and helpful tools, “Drop the Rock” offers a pathway to emotional and spiritual growth, empowering us to embrace positive change and find greater serenity in our lives. This book serves as a valuable resource for those seeking to shed the burdens of the past and foster a life of renewed purpose and authenticity.

“In our journey of recovery, we drop the rock, releasing what no longer serves us, paving the way for inner peace and a brighter future.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1991
  • Authors: Bill P., Todd W., and Sara S.
  • Number of Pages: 192

Drop the Rock : The ripple effect

In “Drop the Rock: The Ripple Effect,” the authors present a powerful exploration of Step 10 in the Twelve Step Program, showcasing it as a crucial pathway to achieving a life free from fear and resentment while embracing serenity and gratitude.

Drawing upon the experiences and perspectives of people who have effectively worked the 12 steps, this book offers insights and practical wisdom for those seeking to lead a sober and fulfilling life.

“We strive for progress, not perfection. Our journey is about finding the courage to keep moving forward, to drop the burdens of fear and resentment, and to embrace the transformative power of serenity and gratitude.”

  • Original Date of Publication: 2016
  • Author: Fred H.
  • Number of Pages: 120

Breathing Under Water

Richard Rohr’s “Breathing Under Water” explores the parallels between the teachings of Jesus and the wisdom of the Twelve Steps.

Drawing connections between Christian principles and the recovery journey, this book offers a fresh perspective on the power of the 12-step program, helping us face our imperfections and move toward true healing.

“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 2011
  • Author: Richard Rohr
  • Number of Pages: 160

The Little red book

The Little Red Book, initially titled The Twelve Steps, is a comprehensive guide to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), originally published in 1946 by Ed W. and Barry C.

It stems from the “Twelve Step Study” classes conducted by Ed W. in 1942, which contributed to the Minneapolis Group’s impressive 75% recovery rate.

This book offers firsthand insights into how some of AA’s earliest members embraced the program as their way of life, making it a valuable resource for both newcomers and old-timers seeking practical experience in their journey to recovery.

“Progress is not the result of luck or accident, nor can it be purchased for a price or taken in a pill. It comes as a direct result of our honest effort to work through the Twelve Steps as they are outlined in our basic textbook.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1946
  • Author: Ed W. and Barry C.
  • Pages: 116

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