The inimitable Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement, has also been a pioneer in the interfaith movement. Like many other spiritual teachers, he is immensely impressed with the fellowship, encouragement, support, discipline, and practicality of the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Method. He sees this program as a wisdom spiritual tradition. This book is centered around a conversation with Bill S., a member of a Twelve Step Group. Father Keating goes through the steps one by one, offering his interpretations of each one.

"The real spiritual journey depends on our acknowledging the unmanageability of our lives," the Trappist monk writes. He goes on to say good things about sponsors, the ideal of total honesty about oneself, meditation as a healing force, making amends with all the people we have harmed, self-inventory as aspiration, and the use of Centering Prayer to help deepen the practice of the eleventh step.