Here are some books we like, related to our recovery. Some are really “recovery” books, others are about “spirituality.” Every order you place through Amazon from this page helps to support The Recovery Show. If you have suggestions for books we should add to this list, please send email to or leave a comment below.

Al-Anon books are available directly from the Al-Anon online store. Most Al-Anon meetings have literature for sale, so you might want to check at a meeting before ordering Al-Anon literature online.

Al-Anon BooksHaving Had a Spiritual Awakening (e-book)

How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics

Al-Anon's basic book
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon

Daily Reader
Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II
book cover

Daily Reader

Paths to Recovery — Al-Anon's Steps, Traditions, and Concepts

Thorough study guide for our Legacies
Hope For Today
book cover

Daily sharings from Al-Anon’s adult children members
Many Voices, One Journey

Al-Anon's story of growth and recovery
Discovering Choices
book cover

Recovery in relationships, shared by members.
Lois Remembers
book cover

Al-Anon's beginnings, as recalled by our cofounder, Lois W.
Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses
book cover

Recovery from grief and loss
Reaching for Personal Freedom:Living the Legacies
book cover

A workbook for the Steps, Traditions, and Concepts.
From Survival to Recovery

Al-Anon adult children tell their stories. Explores the long-term effects of being raised with alcoholism, and why Al-Anon can help.

Co-dependencyCodependent no more

by Melody Beattie

The Language of Letting Go

by Melody Beattie
The New Codependency

by Melody Beattie
Alcoholics Anonymous BooksThe “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous (hard cover)
The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous (paperback)AA “12 and 12”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Annotated AA Handbook: A Companion to the Big Book

Author: Frank Dwyer
Adult ChildrenAdult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
(AKA The Big Red Book)
Hard Cover
Soft Cover
Twelve Steps of Adult Children
Steps Workbook
Anne LamottHelp, Thanks, Wow
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Brené BrownDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
The Gifts of Imperfection
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
Alcoholism and Addiction memoirsBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction

Drinking: a Love Story

The Liars' Club: A Memoir

(Part 1)

(Part 2>
Lit: A Memoir

(Part 3)
Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
PoetryDrunks and Other Poems of Recovery
RecoveryNot God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous
SpiritualityStart Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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9 comments on “Books

  1. Joe Priest says:

    Where is the list of all your song choices you pick for each episode?

    Thank you for all you do, JP

    1. The Recovery Show says:

      Joe, the songs are included in the notes for the episode. So if you want to find the songs for, say, episode 192, just go to

  2. Ginger L says:

    I have read many of the books on the list and continue to use them in my recovery. A book you may consider adding is Letting Go by David Hawkins. The author shares the process of letting go and surrendering that which blocks us from a power greater than ourselves. Then guides the reader to understand the Map of Consciousness through which we all experience life. I have read this book once and now reading it again with friends.

  3. Lynn says:

    I totally enjoy your podcasts… thank you so much for making them, they help me so much!

  4. Jennifer W says:

    I’d like to see a selection of books about boundaries.

  5. Michele says:

    Hi Spencer,
    My name is Michele and I am a first time listener and already hooked. What great messages and help with recovery!
    I have for years read, given away, and bought more of Melody Beattie’s Language of Letting Go. These books have saved me many times. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how my codependency was holding me back and your show is going to be a part of my daily and weekly routine for many years to come.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello my 3 new best friends,
      My husband went into rehab last Tuesday. Sitting at home not nosing where to turn I searched the internet and I went through many sites and podcasts and the minute I heard your 3 voices my heart knew.
      I’ve listened to your very first podcast and haven’t stopped. I am amazed every that every broadcast has spoken to me and brought me to a place of knowing. Knowing that this IS my journey.
      I thank you so much for your insight, honesty, and truth you share,
      I am so excited about this journey.


  6. Kerry says:

    Thank you so much for your podcast. It really helped me today. In the episode on Love and Fear, you and the wonderful speaker discussed a 92 page workbook on the steps. I don’t see it in the show notes. Do you know where I can find that? Thank you again for all your help. Kerry

    1. The Recovery Show says:

      There are two workbooks that might fit that description. First is Blueprint for Progress, which is a Step 4 workbook, and has 96 pages. The other is Reaching for Personal Freedom, which is a workbook for the Steps, Traditions and Concepts, and has 176 pages.

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