Higher Power vs. God – Is There Really a Difference?

Turning our wills over to “God as we understand Him.” 

That’s a common theme in 12-step recovery. The term “higher power” is also used within step-based addiction treatment literature. This accounts for the endless experiences of faith backgrounds that we all grew up with or turned against as we came of adult age.

Not God – my12stepstore.com

The most complete history of A.A. ever written. Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of A.A.’s early figures.




Waiting by Marya Hornbacher | My 12 Step Store
For those who don’t believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher, author of the New York Times best sellers Madness and Wasted, offers a down-to-earth exploration of the concept of faith.


For about 80 percent of Americans, the concept of God may include the being described in the Holy Bible, faith in God but not necessarily as depicted in the Bible’s text, or a combination of both. Others do not believe in this deity, but they might still have a faith that there is someone or something out there that they can rely on for recovery support. Much of the thinking about a “higher power” or “God” has to do with the religious denominations people have been introduced to as a child and new ones they studied when living on their own.

Came to Believe

For easier reading, this large print edition is twice the size of the regular Came To Believe. This is the spiritual adventure of A.A. as experienced by individual members.





In God’s Care

The books in the Hazelden Meditation Series have guided millions as they search for the wisdom and understanding they need to live one day at a time.


For instance, some Christians could later learn about the name of “Yahweh” and call God by that name. People who grew up Buddhist, Hindu or Pagan, however, might not refer to God or Yahweh at all. However, they might still pray and meditate. Yet another group of people might not associate “higher power” with any religion or deity but rather is a connection to nature or a thread that binds all people together.

Spiritual Awakenings -Journeys of the Spirit | Spiritual AA Book

Spiritual Awakenings -Journeys of the Spirit Read about the journeys of the spirit AAs have taken on the way from alcoholism to recovery: Their return to the abandoned faith of their youth.




Seeking the Spiritual Path – Home of the very best in recovery books and unique gifts

More than 70 stories of spiritual discovery compiled from Lifeline magazine. Explores such topics as the search for a Higher Power, spiritual experiences before and during the program, tools for spiritual growth and the perspective of agnostics and atheists.


So, What Exactly Is a Higher Power?

The concept of “higher power” often seems hard to comprehend, except that it does connect most people with the faith recommended to become and remain sober. The term “higher power” also became a way to not require people to worship one particular being if they decide to join a 12-step group. It’s up to you to search for yourselves for what you believe is the truth concerning what exactly a higher power or God is. In doing so, don’t forget the most important aspect of recovery – giving up control.

A Guide to the Big Book’s Design for Living with a Higher PowerThe Big Book Workbooks Set

Love This : A Guide to the Big Book’s Design for Living with a Higher PowerThe Big Book Workbooks Set





Recovering Spirituality – my12stepstore.com

Recovering Spirituality guides those in recovery in developing the awareness and skills to deal with life’s issues by practicing authentic spirituality and emotional sobriety.


The Primary Objective of “Turning our Wills Over”

Turning our wills over to a higher power means that we need to surrender. We can’t keep controlling every aspect of our lives if we want to become sober. Furthermore, we need to recognize that we cannot achieve sobriety on our own and in isolation even if we have to live six feet away from one another as we did in 2020. Besides, some of us were isolated long before the Covid-19 pandemic began, so feeling alone is not something new. This loneliness might be all the reason to seek some force outside ourselves when we cannot be around other people.

Spiritual Recovery

Part One – An analysis of the ancient spiritual truths set forth in the first 164 pages of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Why are they as effective today as when first published in 1939?





Sunshine Serenity Prayer God Box – Home of the very best in recovery books and unique gifts

Your choice small/large wooden God box with the Serenity Prayer at the top of lid. People used God Boxes to pray, or send out positive intentions to the universe.


If you feel alone and stuck, you can find more information about how to come out of isolation on your recovery trip long after the Covid-19 pandemic is officially declared as “over.” Seek inspiration from My 12 Step Store to help you along during times when you feel separated from people. 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *