12 Keys to Healing Dependence - 12-Step + Spiritual Practice
The history of the Anonymous 12-Step recovery program has been one of inspiring examples of success, combined with a very high rate of failure and recidivism. To be fair, the program was created for a very different time and a very different sensibility.
As we expand the application of the 12-Steps beyond substance abuse, we must remember that its original and core design was as a spiritual process. In these times, with cross-cultural beliefs and ideas, the challenge and opportunity is finding best practices in word and concept for the world we live in today.
Soul Recovery takes the essence of the 12-Steps and incorporates widely-accepted spiritual practices with a deeply compassionate approach:
Read more: About the Book
Walking back from the crack dealer's house was always the hard part. With her seven-year-old in tow, no promise of "never again" could convince. Even seven-year-olds know better than that. Fast forward to another life and a higher purpose: Walking off the stage at Madison Square Garden after singing with Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Beyonce' or Barbra Streisand—and having her life story featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Ester Nicholson, daughter of a Baptist minister, renowned vocalist, former addict, teacher and author of Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Dependence – finally realized what her healing called her to: A mission worth living for.
Soul Recovery, the process that Ms. Nicholson developed to heal herself of a life-threatening addiction unifies the 12 Steps of Recovery with universally accepted spiritual practices—and has guided thousands to their recovery and higher purpose.
Read more: About the Author
“Rather than a book based on echoes of inspirational ideas.
Ester Nicholson’s extraordinary work is a sharing of personal
experience as she moves from the darkness of futility
to a rebirth of new life. This adventure of Soul Recovery follows
a pathway of healing light with twelve keys as spiritual stepping-
stones. It’s a glorious journey in reshaping the mind for
greater oneness with the Holiness within–and as that happens,
miracles follow. Highly recommended.”
- John Randolph Price, Bestselling author and
Chairman of the Quartus Foundation
“In this book, Ester Nicholson captures the power and promise
of forgiveness for a community that desperately needs it.
She shows how to expand the 12-Step process into a comprehensive
spiritual teaching. I strongly recommend this book
for anyone seeking their own Soul Recovery.”
- Colin Tipping, Award-winning author of Radical Forgiveness
“Soul Recovery is a Godsend of compassionate understanding,
grit and grace known by one who has victoriously walked the
- Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder of Agape International
Spiritual Center and author of Life Visioning
“Ester Nicholson has all the essential qualities of greatness–
a unique tone, wonderful phrasing, emotional flexibility and
passion. In a nutshell the girl’s got soul!”
- Rod Stewart, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and
member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Read more: Testimonials
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"Ester Nicholson served as the featured “storyteller” for Renewal Houseʼs main fundraising event, A Womenʼs Thanksgiving. Esterʼs message and performance fulfilled our expectations and more. She did a beautiful job of combining stories of her personal journey with songs of hope and healing. She literally had the crowd on its feet as she concluded her appearance."