By Keith Miller | October 10, 2011

Finding a New Personality? Or Uncovering the One That Got Buried?

I’m a Christian and am also newly in a recovery program.  But I’m confused about some of the terminology of the spiritual life that seems to me to be more similar to the faith I found before recovery than I had thought, but still different.  My question is:  In the 12-Step program I’m now in, […]

By Keith Miller | September 16, 2011

What Does It Take to Begin?

Dear Keith, I don’t know what the matter with me is.  I have a good job and a caring family, but inside my head when I’m alone I seem to have some sort of secretive and self-defeating mental/emotional disease.  I find myself drinking and eating too much, and masturbating while looking at pornography.  And I’m […]

By Keith Miller | August 25, 2011

What Was it About Hank—That Changed Our Lives?

Saturday at Riverbend Church here in Austin, TX, a large number of people gathered to say a formal “Goodbye,” and “We love you, Hank!” to our dear remarkable, unpretentious friend, Francis Leo “Hank” McNamara. It was a strange mix: some 50 or 60 family members; many Austinites who had known Hank since grade school; at […]

By Keith Miller | May 25, 2011

Okay, I Surrendered—But Nothing Happened

Keith, what if we have let God in our lives and into the driver’s seat and nothing happened?  I still have the same struggles that I have always had.  Is there ever a way out?  I am really wondering and feel as though I am constantly in a spiritual battle between God and the devil.  […]

By Keith Miller | May 17, 2011

Shame and Guilt

Keith, Are there specific ways of dealing with the awful feelings of guilt and shame that come over people sometimes in the middle of the night and prevent sleep, etc.  Also, if one has these feelings, does it mean that he or she really isn’t committed to God?   That is a great question.  I […]

By Keith Miller | March 14, 2011

Don’t Look Behind the Curtain

Although I am a committed Christian, I have realized that I am also a compulsive “fixer.”  After my family rebelled against my attempts to help them I started working almost constantly in ministry.  I can’t seem to take time off just to live.  My fear is about losing touch with my family, and feeling lonely […]

By Keith Miller | February 16, 2011

Correction to “What Makes A Life Meaningful?”

On February 4th I posted a blog titled “What Makes A Life Meaningful.”  In that blog I was wrestling with the fact that as an old man (of 83) it seems to me about all I can do is help a few people find hope and meaning by helping them find sobriety and/or a new […]

By Keith Miller | February 4, 2011

What Makes A Life Meaningful?

I was thinking I’ve had my shot.  I’m an old man and all I can do is help a few people find hope and meaning by helping them find sobriety and/or a new life of faith in God. But helping some pretty negative and defiant people in these ways didn’t seem to me to be […]

By Keith Miller | January 3, 2011

God’s Fire Alarm System

 Keith, you have said that it’s better not to run from pain but to embrace it.  But I don’t get it. What on earth can be good about pain?  You’re sure not alone with that question.  Have you noticed how many commercials on television are about ways to quiet our pain?  Yet I believe that […]

By Keith Miller | August 18, 2010

Can We Become Addicted to God?

Dear Keith, I am in the process of working the Twelve Steps in a small group and am amazed at the challenge and healing it has already brought into my life.  Though I have been a Christian for twenty years, and was raised in a wonderful church, I feel like a new person!  I have […]

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