This book makes the 12 steps more accessible to a modern audience in several ways. Principally, and by Brand's own admission, by removing the more obvious references to God, and replacing them with a more secular language of spirituality, whilst maintaining the meaning and relevance of the idea of a higher power. By doing this, this book helped me to work the steps. If you are experiencing pain, and aren't familiar with 12 step programs, this is a great introduction. Kudos to Brand for an insightful, honest, and ultimately very useful book.