In this video excerpt Newt Gingrich talks about the spiritual benefits of reading the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In this Youtube video, Newt Gingrich discusses a “hollow” feeling that he experienced at a previous time in his life (not specified how long ago).
At that time, a banker friend of his from Georgia gave him “the two books that make up Alcoholics Anonymous.” It is not clear if he is referring to the two “sections” of the Big Book or if he is referring to the Big Book and the “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.” Newt indicates that he did not himself struggle with alcoholism.
Newt continues to describe the transformative effect it had upon him and goes on to say:
“Had I not had that intervention, I might have collapsed totally. That was the beginning of turning my life around.”
No matter what you may think of Newt’s ideologies (or personal life choices), he is a unique and strong individual and currently appears to be the GOP candidate of choice for 2012.
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