Dead Set On Living Now Available

March 7, 2018 by Chris Grosso

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Well, the day has finally arrived and Dead Set On Living is now officially in the world. This book quite literally almost took my life, but I’m still standing and believe with my entire everything that it can deeply benefit all beings on their healing journeys. And that has very little to do with me, but rather the illuminating conversations I was blessed to have with a very eclectic mix of spiritual teachers, artists, neuroscientists, addiction experts, and so on. But this is not just a book about addiction/recovery. It is a book about exploring why we return to self-defeating behaviors (whatever they may be) and most importantly, how to truly overcome them. My sincerest thanks to everyone who’s already bought a copy or is planning on it. And I understand if you’re not financially able to (totally) but if it sounds like something that may be of service to people you know, it’d mean so much if you could share about it on social media or with your friends, family, or whomever. It’s available everywhere books are sold in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. My deepest love and gratitude to you all! May we all be free from suffering.


There are hundreds of great books about recovery but not one about what it’s like to relapse and recover again comprised of no-holds-barred conversations and practices that readers can carry with them through any circumstance. Dead Set on Living is essential reading for anyone seeking a path to healing through adversity, understanding the human condition, and rebuilding relationships after promises have been broken.

“Why do we do things we know will hurt us and the people we love?”

In his recovery from drugs and alcohol, Chris Grosso has stumbled, staggered, and started all over again. As the Indie Spiritualist—an author and podcaster exploring spirituality often within the context of sobriety—Chris has genuine relationships with beloved luminaries and bestselling authors from Ram Dass to Gabor Mate, Lissa Rankin to Noah Levine, J. Ivey to J.P. Sears, Ken Wilber to Sharon Salzberg, so he went to them for answers. He then sought out other spiritual teachers, psychologists, doctors, artists, skaters, and more, asking the hard questions that addicts and the people who love them grapple with. He received answers that may surprise or even shock, but will definitely enlighten.

– Why is it that many of us who’ve been in recovery or on a spiritual path don’t use the tools we have during particularly difficult times?
– How can we find authentic forgiveness towards ourselves after we fall down, whether it’s after relapsing or returning to other self-defeating behaviors?
– Why are so many of us plagued with thoughts of unworthiness and dissatisfaction and how can we begin to lay our weapons down and cultivate inner peace?
– How do you see God or Higher Power in the process of relapse and recovery?
– What’s the relationship between trauma and addiction?
– What are stress, fear, worry, and anxiety really?
– What can people do to protect ourselves from relapsing again?

In Dead Set on Living Chris invites us to sit in on these conversations to discover why people return to self-defeating behaviors—drugs, alcohol, unhealthy eating, sex, media, shopping—and how they can recover, heal, and thrive. He then goes a step further, bringing readers who have suffered the consequences of any kind of addiction—their own or that of a loved one—into the conversation by sharing the practices that have taught him to be more loving, compassionate, and forgiving with himself as well as new meditation and healing techniques he learned while speaking with the contributors for the book.

Dead Set on Living is modelled on Krista Tippet’s books, especially her recent bestseller Becoming Wise, which combines narrative and interview. The similarities go beyond structure—both Chris and Krista share an avocation for deep listening to spiritual leaders, artists, scientists, and sharing what they’ve learned. Dead Set on Living is a juicy read that goes beyond anthology and self-help using

Chris’s relationships and personal experiences as the through-line as he explores the human condition, pain, and restoration with depth, wisdom, and humor.

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.