Well, I don't see anywhere in the book that even hints at suggesting this.... "practice the principles of the first 5 steps for a month to make sure I'm giving God my defects."
It beats me where people get this stuff from. Why do people constantly try to put their own "spin" on what is quite a straightforward set of instructions?
This does make sense, on the face of it. However, when I handed my will and my life over to the care of God, I also asked for knowledge of God's will for me and the power to carry it out (as suggested in the book's Step 3 prayer). If a sponsor was suggesting to me something that I felt wasn't right, I would have to question it, as Taryn is doing.If you've done your Step 3, you've turned your will and your life over; you are now not in control. Maybe you should just do as your sponsor suggests and see what the outcome is?
Taryn feels she is ready to move ahead and this is what she should do. She is clearly becoming frustrated by this whole business, which is dangerous for any of us.
I was able to work the steps simply by doing what the book says, without the aid of a sponsor, except for step 5. I worked through them quickly. I was able to go back and do another 4 and 5 at a later date whenever it was needed and still do if I need to. I see no reason for delaying working the steps as suggested in the book - NONE.