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Like many alcoholics and addicts, when John R. began his recovery at age seventeen, he was given a Big Book. At first he was reluctant to wade through the old-fashioned language and the stories about people he didn't think he could relate to. But, over time, he realized that the best way to get sober--and to stay sober--is to learn from those who have gone before us. And so he read Alcoholics Anonymous and took the first step toward changing his life. Today, with more than twenty years of sobriety, John is an adolescent chemical dependency counselor, showing addicts how the core messages of AA are as powerful and relevant to them as they have been to the millions of others who have gotten help for addiction over the years. With The 12 Steps Unplugged, he makes the Twelve Steps accessible to all of us. In this simple and often funny guide, he interprets the philosophies and stories of the Big Book in straightforward language that speaks to regular people. John will help you connect with the basic messages of getting honest with yourself, accepting the help of others, and finding a relevant spiritual support. Through The 12 Steps Unplugged, you'll discover just how universal the AA program really is.
A young man undertakes to become the most thorough rake of the Victorian era. He begins by seducing schoolgirls then graduates to the wives and mothers of his acquaintances. He eventually moves to Paris, where he can indulge his debauchery completely. This erotic novel was published anonymously in Victorian England and is highly evocative of the sensuality forbidden from mainstream literature at the time.
These meditations guide us to the strength and courage within ourselves that is necessary to face the lingering shadows of sex addiction. With the inspiration and support unique to Hazelden meditation books, Answers in the Heart provides solace for the pain and inspiration for lasting recovery.
This collection of over 40 tales, including Aladdin and his Magic Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and the Sinbad stories, is adapted directly from the unexpurgated 1886 10-volume translation by Sir Richard F. Burton.
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."--Ralph Waldo Emerson.To achieve well-being in life you need physical, spiritual, and emotional health.At My Best, by author of A Day At A Time, draws on the wisdom of the present and past to help you set personal priorities in your search for well-being and follow through with disciplined and consistent actions toward that goal. Here are 365 mediations, one for each day of the year, built around appropriate quotations form famous authors that deal with such themes as your inner power, the link between mind and body, how your thoughts affect your health, how to choose affirming responses to setbacks in your life, and the use of mental imagery and visualization to conquer addiction and self-defeat.From the Trade Paperback edition.
What was love really like in the 1970s? Women were marching forward in the Women's Movement, "bringing home the bacon," exercising their newfound sexual freedom, and still searching for true love. Introducing, Bedroom Roulette, the latest book in the TruLOVE Collection series, guest edited by romance book expert Ron Hogan.Bedroom Roulette is a collection of 13 love stories focused on the changing lives, loves and careers of women in the '70s. It's hard to resist these tantalizing tales with titles like:· "Bedroom Roulette - The Game Suburban Housewives Play"· "We Joined Our Teenage Daughter at a Free-Love Farm"· "The Night My Husband Demanded an Orgy"· "Why Not? We Used To Be Married"Hogan provides a revealing look at various kinds of love stories from the early 1970s in America. Topics that were previously taboo were now being discussed in "polite" society. The sexual revolution was in full swing and the feminist movement was taking hold. Pop culture is alive and well in Bedroom Roulette as it gives readers a "fly on the wall" peek at a pivotal moment in American cultural history. Many of the stories included in this TruLOVE Collection will surprise-and possibly shock--the reader.
Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew--by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a 20-something London working girl--and had the audacity to write about it--anonymously. The shockingly candid and explicit diary she put on the Internet became a London sensation. She shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed. The witty observations, shocking revelations, and hilarious scenarios deliver like the very best fiction and make for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.
The story of one man's triumph over a legendary monster, Beowulf marks the beginning of Anglo-Saxon literature as we know it today. This Enriched Classic includes: • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context • An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations • Detailed explanatory notes • Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson
Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory, life and death. Its beauty, power, and artistry have kept it alive for more than thirteen centuries.
"I was born, to be exact, in a hotel then known as Wilson House... I was born, perhaps rightly, in a room just back of the old bar."It was the beginning of a life that would change the lives of millions. Told here for the first time in his own words is the story of the man who would come to be known as Bill W. - a man who, for his part in founding the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, would be celebrated as one of the important figures of the twentieth century."The terrifying darkness had become complete. In agony of spirit, I again thought of the cancer of alcoholism which had now consumed me in mind and spirit, and soon the body." But what of the Great Physician? For a brief moment, I suppose, the last trace of my obstinacy was crushed out as the abyss yawned.I remember saying to myself, "I'll do anything, anything at all. If there be a Great Physician, I'll call on him." Then, with neither faith nor hope I cried out, "If there be a God, let him show himself."
This book of daily meditations focuses on the whole human being with words of inspiration and healing that address all aspects of addiction recovery.
His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.<P> The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he's harboring inside. The secret that could change everything.<P> And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever.<P> His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.
The Book of Jubilees -- also known as The Little Genesis -- purports to be a divine revelation delivered by an angel from God to Moses during the prophet's sojourn on Mount Sinai. Chiefly based upon the historical narratives in Genesis and Exodus, the book probably originated as a Jewish apocalyptical work. It also contains a fascinating variety of material not found in the Bible, including details concerning the Fall, Cain and Abel, angels, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Jacob's visions, the Messianic Kingdom, and many other subjects. Well known to early Christian writers of East and West alike, these writings entered into no canons except those of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. They remain a popular source for the construction of "alternative histories," particularly those relating to the early Christian church. This inexpensive new edition features an Introduction by historian G. H. Box.
An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous, with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians.The Book That Started It All offers fresh insights into the history and foundation of the revolutionary Alcoholics Anonymous program. Reproduced in this elegant gift edition with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians, the original working manuscript is the missing link in our understanding of what transpired between AA founder Bill Wilson's first draft of Alcoholics Anonymous and the first published edition. In January 1939, Wilson and other AA founders distributed 400 copies of his typescript to everyone they could think of "who might be concerned with the problem of alcoholism," to test out the program. As the loan copies were returned, suggestions for revision were considered and written out in colored pencil on one master copy that was eventually submitted for publication.The many changes made in black, green, and red on page after page are shown here in their original form, revealing the opinions, debates, and discussions that went into making the Big Book.
A dark and edgy first-person cautionary tale about how one girl's seemingly minor choices quickly spiraled into a life as a sex worker in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.She had a normal life, until one small decision changed everything. Suddenly, there were new possibilities and new experiences.But not all of those experiences were good.Read her shocking story in the diary she left behind.
In Casino Confidential, a veteran pit boss and dealer (who must remain anonymous) takes readers behind the scenes to show where casinos are most vulnerable--and which bets are simply a waste of money. Through chapters on blackjack, Texas hold 'em, roulette, craps, baccarat, slot machines, and more, readers will learn: * Basic strategy for the most popular casino games * Five keys to successful gambling * Tips for identifying and maintaining positive streaks * Advice on money and bankroll management . . . and much more. Along the way, Anonymous shares examples and anecdotes gleaned from a career working as a pit boss and keeping high rollers under his thumb. You've been told again and again that the odds are stacked against players--but that doesn't stop thousands of gamblers from winning big every day. Discover what they all have in common--and what the house doesn't want you to know--in Casino Confidential.
A Day at a Time workings are based on the spiritual foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous. These daily reflections and prayers offer inspiration, comfort, and hope to those of us recovering from addictions. A Day at a Time also draws upon the wisdom of the world's greatest poets, scholars, and philosophers.
A Day at a Time is an essential recovery tool for compulsive gamblers, these daily reflections and prayers offer us hope, support, and guidance throughout the year. It also addresses the issues and fears often faced by those of us in recovery.
Newly revised, this classic meditation book has brought an eloquent message about living one day at a time to more than a million recovering addicts. Its inspirational passages augment and reinforce AA principles about coping constructively with life's daily problems, staying sober, and growing spiritually.
Hurt people hurt people. Say there was a novel in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer's assistant and, somehow, they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He's blinded by love. She by ambition. Diary of an Oxygen Thief is an honest, hilarious, and heartrending novel, but above all, a very real account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.
This compelling book The Dual Disorders Recovery Book, written for those of us with an addiction and a psychiatric illness, provides a source of information and support throughout our recovery. Personal stories offer experience, strength, and hope as well as expert advice. The book offers information on how Steps 1-5 apply specifically to us. An appendix includes a "Blueprint for Recovery," the meeting format of Dual Recovery Anonymous, and self-help resources.
From the IntroductionEasy Does It is a slogan and a philosophy of all 12 Step Fellowships. Those who work toward progress in recovery are advised to be patient. When they go slowly - and solutions to problems and situations begin to appear - they can take action.Easy Does It reminds one not to rush the Program faster than it can go, but to grow into the Program. Waiting patiently and carefully is not procrastinating. Every moment spent learning is an investment in the knowledge that one is finding the right answers.Easy Does It is not about being lazy. It is about working on slowing down and taking life on life's terms. It is simply being tuned into the secret of how recovery and life actually work.This book is for members of all 12 Step Fellowships dedicated to a sane and manageable way of life, free of addictions, compulsions, and dependencies.The "keep it simple" manner in which this book is written will help newcomers with the basics of the Program. Members who have more time in recovery will also benefit. As old-timers often say, "We never stop learning. As we will always be a student in our Program, we remain teachable, we continue to open our minds to accept and our hearts to understand."The Program suggests to 12 Step members that they have a quiet time each morning and "dress their minds as carefully as they dress their bodies." These daily recovery readings will guide you in planning and organizing positive thoughts and attitudes as each day begins.At the end of the book is an inventory checklist, the 12 Steps and Traditions, and an index which allows you to use this book at any time to check a topic and gather helpful insight. The Twelve Step Prayer book, a companion book to Easy Does It, provides a collection of the best-loved prayers used by Twelve Step members for your prayer life.May these daily readings help you in the morning, throughout your day, and on your journey with your fellow travelers. --Bill Pittman
Charles is 15 years old and starts his sexual adventures with his two governesses, a married woman and aunt and two sisters. This book contains sexual descriptions and involves incest.
Western drama, having all but disappeared during the Dark Ages, reemerged spontaneously in the liturgy and life of the medieval church. Vernacular miracle plays of England's Middle Ages were performed by lay people -- many by trade guilds -- unschooled in church Latin, but familiar with the biblical events upon which the dramas were based. Morality plays provided moral instruction, their principal characters vivid personifications of virtue and vice. The most durable of the morality plays has proven to be Everyman, whose central character, summoned by Death, must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds. This venerable drama is reprinted here along with three other medieval classics: The Second Shepherds' Play, Noah's Flood, and Hickscorner.
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