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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312181825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312181826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AA to Z is a reader-friendly paperback chock full of useful information for new Alcoholics Anonymous participants, students of 12-step programs, and the general reader curious to know how such programs operate. Cavanaugh, managing editor for Reader's Digest General Books, presents a brief overview of AA's beginnings, its connection to the Oxford movement, and its enduring steps to sobriety. "Through the years," Cavanaugh states, "the people who live a 12-step life have formed a unique culture, with a language, history, and set of customs all its own. This book attempts to document that culture." Introductory comments are followed by "Jack's Story," a prototype of addiction and recovery, as well as an alphabetic "addictionary" of AA jargon. In A Sponsorship Guide, which is set up in interview format, a group of 17 active, experienced sponsors, primarily from New York City and the West Coast, comment on issues such as same-sex sponsorship, the place of friendship in a sponsor/sponsee relationship, gay sponsorship, and qualities of a good sponsor. Each of the 12 steps is discussed, as well as various methods for working them with sponsees. Readers are assured that there are many ways to be an effective sponsor and that no one path to success exists. Included are a suggested reading list and step worksheets. Although the author remains anonymous, she reveals that she is a Los Angeles screenwriter and director.?Catherine T. Charvat, John Marshall Lib., Alexandria, Va.
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M.T. is a Hollywood screenwriter and director with nine years of recovery. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Even so, we keep on trudging and just hope we can plant a seed.
Amazon Customer
On balance however, I recommend the book as a good way to jump-start your own thinking about these issues.
PeacefulNan
The book concludes with a section on "Writing the Steps" with Step Worksheets.
L. G. Parkhurst

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By PeacefulNan on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first full length book I have ever found on the issue of sponsorhip within 12 step groups. M.T. has assembled several experienced sponsors to share their feelings and experiences about the sponsorship process, working the steps with a sponsee, problems encountered and discoveries made. The book's strength (a wide variety of opinions from a variety of people) is also its greatest weakness (you might be more confused than ever about which path is the right one for you to take with your sponsee). On balance however, I recommend the book as a good way to jump-start your own thinking about these issues. Take what you like and leave the rest.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Parkhurst on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
More Sponsors will probably read this book than Sponsees, but it does contain valuable information for both. The chapter on Steps 4 and 5 was particularly helpful; however, I do think there is some value in doing your 5th Step with someone you do not know, such as a person in the clergy or other counselor. This book certainly shows the value of the Sponsor walking through ALL the steps with the Sponsee, and doing so beginning with Step 1, instead of starting where the Sponsee wants to start. This book would also be valuable for people leading Serenity Groups, or considering the beginning of such a group. We do have everyone in our own Serenity Groups, who want to be Sponsors, read this book before they take on the challenge. The book not only teaches how to do things, but what to avoid. There is real value in learning from so many people who have contributed to the book. Because this book does include answers from people in various recovery groups, it can be read with profit by anyone in any 12 Step Program. The book concludes with a section on "Writing the Steps" with Step Worksheets. These can be used by the Sponsor with the Sponsee, and could also be made available at meetings (with the publisher's permission). See also the book Prayer Steps to Serenity The Twelve Steps Journey: New Serenity Prayer Edition [Paperback] for both personal and group 12 Step questions and guides that are free to use in groups.

In conclusion, I found two contributors that I liked the best, so I chose to read through the book again just reading what each of these contributors wrote (one contributor at a time), and I found this really helpful to me and my own work.

L.G.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christy1c on March 29, 2004
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This book contains interviews with sponsors from a variety of 12-step programs like AA, NA, OA and they answer common questions like "Should you become friends with a sponsee?" One will say "No, absolutely not..." and the next will say "Yes, I always become friends with my sponsees..." and each has a valid reason for their answer. This eased my mind greatly when I was starting to sponsor because I kept wondering "Am I doing it right?" and the info in this book helped me relax and realize there is really no right or wrong to many aspects of sponsorship.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on July 12, 2008
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Not so much of a "how to" book. Provided comfort that there is no "right" way of sponsoring. Put my mind at ease about sponsoring.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2008
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This book contains various opinions from sponsors on numerous situations that occur during life. I would have liked it more if each opinion included a reference to the Big Book or the 12 X 12.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2013
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As a long time member of AA I found this book useful. People are sharing their experiences with sponsorship. Clearly a lot of them have been in the trenches and know that being a sponsor is difficult and often thankless. Even so, we keep on trudging and just hope we can plant a seed. We ned more books about sponsorship written from the point of view of someone with a lot of experience sponsoring people.
Good job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary on July 13, 2012
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This book is a must-have if you have had no experience in sponsoring. The first person I gave it to read has 22 years in the program, and she loved it. I would definitely suggest you also buy "A Woman's Way to the Twelve Steps" workbook to go along with it. The combination of these two books has changed the entire way I sponsor - for the better.
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By beth jordan on April 1, 2014
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nice item thanks for doing your job. was very happy with you . have a great life. I know I will.
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