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Chronic Illness and the Twelve Steps: A Practical Approach to Spiritual Resilience Paperback – August 31, 1999
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my life. I have not found a book yet which described with
honesty, compassion, and love, the truths that people with
chronic illness have to deal with daily. I felt validated
and reassured that my pain was real. I would recommend it to
anyone who feels there is no hope to be heard.
Books like Dr Martha Cleveland's Chronic Illness and the Twelve Steps, which offer practical help, have a large potential market. Millions of people have chronic illnesses, and those millions have people who care about them and stand alongside their loved ones seeking solutions.
This book outlines the Twelve Step journey and the way it develops emotional resilience to manage chronic illness. It describes, for example, the Steps asking the person to make a complete inventory and deal with the hurts of the past. Dr Cleveland is detailed in her analysis of emotional pain; how to identify it, how to remedy it, how to maintain a healthy emotional life.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the AA program were founded by Episcopal priest Sam Shoemaker. Fr Shoemaker is credited with the idea of twelve steps as a way of making spiritual resources available to people addicted to alcohol. This book is one of several that AA World Services Inc. have approved that adapt the Twelve Steps for diseases and addictions other than alcoholism. The sub-title of this book promises a practical approach to spiritual resilience in the AA tradition. I, however, would disagree that this book is about spiritual resilience, as its emphasis on emotional pain and healthy emotions is more to do with emotional resilience.
The near reduction of the concept of a Higher Power to faith in one's own projections illustrates the change of emphasis.Read more ›
Cleveland writes, "Ask your fear what it needs from you." If this works for you, great. I just found it frustrating. She has some good ideas. It was just hard for me to fish them out.
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This is an awesome book for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or a chronic illness. The book helps with the emotional pain that comes with dealing with chronic pain and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sheila Foley
This book uses he twelve step approach to accept emotions and limitations of chronic illness or disability. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jean Balotta
This book does not heal the chronic illness, but it definitely helps to stay connected to the spiritual strength that is necessary.Published on August 18, 2013 by Celeste Leone
A SOLID SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO A CHALLENGING CONDITION. FOR ANY ONE WHO SUFFERS FROM CHRONIC PAIN ANY TOOLS TO HELP GET THROUGH THE DIFFICULT DAYS AND ENABLE SOME SELF CARE IS... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Patricia Neary