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William G. Borchert is the author of The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough and co-author of Sought Through Prayer and Meditation: Wisdom from the Sunday 11th Step Meetings at the Wolfe Street Center in Little Rock. His latest book, Spiritual Awakenings, was born from a very personal fascination with quiet miracles that change lives. A former partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his screenplay of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie My Name is Bill W. He lives in New York City and South Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; Hallmark edition (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592859801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592859801
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Henrich on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although I know the story of Lois Wilson, Mr Borchert's writing style and intimate knowledge of the Wilson's taught me so much more. The style is easy to read yet sophisticated- for example, when I neared the end, although I know her story and the ending, I stayed up very late one night because it's one of those books you just can't put down until you are done! That's all about the writer's style. The other big plus is Mr. Borchert's many year friendship with Lois and Bill- he knew details that just couldn't be known by looking in archival materials. This gave me new insights into Lois starting Al-Anon Family Groups and how she came to see her illness- I could identify.

thanks for writing this book, so many people just don't get it that Lois Wilson herself was a woman destined for greatness and it took God putting these two together, because without Lois, Bill would've perished long before he started AA. Thanks!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Hoaglin on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough

By: William G. Borchert

Hazelden

Center City, Minnesota 55012-0176

Lois Wilson was an amazing, wonderful woman and the world is a better place because she and her husband were in it. Author William G. Borchert used his words to express this woman's life, her trials, tribulations, and sanctification. Lois Wilson was the co-founder of the Al-Anon, and Alateen fellowships. Her husband Bill Wilson was one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This amazing book about her life starts as a flash back. It begins with introducing you to a very unhappy Lois in the early 1930's. Then it shifts to her beginnings. The book takes your hand and walks you through the entire life of Lois Wilson, her family, and some of her friends. It gives you explicit details about her life, how AA came about, Bill, and Al-Anon.

Lois met her husband Bill, who was four years her junior, in Vermont. This would prove to be a love that stood the test of time and alcohol. They married in January, before he went of to fight in WWI. They had a beautiful wedding in her parent's house in Brooklyn, and they were married for fifty-three years.

Lois's life with Bill was full of ups and downs. He was in the Army, and then an investigator on Wall Street. Bill was a genius. He began his drinking days when he was overseas, and it continued as it was seen as acceptable in his profession. This later carried on into him becoming an alcoholic.

Lois was forced to be the breadwinner of the family as Bill's drinking got worse and cost them everything that they had. Through all the years that she went through with him having this horrible sickness, she began to change and harbor much resentment.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tn Annie on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I identified, I re-felt the pain, I laughed, I cried and felt overwheling gratitude for the lives of Lois and Bill as the writer took me through the unfolding of their lives as the wonderful gift of AA and then Al-Anon emerged. What a gift! Suburbly written.

Anyone, be they a friend, loved one or suffering alcoholic, whose life has been affected by the cunning, baffling, powerful family dis-ease of alcoholism can find hope when reading this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colorado Reader on July 6, 2006
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The story of Bill Wilson is an amazing one. And it's one that so many are familiar with. But many within Alanon are not as familiar with our co-founder, Lois Wilson. Mr. Borchert has written an intimate story of this courageous and loving woman. I highly recommend this book to anyone in either AA or Alanon who is interested in the origins of these amazing programs of recovery!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Felling on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very helpful and interesting as I am a beginner in AlAnon. I too have a recovering alcholic husband. I would highly reccomend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on July 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For all those struggling with loved ones with the disease of alcoholism, this book is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2013
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I am one of those "very grateful Al-Anon members" whose life was changed when I finally attended my first meeting. Weekly meetings and contact with other Al-Anon members has been a life-saver for me, but it also made me thirsty for information about the group and it's founding members. I've already read "Lois Remembers" and watched the movie "My name is Bill W."...both of which are excellent and highly recommended. The Lois Wilson Story filled in the blanks and really gave me a deeper understanding of the miracle that occurred when Bill W. met Dr. Bob. I wish that everyone who attends Al-Anon would read some of these historical biographies, so that they could see how hopeless Bill and Lois' lives were before they founded the two programs.

So many people never get past the feeling that once the drunk takes his last drink everything will be better. Lois discovered, and I have, too, that for the serious AA's, their sobriety MUST be the most important thing in their lives....family MUST be second. Until you understand and accept that, you are going to feel slighted by your AA's involvement with his fellow drunks. Books like this drive home that message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAB on April 10, 2007
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This book should be available through every public library for those who do not have it on their own shelf.
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