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Pocket Sponsor, 24/7 Back to the Basics Support for 12 Step Recovery Paperback – January 15, 2007
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Whether you are new to recovery or have more time, THE POCKET SPONSOR is a wonderful book to carry with you at all times. You can turn to any page, read any hour and you will be filled with words of inspiration and hope. --Ruth Fishel, Author The Journey Within: A Spiritual Path to Recovery
This little paperback became a big seller at Serenity by the Sea when author (also author of Day By Day and Young,Sober, & Free, and other popular recovery books) held a book signing. Shelly designed this book to be read at the HALT moments. This exceptional support book also has a phone list for the number of your sponsor and others in your recovery circle. Whether you are new to recovery or have more program time, Pocket Sponsor is a wonderful book filled with words of inspiration and hope. It's a must for people in recovery. --Body, Mind, & Spirit, review
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It came from my heritage; it came from Mom and Dad; it came from my culture (part of the hippie era and burn your bra crowd); it came from my search for God (could I find God in LSD or a bottle?).
And the same can be said for recovery. I didn't go searching for it, it came for me. It came from my Mother (who had found sobriety 6 weeks before she took me to a 12 Step program); it came from my desperation (hippie 'free love' wasn't working out too well); it came from my search for God (could God be found in the 12 Steps because I didn't find Him/Her in LSD or that bottle?).Â
After setting down speed and demon rum at 21, (well we didn't drink rum, our Polish ancestry had us all drinking beer, so let's say I set down the Beelzebub beer) I had no choice but to dedicate my life to working with young addicts and women in recovery. Hazelden published my first two books Day by Day and Young, Sober, & Free which became recovery classics under their oversight.
However, I don't actually "write" recovery books per se, I take notes at 12 Step meetings and compile what clean and sober members say. These words of wisdom from the old timers, from our sponsors, from circuit speakers, from you and me are turned into our recovery books. That is also how the Pocket Sponsor evolved, the best (and only) 24/7 recovery support book. That is how Sitting in Pictures, a vision meditation book, was put together. These books are "written" from the collective wisdom of thousands of us in recovery since 1936 when Bill and Bob started AA.
In addition to the recovery titles published by Hazelden, Simon and Schuster, Harper and Row, and Day By Day, my research has been published in five peer-reviewed, professional/scholarly journals, making my work world-recognized. I am a staunch advocate and activist for young people and their parents during the addiction recovery process. Along with my brother Michael Marshall, PhD, we created a program for teaching parents how to stop enabling and become sober coaches for their kids. This successful program is outlined in the workbook Sober Coaching Your Toxic Teen.
I eventually stopped the bra burning stuff and turned my attention to learning self-respect by setting boundaries on how I allow others to treat me. A book co-authored with Dr. Marshall, Respect-Me Rules, addresses verbal and emotional abuse--it is revolutionary in teaching both men and women to stop emotional abuse through the basics of self-respect.Â
Not picking up a drink or drug since 1969 and practicing the principles of recovery have made all this possible: obtaining a Human Services degree in Drugs and Alcohol, working in Moscow at an addiction clinic (yes, that's Russia), becoming a published researcher, writing recovery books published in the US and Europe, contributing to the healing process for young addicts and their families, and even becoming a small publisher. Notwithstanding the Beelzebub beginnings, I am so proud of what God has allowed me to give and to do in service to my fellows. Thank you, all of you, who read this, read my books, use my research, and hire me to speak at conventions and train counselors around the world. Recovery from addiction is not only my profession and my advocation, it is the very foundation upon which my life is built. I am so very grateful to YOU for sharing it with me.
Top Customer Reviews
This dandy tool belongs in every recovering addict's pocket. I consider it a tool because for anyone who was once captive to addictive urges its small size contains huge pay-offs -- it serves the person seeking sobriety as a combination daily devotional/day planner. Regardless of what time of day or night (or week or month), the POCKET SPONSOR provides pithy advice.
It is divided into 24 brief paragraphs-with-sayings for every hour of each day, Day 1 through Day 31. Like one's sponsor in an AA or other 12-Step group, it provides the guidance and encouragement in writing that the sponsor would usually provide in conversation. Designed as a basic 24/7 form of support, it allows the beginner, or those beginning again, to carry a little bit of the fellowship from their 12-step meetings with them wherever they go.
As a professional counselor and recovering individual myself, I agree with the author when she says, "Anytime during the day that you feel uneasy, find the day and hour and read your message...Again and again, you will discover new passages that are exactly what you need at that moment."
I've since purchased The Pocket Sponsor for all my sponcees and they love it. I've given them as gifts and used them as topics for discussion groups. There isn't one person that I've shared this little book with that doesn't agree that it has powerful messages.
It's a terrific book!!! I carry it on the motorcycle, in my purse, in my pocket, it even goes to the beach with me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have acceptance of others, gratitude and some peace of mind in their lives. That's how it works for me anyway, one day at a time and sometimes one minute at a time. Whatever works for you.
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I give these away to those new in recovery. It's a great way to introduce them to utilize the Big Book in daily life.Published 14 days ago by Helen Y.
I thought that this was simply a wonderful book. An addiction is simply that, something that you obsess over, something that you can't seem to get away from. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jerry
Short retread of AA. BS. If you like antiquated manipulative BS, read the Big Book for the undiluted version of bull excrementPublished 10 months ago by Rom