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The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough, The Biography of the Cofounder of Al-Anon. [Kindle Edition]

William G Borchert
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Book Description

Lois Wilson, the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill W., knew better than anyone that families, friends, and loved ones of alcoholics are also affected and need informed support and advice. The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough is both a testament to Wilson's spirit and a guiding light for those whose lives parallel hers.

"Bill Borchert came into my life during our astounding screen collaboration in My Name is Bill W. What a joy to revisit this friendship in his new achievement, The Lois Wilson Story. Bill Borchert will always be a seminal part of my life and now millions of others will get to appreciate his selfless devotion to the woman who founded Al-Anon and her mesmerizing story. Bravo, my friend." Emmy A ward-winning actor (My Name is Bill W.) James Woods

"Bill Borchert shares the intimate recollections of Lois Wilson in an authentic and powerful tale of helplessness, hope, and fulfillment. This view of Lois' life with Bill Wilson and the birth and nurturing of the Twelve Step movement is awesome and rewarding. It is a page-turning read and a tribute to Lois, cofounder of Al-Anon, and her passion to bring healing to everyone affected by the family disease of alcoholism." -Johnny Allen, President/CEO, The Johnson Institute

"The story that would complement that of Bill W's had yet to be written. And now, William Borchert has done the job. Borchert begins his book with an easy-flowing, active tense, almost fictional style that keeps you riveted on Lois and her love story. It's well done. I'll be reading and utilizing for research the Borchert story for many years." Dick B. (a pseudonym) Writer, Historian, retired Attorney, Author of 25 published titles on the history and spiritual roots of A.A.

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About the Author

William G. Borchert was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for writing the screenplay for the highly acclaimed Warner Brothers/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie My Name Is Bill W. His background includes reporting for a New York City daily newspaper and a major media wire service, writing for a national magazine, and creating syndicated shows for radio. As a partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, Borchert produced several box office hits, including Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon. He lives in New York City and South Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (July 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS0289M
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended February 23, 2006
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 27, 2006
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Message for everyone June 5, 2007
The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough

By: William G. Borchert


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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Grateful Friend of Lois 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insite to a beginner in Al Anon March 13, 2006
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Al-non July 15, 2007
By Maureen
For all those struggling with loved ones with the disease of alcoholism, this book is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Love Is Not Enough 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Lois - This Book is Long Overdue! April 3, 2010
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This biography is compassionately and masterfully constructed from intimate inteviews with Lois Wilson, vast archival material, and historical documents. William Borchert is to be commended very highly for his accurate, flowing, easy-to-read, and compelling portrait of Lois Wilson. She is often viewed as "second fiddle" to Bill Wilson, one of the Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. However, without Lois behind Bill, it is questionable as to whether he would have survived to co-found that Fellowship. This is a must read, especially for anyone interested in or researching the history of the Programs and fellowships of Al-anon or Alcoholics Anonymous!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Carolyn Earls
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It was very interesting. AA and Al-Non has been around forever. Just something that was there all my life, so reading this book has brought to light how it came about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline L. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the story.
Published 1 month ago by Michaelyn Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars This book showed me how alcoholism can affect the whole ...
This book showed me how alcoholism can affect the whole family. Lois Wilson was a very brave woman & I give her a lot of credit for what she did in forming Alanon.
Published 1 month ago by Joan Niquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story!
And now for the REST of the story! So glad I read it!
Published 3 months ago by Priscilla H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pat
A very wonderful book that I will probably read again. I especially like the photos and the fact that Lois was born the same year as both my parents. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, great story, useful information.
This was the first book I read when I was getting started in Al Anon. I never realized the hell Bill W put his Lois through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynda Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good!!
Published 4 months ago by alicia moberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot & heavy early, & very, very gritty
Bill & Lois' relationship was bewildering at times. She lost herself for years, but in the end as she lost Bill to AA, Lois regained her life and shared an amazing capacity to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael A. Strem
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I could have imagined
I got more out of this book than I could have ever imagined. More than just a story, but a guide to life and love. I grew up a bit after reading. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jude Americk
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