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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981848273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981848273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Catton: Tom Catton has been in long-term recovery for thirty-nine years. His story appears in a twelve-step fellowship text with more than seven million copies in circulation around the world. Tom is invited to speak in the US and internationally several times a year at twelve-step conventions in front of audiences ranging from 500 to 10,000 people. He has been taking twelve-step meetings into the prison system in Hawaii since 1984. He has been active in service positions over the years, including serving on a committee that met for over three years to write a recovery text for a twelve-step fellowship. Tom is on the advisory board of the Buddhist Recovery Network, and is also trained in Tibetan singing bowl therapy. He leads a Buddhist recovery meditation group that meets twice a month in Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

I heartily recommend this book to anyone recovering or not; a good read.
J. Lentz
His journey from homeless addict to conscious spirit offers hope and encouragement to anyone who reads this book.
Jack H
I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to read this story and thanks to Tom for sharing it with us.
AK929

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack H on September 29, 2010
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I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about recovery or in learning how an addict can change, grow and find meaning in their life. This book is a great autobiographical spiritual memoir even without the addiction story. Tom's descriptions of how he integrates meditation, inspiration and mindfulness in his effort to live a conscious life is inspiring, enlightening and motivating. His journey from homeless addict to conscious spirit offers hope and encouragement to anyone who reads this book. The essay on the 12-steps at the end is a nice way to connect Tom's life experience with his relationship with the steps.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By maliagirl on September 7, 2010
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I am almost 3/4 through with this book. I am loving it, Tom's journey takes me right along with him. It it so heartfelt and funny. Real. I don't want it to end so I am reading it slowly.
I highly recommend this book to any person in recovery even if you do not attend 12 step meetings. I know him personally and he is a very special guy. The book is wonderful!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Keeley on September 20, 2010
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Tom Catton's book is recommended for anyone interested in learning about hope, faith, courage, honesty, compassion, humility and learning how to live clean. Enjoying life through happiness and helping others selflessly. Chris Keeley
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cvchuck on March 8, 2011
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After first having heard Tom's story when he was in San Diego in 2003 , I thought to my self, I have got to meet this guy. When I approached him there were so many people that had gathered around him that I could not get close enough to introduce myself; however I did get his phone number from another guy that he had given it to.
After calling a few times I was able to talk to him. Tom has been answering my questions, of a spiritual nature, about recovery ever since. The answers to the questions that I have asked him have been both profound and have made sense.
When I found out that Tom had written a book and that would be available from Amazon I preordered it before its release. When I finally received the book and started reading it I was surprised at the depth that the book goes in to concerning spiritual principles. This book is much more than a simple autobiography; it covers the surrender process.
Once picked up this book is hard to put down; it is enlightening, interesting and at times funny.My favorite part of the book is the section on the twelve steps. I think he states the most tolerant view of the steps and fellowship that I have ever read.
Tom's life has been a spiritual journey and with this book he shares it with us all.

This book is a must read for anyone wishing to further their spiritual development weather or not they are involved in a recovery process.

Thanks for sharing Tom
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise Mark on October 10, 2010
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In a time when recovery from addictions is so crucial to our survival, as an addicted culture, for our returning veterans, for our decreasing mental health services, "The Mindful Addict" is a standout from other books about addiction. The author, Tom Catton, has recovered. From `a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body', Tom Catton has recovered.

In this beautiful and impelling book, Tom describes in crystal clear detail, the road of recovery over a lifetime. Not just the first 30 days, or first year, but the actual life and struggles one can overcome through a practice of the spiritual life (and what that means). The difficulty of surrender, and how to do it, the difficulty of "being spiritual", and how to do it, the difficulty of developing and maintaining a peaceful and compassionate heart, and how to do it, and finally, selflessly, serving others with joy.

On it's own, for any reader, this is a wonderful, happy and engaging book. As a tool for those struggling with addiction, it's a thoughtful, loving and hopeful message. As an addictions clinician, working with our homeless and treatment resistant souls for over 30 years, I plan to stock my shelves with it. Thank you for taking the time to discuss the first 40-some years.

Through your honest experiences and insights, you remind and show the reader that we CAN, and we DO recover. One mysterious, joyous, agonizing or magical moment at a time. Together. God is loving you now.
Louise Mark, RN
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK929 on October 16, 2010
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First let me start off by saying I have always hated reading, I have some kind of processing/comprehension problem. I received this book as a gift and finished it in about a week. Absolutely amazing, it was hard to put down. This story is truly inspiring and riveting. It seems like I was hooked at the end of every page and just had to see what was going to happen next. Tom is a great writer and I was truly touched by this story. Sometimes the obvious presence of God in his life brought tears to my eyes. I could relate with so many parts, it seems like this is a book perfect for anyone in the process or seeking to improve their spiritual life. This is a spiritual adventure! This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is really inspiring and will get anyone excited about recovery, the practice of meditation and improving a relationship with God, a higher power, true self, divine self or whatever one wants to call it. He shares with us the importance of living in the moment and taking great pleasure in ordinary everyday activities. Tom has such a positive outlook on life, the world needs more like him. Tom reveals himself as a gentle, caring and loving soul overwhelmed with gratitude. I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to read this story and thanks to Tom for sharing it with us. I have already bought more copies to give away.
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The Mindful Addict is the life story of a once hopeless addict. The story starts out in the mid 60's and arrives in the present day 21st Century. The reader will travel through the pages of a life on a global and at times supernatural voyage that was transformed through grace. An almost magic quality is found in this true life adventure. Miracles will be obvious as the story unfolds. Readers will identify with the all to normal struggles we all go through, yet in this book we find and see how we can transcend the challenges and find a life that is fulfilling beyond our imagination. This is not a how to book on the 12 step programs or on Buddhism, but rather a book full of real situations that all people have and will go through. This is not another book on addiction and the nightmares of it; this book takes us beyond that, showing that the seemingly hopeless disease of addiction can be an enlightening dilemma, and for some quite possibly a misunderstood gift, a blessing in disguise.

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