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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894869051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894869051
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elisabeth L. grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. She has a son, a daughter, and five delightful grandchildren. She and her husband live in Virginia, dividing their time between Arlington and Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond. Elisabeth joined Overeaters Anonymous in 1976. Although her abstinence has not been perfect, for 25 years she has maintained a weight between 120 and 125 pounds. More important, during that time she has been free of the compulsive overeating that controlled her life for at least 25 years before she found OA. One day at a time, she continues to be gratefully recovering. Biographical lnformation: Program Manager, Eating Disorders Program, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 1984-1993; Cultural Affairs Department, Organization of American States, 1980-1983; Teacher, Music and English, Greenwich, Connecticut 1959-1961; B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 1959.

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Elisabeth L. grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. She has a son, a daughter, and five delightful grandchildren. She and her husband live in Virginia, dividing their time between Arlington and Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond. Elisabeth joined Overeaters Anonymous in 1976. Although her abstinence has not been perfect, for 25 years she has maintained a weight between 120 and 125 pounds. More important, during that time she has been free of the compulsive overeating that controlled her life for at least 25 years before she found OA. One day at a time, she continues to be gratefully recovering. Biographical lnformation: Program Manager, Eating Disorders Program, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 1984-1993; Cultural Affairs Department, Organization of American States, 1980-1983; Teacher, Music and English, Greenwich, Connecticut 1959-1961; B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 1959.

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It was very, very helpful.
Crystal Light
It is not specifically OA literature and therefore can't be used for many OA meetings but is a great book to help guide you through working any 12 step program.
Marilyn J Davis
In many ways compulsive overeaters or binge eaters are like alcoholics.
Sarah Luciani

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Being in recovery in OA for 6 years and reading the OA and AA 12 & 12's NUMEROUS times, I was looing for something new and fresh to read. This book truly fit the bill. The author really breaks the steps down into many subcategories and delves into issues deeply. Not a substituute for the AA or OA 12 & 12 by any means, but a great "study aid" to the 12 steps.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Luciani on August 22, 2004
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I was shocked to see that there were actually negative reviews on this book.

One of the reviews I read sounds like it was written for another book as the content in the review was not related to any of the people or subjects contained in this book.

... On to what I have to say about this book. This is positively one of the greatest books I have read for overeaters. This is not a diet book, but a healing tool, and a spiritual tool using the twelve steps.

In many ways compulsive overeaters or binge eaters are like alcoholics. It is a compulsive disorder that has so little to do with food. We eat to "stuff" our pain, hurt, anger, fears, regrets, sorrows and disappointments.

Using the tools in this book and going to Overeaters Anonymous I have been binge free for two months. I haven't had any sugar during that time. At one time these both really did seem impossible. But thanks to this wonderful book and the help of OA I am healing. If you have problems with binge eating or compulsive overeating I think this book is well worth the money and more.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elise on April 15, 2012
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As an Overeaters Anonymous member of several years, Elizabeth L.'s work is a daily companion to me. Her daily readings in Inner Harvest and Food for thought really resonate with my struggle with food and her words help me change my thinking. There are so many words of wisdom that pop out of these volumes at me, mine are dog-eared and filled with underlines, I read daily for inspiration and to complement my OA literature.

Elizabeth L.'s take on the Twelve Steps was equally a gem. I worked through the entire book this summer when working through the 12 steps with my sponsor for my third time through the steps. The book provided a fresh perspective of the steps, many aha moments. It would be useful both for someone familiar with the OA literature, and would also be accessible to a reader working on their own on their compulsive eating.

The explanation of each step was perhaps 10-17 pages long, clearly written, useful information on the mental readiness and surrender required in each step. Good questions to the reader and writing prompts for each step are included.

Thank you for a book that gives a fresh perspective on the 12 steps. It really opened my eyes and spoke to me as a compulsive overeater.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PQ on April 29, 2013
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Althought not "OA approved," this book helped me understand the twelve steps. I recently began participating in OA and did not have a "step" background from other fellowships, like many of my fellow OAers. This helped me alot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Light on February 12, 2012
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This book is essential for doing the 12 steps of Overeaters
Anonymous. It was very, very helpful. It explained some things
that I did not understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Moss on March 18, 2014
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The Kindle version has many typos, to the point it was too distracting to read. I will be purchasing the physical book instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAX on April 22, 2012
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Love this book. It is a great companion for my weight loss goals. Makes me stop and think, not just follow a food plan. Anything which uses the 12 step program of AA works well for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Filkins-Sanders on November 26, 2012
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This book is so helpful! I love the way it reaffirms the principles of OA and allows for reflection on the steps.
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