- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1St Edition edition (September 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399167196
- ISBN-13: 978-0399167195
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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“This amazing book is about a revolutionary concept—recovery for the non-addict, for those who have longed for what their recovering friends have: a spiritual path, healthy company, and a little light to see by. Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson have great insight into our shared problems, solutions, humanity, craziness, and dreams. Plus, they will make you laugh, and give you hope, that recovery—starting over—is for everyone who has imagined a life of immediacy, honesty, and joy.”
"Witty and modern."
—Marc Spitz, VanityFair.com
“Paul and Tracey have come up with a brilliant insight: recovery is not just for addicts. Why should our friends in recovery be the only ones to benefit from this time-tested wisdom? I’ll take some too, please. If you read this book, you’ll feel better by page 5 or thereabouts. And by page 51, you’ll be underlining passages and making notes in the margins - at least if you’re like me. It helped me change the way I think, eat, feel, even do my housework. My deep gratitude to Paul and Tracey for writing this book that will help millions.”
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All
“Self-help books can be so woo woo and annoying. Gratitude and Trust is the brilliant exception. This life-affirming book is bursting with wicked insights, bravado and wit.”
—Simon Doonan, author of The Asylum
“Reading Gratitude and Trust is like a long sit-down with a couple of very smart, funny, plain-spoken friends who have been through some hard times, and are here to help you avoid the same pitfalls. This is a generous and insightful book.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion
"The affirmations address spiritual and practical needs... [Gratitude and Trust] may come at a time when our increasingly obsessive and addictive culture revels in escapism in the form of video games, binge show watching, overating, and the many varieties of diversion on the Internet."
—East Hampton Star
“What a great gift – Christmas, Hanukah, holidays – to give Gratitude and Trust.”
—Oprah Winfrey, Super Soul Sunday
“Personal and powerful… An amazing book.”
—Kathie Lee Gifford
About the Author
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter ("Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," and "We've Only Just Begun") and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.
Tracey Jackson wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru and The Other End of the Line among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series BABES for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary Lucky Ducks, which can presently be seen on Amazon, Journeyman Docs and pay for view. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime. Tracey blogs three times a week on traceyjacksononline.com. She has blogged for Huffpo, WOWOWOW, Society for Drug Free America, Tiny Buddha and various other sites. She runs Gratitudeandtrust.com with Paul Williams.
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It is never too early or too late in life to become the person you were meant to be and can be done as long as you are willing. Gracefully written...
As the title says, there are six affirmations, and you'd be hard pressed, if you're honest with yourself, to not find one or two that apply.....I found two. The biggest, and hardest to come to terms with, was......"Something needs to change, and it's probably me." Holy sh*@. I need to change?? But what about when the card carrying a-hole comes at me. No, "Something needs to change, and it's probably me." I cannot begin to tell you how powerful this affirmation is, once you have the guts to look at it, carefully. It's incredibly freeing. The second one brought me an incredible sense of calmness, "I don't know how to do this but something inside me does." Yeah, I know. It's a good one.
I LOVE the idea that what's good for fixing the addicts is good for fixing all of us! If you've read books written by former celebrity addicts you know that their stories can be extremely entertaining. So I thought Paul Williams would be the same. This was not the case, although he has a funny tidbit or two about being trashed, this is not a self indulgent celebrity tell all by any means. This book is a guide to changing your life, a guide for bringing more peace and calm into your everyday existence. It's for EVERYONE.
I knew I had hit on the right book when Tracey Jackson starts talking about being the woman who needs to get the frosting rose off of the birthday cake, before anyone else gets it. It's addiction, whether it be to frosting, cocaine, or vodka. Frosting, it seems so benign. But it's a problem. No really, frosting is a problem, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I think many people are searching, for years, for that book that has the possibility of turning everything around, for me, this was that book. If you are struggling, please check out this book, one of the 6 affirmations will apply, I assure you. Paul and Tracey use their personal examples of what was not working in their lives and how these affirmations and 12 Step guidelines put them on the right track. Excellent guide, for everyone. Incredibly useful, helpful, insightful information that you can put into use, today.
Gratitude and Trust is a poignant sharing of the wisdom of recovery; a generous ode to the idea that 'you keep the miracle by giving it away.' The book is at turns instructive, welcoming, and deeply personal. I am weaving many pieces of it into the tapestry of my recovery.
I found myself in this book - the complete version, both good and bad - as I'm confident many more will.
You too can and will change your life to a life of happiness, love and peace by practicing gratitude and trust. Gratitude is love, Attitude is a way of being. The Attitude of Gratitude is a way of living in a state of love. But what about when the difficult times come. That's where the trust comes in. Trust is faith and strength that this too shall pass along with a way to living in grace.
I've read so many spiritual books, but Graitutde and Trust, Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life is by far the best of the best.
Jeffrey Smith - Founder, TheAttitudeOfGratitude.com
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