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The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough, The Biography of the Cofounder of Al-Anon. by [Borchert, William G]
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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.

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  • File Size: 1528 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (July 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS0289M
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By C. Henrich on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough

By: William G. Borchert

Hazelden

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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By Tn Annie on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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I am one of those "very grateful Al-Anon members" whose life was changed when I finally attended my first meeting. Weekly meetings and contact with other Al-Anon members has been a life-saver for me, but it also made me thirsty for information about the group and it's founding members. I've already read "Lois Remembers" and watched the movie "My name is Bill W."...both of which are excellent and highly recommended. The Lois Wilson Story filled in the blanks and really gave me a deeper understanding of the miracle that occurred when Bill W. met Dr. Bob. I wish that everyone who attends Al-Anon would read some of these historical biographies, so that they could see how hopeless Bill and Lois' lives were before they founded the two programs.

So many people never get past the feeling that once the drunk takes his last drink everything will be better. Lois discovered, and I have, too, that for the serious AA's, their sobriety MUST be the most important thing in their lives....family MUST be second. Until you understand and accept that, you are going to feel slighted by your AA's involvement with his fellow drunks. Books like this drive home that message.
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The Lois Wilson Story is a good read, full of the history and formation of AA and Al-non. I could not put it down long. At the end I thought it was mis-titled because it proved that Love was enough to accomplish great things for human development, saving many lives. Sometimes in the horror or difficulties of a moment, it is hard to recognize what love looks like.... Lois, the wife of a raging alcoholic who came to sobriety through a revelation of Divine Love, had so many moments of mind-boggling challenges as Bill W spent years of wasting a bright mind and wide opportunities. Yet she persevered in love.

The title refers I think to her disappointment that it was other alcoholics, not her love that helped Bill W stay sober. And yet the love that empowered her to serve, to bless, to do the next right thing no matter what weaves it way through the book and has to be part of the formidable force that changed the world.
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