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Sobriety: A Graphic Novel Paperback – November 4, 2014
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"The graphic novel does an amazing job of stressing the similarities of the characters and downplaying their differences, which holds in line with the message of Twelve Step programs." - McCarton Ackerman via Recovery.org
"Have you struggled with an addiction to alcohol, food, ecstasy, meth or Xanax? If so, you are like millions of others for whom the new book Sobriety: a Graphic Novel was written -- or actually drawn. Anyone who likes graphic novels will be engrossed in Sobriety's drawings, storyline, dramatic tension..." - iPad Latest
"I need several copies of this book! I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling or knows folks who are struggling with addiction." -- Every Nation Ministries
"In the arena of addiction and recovery, a graphic novel is a unique medium to engage young readers" - William C. Moyers, MinnPost Mental Health and Addiction
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The graphic novel genre is a fabulous format for this subject for a lot of reasons. First of all it presents the information in a nonthreatening and accessible way. Secondly, it is conversational rather than didactic. But the most powerful reason the graphic novel format works well is that most of it is presented in exactly the way AA happens: showing a group of people talking about sobriety and supporting each other in their quest for sanity. After a meeting, the characters chat about how they have journeyed forward from the last drink or drug by using the AA steps and traditions.Read more ›
Images also have the power to communicate important truths. As an adult, some of my favorite graphic novels include Spieglman's Maus and Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints. These novels are both 'historical,' exploring holocaust and national tragedy (respectively). Other Graphic-non-fiction explores politics and social activism (see for example, Joe Sacco's Palestine). I have reviewed on my blog a few different graphic novels exploring religious themes: saints in Christian history, scripture, etc.
Sobriety: A Graphic Novel is different from the above. It too is graphic-non-fiction but its aim is therapeutic. Author Daniel Mauer is a former Lutheran minister and is an active participant in the recovery movement. In Sobriety he combines his skill as a story teller with the art of Spencer Amundson to explore the power of the Twelve Steps.
Sobriety's plot follows what I suspect the conversation in an Alcoholic Anonymous Meeting is like. Mauer's characters come from diverse backgrounds. They each have their own understandings of God and spirituality and the stamp of addiction is different for each of them. Still each finds help through the twelve steps. The conversation begins after Larry the 'old timer' shares in a meeting how he found sobriety. From there a conversation ensues between he and Alex (a gay, Londoner atheist with a Heroine and Ecstasy addiction).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book and thought that the graphic novel approach was a perfect way to deliver its content. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jake Olson
I admit that I only have a passing familiarity with recovery groups and 12-step programs. I've attended a few meetings as an observer and have a copy of the "big... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Nelson
I've never read a book that captures all angles of addiction, alcoholism, and recovery as this one does. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark David Goodson
Excellent read and truly illustrates what my life was like. Every AA group should have this.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer
Eye-catching illustrations and a great story about the process of recovery. This book is like no other recovery book out there because the graphic novel provides an entry for those... Read morePublished 8 months ago by P.A.
The book "Sobriety " written by Mr. Maurer emphasizes that addiction is in fact a disease & that recovery is a process using the principles of the 12 step program. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great work and very user friendly. Came right on time and in great shape.Published 9 months ago by Pastor Jane McChesney