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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894869051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894869051
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This has been a helpful tool. Nice, short readings (haven't made it through the book yet - taking small steps and using The Overeater's Journal: Exercises for the Heart, Mind and Soul. Using both of these together has helped keep me on track without "being on a diet". I like that I don't have to substitute "food" for "alcohol" as you need to do when using the Big Book. Pretty new to this, but like it so far.
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I first bought this as an e-book, but I bought it again in paperback, so I can carry it in my bag. It's thin enough that it's light and doesn't take up much space. I need a constant reminder of the 12 steps and this book is like a good friend gently reminding me that the steps work if I work them! Very motivating. It's not OA approved, but I highly recommend.
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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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Really enjoyed reading the book, I would recommend it highly! It was clear from reading it that the actual OA manual is very intense and the fact that this was easy to read , absorb and implement quickly significantly adds to the appeal.
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