The Wisdom of the Rooms
12 Months of Reflections for People in Recovery
by Anonymous Unnamed
Pub Date 01 Jan 2019
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This is more than just a daily meditation book—this is a book of Twelve Step quotes and daily reflections that come right from the meeting rooms of recovery. These are the 'Aha' moments shared by people in the program, like: "Humility is not thinking less about yourself, but rather thinking about yourself less." Each timeless piece of practical recovery wisdom like this is followed by a three-paragraph reflection of "What it was like, what happened, and what it's like now."
The most loved recovery quotes, across our Twelve Step programs are here: "There are no victims, only volunteers—you always have a choice," and they instantly offer the perspective we need to keep growing along spiritual lines. Fill your spiritual toolkit with your favorite quotes, "Once you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change," and see why these unique quotes resonate deeply with members—because they come directly from the meeting rooms of recovery.
These quotes—by newcomers as well as old timers—offer people in recovery the experience, strength, and hope, they need, just when they need it: one day at a time. This book will remind you that "It is what it is, but it will become what you make it."
The 365 Twelve Step Quotes collected here are the ones we hear in meetings, the quotes and sayings that offer us instant relief and revelation—the ones we wish we had written down and saved. Now you have them all at your fingertips. Quotes like, "We go to meetings for relief; but we work the Steps for recovery," and "Half measures do avail us something—it's just the half we don't want," and "When I say NO to you I'm saying YES to me," and hundreds of others help us all in the Fellowship both develop our practice of daily meditation and deepen our experience in the program. The Wisdom of the Rooms aids in our individual practice of recovery as well as provides inspiration for group discussions, reminding us all that "I'll never be all right, until it's all right, right now."
Other Wisdom examples include quotes such as:"Instead of telling God how big your fears are, start telling your fears how big your God is.""The most spiritual thing you can do today is to help someone else.""Wisdom is the knowledge you learn after you know it all.""Let go of your old ideas, even the good ones.""When you own your part, you own your power.""Anger is one letter away from danger."And hundreds more…
A Note From the Publisher
Practical and profound, each daily reflection in this book of recovery inspiration provides just what readers need to hear, just when they need to hear it.
A warm and meaningful book, delightful and enlightening, it will help anyone who is looking to strengthen their connection to God, to themselves and to others. Highly recommended.
—Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., author of Healing the Child Within
These thought-provoking meditations are like little lamps illuminating the steps of recovery, helping us to keep our balance and stay the course. Keep them close, to light your way.
—Kathy Ketcham, co-author with Ernest Kurtz of The Spirituality of Imperfection
Reading this book is like having an intimate chat with a very wise but unassuming friend. I highly recommend it to anyone in recovery and as an appealing treatment resource for pastoral and substance abuse counselors.
—Katherine van Wormer, Professor of Social Work, co-author of Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective
The Wisdom of the Rooms combines the gems of timeless wisdom with thoughtful reflections that will be valuable to anyone, whether just entering recovery, or those with years of sobriety. This book offers the reader the support, common sense, and wisdom of a seasoned sponsor."
—Jane Middleton-Moz, Author, Shame and Guilt; Masters of disguise and Co-Author, After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Hel their Childhood Trauma
The Wisdom of the Rooms provides the reader with a road map and toolbox for the journey toward lasting recovery. Don't leave home without it!
—Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D., Addiction Psychologist, New York, NY and Princeton, NJ
The Wisdom of the Rooms is a marvelous book. Between its covers are some of the best collections of the verbal wisdom shared at Twelve Step meetings that I have ever seen. I am using the draft copy of this book to select daily meditations to help me in my own recovery. It is a necessary recovery tool for all recovering people and their families. I recommend it be on the mandatory reading list with The Big Book and the "Twelve and Twelve."
—Terence T. Gorski, author of Staying Sober: A Guide For Relapse Prevention
I recommend The Wisdom of the Rooms to all my patients and families that have someone in need of recovery. A must read for anyone who knows anybody in recovery.
—Sharon Rechter, MD
Magnificent, practical advice for daily living.
—Bert Pluymen, Author of The Thinking Person's Guide to Sobriety
An important contribution to the recovery literature. This book is a wonderful tool for both the newcomer and the old timer.
—Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., Author of A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps
It's like having the wisdom of the old timers in the palm of your hand.
—Jeff Jay, Coauthor of Love First and At Wit's End
Word-of-Mouth: People in recovery "pass it on" when they hear good quotes or authentic words in the rooms; it will be shared and recommended broadly within the community. The potential for this form 'marketing' has no limits!
Web: The Wisdom of the Rooms website has an active and growing readership with over 8,200 opt-in subscribers in 33 countries who will receive ongoing notices. A.A.'s round up newsletters, personal recovery sites and treatment centers that already offer the author's weekly Wisdom Quotes will be promoted by placing banners and other 'ads' or 'promotions' to reach their audiences.
YouTube Channel: In its first week up, the new YouTube channel received over 1,100 views. It will continue to grow by uploading twelve new videos each month in addition to posting new, innovative meditation videos.
Email: The existing platform of Wisdom subscribers will receive frequent announcements, along with special offers and links to retailers. Plus, each new subscriber will have the opportunity to purchase a copy through links on the "Thank You for Subscribing Page".
Partners and Affiliates: Many "sober" websites will announce The Wisdom of the Rooms through their newsletters, home pages, resource pages, etc., and link to retail partners. Treatment centers will also be offered a sample copy for their facilities, which will lead to additional sales.