1000 Years of Sobriety: 20 People x 50 Years

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1000 Years of Sobriety features the moving personal accounts of twenty men and women who have all remained sober through dedication to the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program for more than fifty years. These are the real ?old timers,? keepers of the wisdom-men and women from around the world who are among the dwindling generations who came into the program when Bill W. was still alive and whose very existence, their commitment to sobriety, is testament to the power of AA today.

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Overview

1000 Years of Sobriety features the moving personal accounts of twenty men and women who have all remained sober through dedication to the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program for more than fifty years. These are the real ?old timers,? keepers of the wisdom-men and women from around the world who are among the dwindling generations who came into the program when Bill W. was still alive and whose very existence, their commitment to sobriety, is testament to the power of AA today.

The inspiring stories collected here follow the time-tested formula used by millions of recovering people everywhere who share their stories of hope in meetings every day. They tell us what they were like as active alcoholics and what triggered their decision to join AA. They offer the dramatic details of how they got sober and describe what it's like for them now-how they continue to stay sober today and reap the rewards of recovery. Those who share their stories in 1000 Years of Sobriety are living proof that the human connection bonded by the Twelve Steps has unsurpassed powers, and that AA is a program for generations to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592858583
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 385,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Borchert is the author of The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough and co-author of Sought Through Prayer and Meditation: Wisdom from the Sunday 11th Step Meetings at the Wolfe Street Center in Little Rock. His latest book, 50 Quiet Miracles That Changed Lives, was born from a very personal fascination with quiet miracles that change lives. A former partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his screenplay of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie My Name is Bill W. He lives in New York City and South Carolina.

Michael Fitzpatrick is one of the leading historians in the field of alcoholism, specializing in the development of the Twelve Step movement. His work has included the restoration and digitization of one of the largest audio archives related to the Twelve Step movement.

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Table of Contents

Authors'Note ix

Foreword Sandy B. xi

Foreword Howard P. xiii

?I wanted to kill myself, but I wasn't about to walk ten more miles to do it.?: The Story of Clancy I. 1

?Booze didn't bring me happiness, but it did kill the pain.?: The Story of Bill D. 17

?Sobriety as a Christmas Gift?: The Story of Anita R. 33

?An AA Love Story?: The Story of Bill R. 43

?You look real good on the outside, but how are you really on the inside??: The Story of Cecil C. 57

?From Hard Cider at Age Three to Hard Knocks at Age Thirty-Three?: The Story of Clara F. 75

?There was a time when I was willing to drive fifty miles to talk but unwilling to go one mile to listen. Thank God that ego trip is over.?: The Story of Dave C. 85

?From the Fantasy World of Motion Picture Theaters to the Real-Life Drama of Alcoholics Anonymous?: The Story of Don W. 99

?A seed was planted, and eleven years later it bloomed into a sober life.?: The Story of Frank C. 109

?Just Another Bozo on the Bus?: The Story of John H. 119

?My motto used to be, 'Take something, you'll feel better.' I felt so good sometimes that it almost killed me.?: The Story of John K. 133

?I wanted what they had even though I didn't know what it was. It's called serenity.?: The Story of Joy P. 145

?If we're willing to share all our garbage, we should be willing to share all the good stuff, too.?: The Story of Mel B. 159

?My mother never reported me missing. She knew I'd come home once I could no longer buy, beg, borrow, or steal liquor.?: The Story of Millie W. 173

?I've been making geographical changes since the day I was born-until I finally found a permanent home in Alcoholics Anonymous.?: The Story of Otto W. 183

?It started with altar wine and ended with altered states.?: The Story of Ron C. 195

?Meet me at my home group.?: The Story of Steve P. 207

?It hasn't always been smooth sailing.?: The Story of Mary B. 213

?When God has work for me to do, the walls come down.?: The Story of Tom I. 225

?So you ask me, 'Does AA work?'?: The Story of Tommy M. 241

About the Authors 253

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