A Woman's Way Through The Twelve Steps
  • A Woman's Way Through The Twelve Steps
  • A Woman's Way Through The Twelve Steps
  • A Woman's Way Through The Twelve Steps
ISBN: 0894869930
EAN13: 9780894869938
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 27, 1994
Pages: 264
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.3" L x 4.9" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Geared specifically to women, this book brings a feminine perspective to the Twelve Step program, searching out the healing messages beneath the male-oriented words.

Recovery is not a man's world, and yet to a woman it can sometimes seem that way. Geared specifically to that woman, this book brings a feminine perspective to the Twelve Step program, searching out the healing messages beneath the male-oriented words. Based on an open exploration and a flexible interpretation of the Twelve Steps, this new perspective takes into account the psychological development of women as it relates to addiction and recovery, as well as the social and cultural factors that affect women in particular. Acknowledging that recovery raises special issues for women--from questions about sexuality, relationships, and everyday life to anxieties about speaking up at mixed-gender meetings--A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps focuses directly on the feminine experience of addiction and healing. The author explores the Twelve Steps one by one, reiterating each in its traditional language, then explaining and illustrating it in a way that highlights a woman's experience--empowering the reader to take ownership of her own recovery process as well as her growth as a woman.

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5
   Excellent 12 Step Recovery book for WOMEN. Highly recommend!!!
One of the issues with the Alcoholics Anonymous program for women is that the two founders and all stories at that time were about men. When AA was founded, they did not allow women into the rooms and did not consider them needing help. To be certain, A man's club is A man's club. Any suggestion that the big book should be changed from those early years and stories, was like saying that the Bible should be changed. Therefore, women had to relate to stories of the men's perspectives. All dialog in the books were written in the perspective of the he perspective. For the 1930s and the founding fathers, understandable for the 1930's and the understanding fathers. This radical book allows women a voice in the rooms where they are often not a voice. It allows a woman's perspective to be heard and supports women's reality, as it relates to the recovery process. Highly recommend!! Recommend Highly Recommend!!! !
 
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   So far, I can see why this book is ...
So far, I can see why this book is for women. Many of us have been inundated with stuff that makes it hard to find out who we are, which can make a journey to true healing impossible. This book explores assumptionsexpectations placed on women, helps us to work the steps from a greater understanding and knowing of ourselves where we are currently, thus opening new pathways for us. Written very compassionately.
 
5
   Excellent perspective
While the original twelve step book is wonderful, it is directed at men. I have not finished this book, but I find its perspective to be very sensitive to the types of issues that women have in recovery. It makes the whole process a lot easier to grasp and work!! ! !
 
5
   great companion book for the Big Book of AA
This is a gentler approach to the 12 steps, specifically for women, and very informative without using language and concepts geared towards building a healthy ego, but rather destroying a ego. Great to use in a women's group meeting and worked as a group.
 
5
   ... used the big book in the past and really like this book a lot better
I have used the big book in the past and really like this book much better! It is more for today's times, easy to read, understand and it is excellent for ladies in recovery. I would recommend this for any lady or even for guys who are looking for a book to help them in their recovery.
 
5
   Super for Women
This is a wonderful book to take women through the 12 steps in AA... or any addiction. I went to a women's meeting for years that used this as its step book and so much more was openly discussed than using just the AA 12 step book. Unfortunately, this is not sanctioned by AA, so that a group has to agree to use it. It is certainly a wonderful addition for women who are in a 12-step program.
 
5
   Fantastic add on to the Big Book for women
This book is fantastic. It assumes that you have read the big book, but as a woman you might be wondering : What does it mean for me as a woman? This book answered many of these questions for me. Do not think that this book is trying to replace the big book, the 12 and 12, going to meetings or service work. This book is for the woman who wants to learn more about herself, how she can overcome her personal shortcomings and turn her life over to her higher power.
 
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   This woman is clueless!
This woman is clueless! There is a concept I gleaned from her writings, but the idea of creating your own higher power by deciding what gender you want. It's kind of like making a batch of gingerbread cookies and deciding which one tastes best or looks prettiest. And that's what you trust to empower your life!
 
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   Not a stand-alone Substitute for the Big Book!
I just finished reading step 1 in the Women's Way through the 12steps,Let me share some thoughts about it, something I liked about it was how it broke down powerlessness and unmanageability through a female lens. I could hear how some women need to see this perspective. I am somewhat confused and deeply troubled that there is virtually no mention of how we are physical and mentally different from the average drinker. There is also no mention about how we have absolutely no first defense against mental alcohol. And perhaps the worst thing about this chapter is that they don 't say a thing about how this disease is located in our mind. These are vital things that separate the alcoholic. There are 44 pages of the big book dedicated to describing the alcoholic and exactly what the problem is and what is not. This book might be a beautiful add, but i can never see it in my opinion taking the place of a BB.
 
5
   brilliant
This book blows me away. When my sponsor told me that we would be reading from it, I cringed. I was put off by it being specific to women and thought it would be cheesy and flowery. It is not at all. It is brilliant. As I work the steps, I start with reading the 12 and 12 steps and then read the same step from this book and get a whole new understanding that really works for me. It would make for the best AA birthday gift. It would make for the best AA birthday present.
 
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