"What you think of me is none of my business"
"Focus on the whats, and not the whys, as the whys will eat us up"
I came- I came to-I came to be
Festfan wrote:I know that there are a lot of Al Anon and related books out there - what are your favorites - especially at the beginning of your journey? There is no wrong answer - would just like some personal reviews!
The very first book that was suggested for me at my first meeting,
the one that kept me coming back (I had tried a couple a few years prior)
by my then temporary sponsor was -
Courage to Change (for a daily reader, still a favorite)
I then asked fellow members what they suggested to follow up with -
Oldtimers felt One Day at a Time in Al-Anon was their choice for another daily reader
although for me to better familiar myself with both the disease and the hope available mentioned -
How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics
which to this day remains a favorite bigger read.
I believe my third purchase was One Day at a Time in Al-Anon
I also loved The Beginner's Packet, in it were staples like -
the bookmarker Just For Today
and the pamphlet -
Al-Anon Spoken Here, which helped me begin to understand the importance of starting out with only CAL Literature - why it's best not to share
about other programs or books, how it dilutes our very simple message that is founded on the spiritual principles of the Traditions.
serenity is a gift
Adding to my book tool box listing -Paths to Recovery, Al-Anon's Steps, Traditions, and Concepts
(have sent this to a couple of members as well) I've found it's a good one for writing questions found within it placing in a bowl, passing around picking questions out of for a meeting topic. Also when speaking with someone on the phone list it's been a good reference go-to book, full of tools and solutions.