Moms to Moms

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Being a mom is one of the hardest and most important jobs a woman can have. Being a mom in recovery is even more challenging.

In Moms to Moms, counselor Barbara Joy shares the stories, advice, and inspiration from more than 60 mothers in recovery from across the United States who have struggled with addiction. These are women of all ages, races, and religious affiliations who candidly share their experiences: the challenges of being a mom in recovery, the values they want to teach their children, and their fears, struggles, and accomplishments.

This is a book that offers help and hope to busy, stressed out moms in recovery/ a book they can turn to again and again to find inspiration, comfort, and advice. Joy offers evaluation tools and strategies for positive parenting, journaling activities for reflections, and affirmations designed to relieve stress and reinforce positive behavior.

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Peace a Day at a Time

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A Meditation-A-Day to Aid the Addiction 12-Step Recovery Process

Help in staying centered and finding inner peace. Karen Casey’s daily meditation book Peace a Day at a Time offers 365 reminders to help strengthen those traveling the path to recovery from addiction. In this powerful set of daily reminders, Karen draws from her bestselling Each Day a New Beginning, which has helped millions recovering from addiction.

Grow stronger every day with this classic meditation-a-day book. Karen Casey's daily meditation books have guided millions through their recovery and their daily lives, providing serenity and a happier more peaceful life. She has written eloquently about almost every facet of recovery and how to live a sober, balanced life by trying to live in the present, one day at a time. Peace a Day at a Time offers a meditation for every day of the year, opening with a quote and following with a brief essay and a takeaway message. This beautiful book is your powerful set of daily reminders on how to stay centered and find inner peace. Karen also provides a companion index with key theme words to reference any issue you may be struggling with.

In Peace a Day at a Time learn to:

  • Pay attention and listening to your inner voice
  • Avoid drama and to let go of blame
  • Stop living from crisis to crisis
  • Cope with fear, sorrow, anger, and pain
  • Embrace change
  • Practice kindness, joy, hope, and acceptance

If you have been aided by books such as The Language of Letting GoThe Road Back to You, or Let Go Now; then Peace a Day At a Time can help you heal.

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Still Standing

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Stories That Heal You and the Hard Times That Don't Kill You

Bucky Sinister a recovered alcoholic and veteran of the punk rock and spoken word scene, brings the stories from the trenches about how to get sober, stay sober, and live sober.

Beyond the 12-step guide. Still Standing brings you the stories from the misfits, freaks, and weirdos that have come to recovery from a variety of backgrounds including tattoo artists, bartenders, musicians, and flight attendants to help answer the What Now? Question of living sober. Using a mixture of poetic reflection, autobiography and philosophy, Bucky Sinister turns this beyond the 12-step guide into a manual that helps unpack the mind when it’s overly packed.

Stories heal. Bucky Sinister knows all too well the power that words contain. Sober since February 19th, 2002, he’s traveled near and far to bring tales from the trenches about the ups and downs to truly living sober.

If you enjoyed books like Codependent No MoreDrop the Rock, or High Achiever, you’ll love Still Standing.

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If I Die Before I Wake

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Barb Rogers' book begins with the tragic death of her teenage son, Jon, and delves into the horror that was her life to that point. Due to a home life fraught with substance and emotional abuse, Barb found herself bottomed out more than once, and homeless along the way.

"When asked in early recovery if I knew any prayers, the one I could think of was the child's nighttime prayer, 'Now I lay me down to sleep.' As I thought of it, I recalled the long nights when I simply wanted to go to sleep and never wake up."

Barb learned most of her life lessons through pain, tragedy, and addiction. This is not a glamorous book, it is real and it is raw. It is not about survival of the fittest, but the weak, the hopeless, the helpless, the truly addicted, not only to substances, but to drama, anger, excuses, and justifications.

She describes how she got to her lowest point, just what it was, and how and why she finally reached out to a 12step program for help. She shows the reader what it's really like to survive, to stay clean and sober, and find a way to the other side. Recovery was one of the most difficult things she ever did, but "worth every effort I put out."

Barb Rogers would be the first to tell you she's not specialshe's led a hard life, and she tells her story well and with humorreadersaddicts or not, but especially addictsare going to find the kind of gritty inspiration, that if Barb can do it so can they, that will inspire life changes.

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12 Steps That Can Save Your Life

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A Different Approach to the Twelve Step Program That is Neither Cult, Cure, nor Curse

Whether you’re new to the road of recovery or not so new, sobriety isn’t easy. This guide combines real-life stories and sensible advice to help you stay on the road of self-improvement.

Clean and sober twenty days or twenty years─it makes no difference. We all need a little help every once in a while. With it comes a journey that has a message─one of hope, motivation, and healing. Through the avant-garde combination of heartfelt stories from real people and an attainable 12 step program, you’ll connect with this guide and understand that you aren’t in this alone.

There is no perfection, there is no goal, there is only walking the talk one day at a time. Author Barb Rogers has been sober for a long time. And she knows that doesn’t make a difference─what makes a difference is that she’s clean and sober today. Rogers' book offers true stories from an array of perspectives. Learn the secret to staying on track through:

  • Understanding how to connect with your innermost being
  • Real tales from people who overcame addition
  • Achievable advice every step of your journey

12 Steps That Can Save Your Life reminds you that the most important thing is that no matter what difficulties you have, remember to keep working the steps as many times as it takes.

If you enjoyed books like Twelve Steps and Twelve TraditionsCodependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps, or A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps, then you’ll love 12 Steps That Can Save Your Life.

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Where Would I Be Without You?

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Women Learning from Women

Here comes advice, inspiration, and fun from bestselling author BJ Gallagher. From Katherine Hepburn to her friend Suzanne, Where Would I Be Without You? brings the experiences and life lessons of women from all walks of life.

When women choose wisdom over wiles. True wisdom is the ability to learn from other people's experiences, and although we learn from books, movies, and preachers, women also learn from other women. With inspiring stories, funny words of wisdom, and positive affirmations for women, Where Would I Be Without You? brings female empowerment to all generations of strong women.

Where would we be without women? Where Would I Be Without You? is all about being thankful for the women in your life (and their wit). Whether our mothers or sisters, writers or inventors, sometimes we have to celebrate the women and girls around us. In this colorful book, Gallagher has collected pages of advice on love, work, growing older, and staying young; making readers ask what is wisdom, what does wisdom mean to these women, and most importantly, where would I be without you?

If you’re thankful and grateful for the women around you, and enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsIn Praise of Difficult Women, or The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters, then you’ll love Where Would I Be Without You.

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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore

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A Mother Shares the Story of Her First Year of Sobriety

A real woman’s memoir and her story of recovery in hopes that she inspires other mothers to maintain sobriety.

A mom who turned to alcohol. With three children under five, a set of twins and a newborn, Rachell Brownell wanted to feel like an adult again. So she turned to three bottles of white wine a night.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of getting clean. Through wit and honesty, Brownell lets readers into her world of addiction, but also towards hope. Through examples of community, wisdom, and support, this book provides a map for anyone trying to get through the early stages of recovery.

Inspiration for the first year of recovery. Learn how a couple of glasses of wine lead to a big problem. Understand how mommy cocktail groups and the desire to feel like “more than a mommy” can lead to addiction. In Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore you will find:

  • The good, the bad, and the ugly of parenting
  • The truth about the first year of recovery
  • Hope for a light at the end of the tunnel

Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore is one woman’s recollection of the pressures of motherhood, addiction, and the first year of sobriety. Without preaching, Brownell lets you into her heart-wrenching and inspiring story. If you learned from books like The Happier HourDrunk Hour, or Quit Like a Woman, then you’ll want to read Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore.

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Easy Does It, Mom

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Every mom wants to succeed. Every child also wants to succeed. In Easy Does It Mom, Barbara Joy provides moms with positive encouragement, knowledge, and tools they can begin using immediately as they continue their recovery and move toward being the best moms they can be. Joy relies on experts with degrees and experts with "mom" behind their name. For more than ten years, Barbara Joy has worked with moms in recovery from alcoholism and other addictions. She knows what works. Plus she includes reallife stories and strategies from the moms and children she works with. The reader is guided by a professional and encouraged and inspired by moms who have "been there, done that." Because moms in recovery feel more safe and secure in a familiar and consistent environment, each chapter begins with an encouraging saying and ends with a writing activity plus between four to eight clear and concise keys are presented in the chapter -- an ataglance tools reference section. For moms in recovery, Barbara says, " Other than your recovery, I believe that parenting is the most important job you'll ever do. It may also very well be the hardest job you'll ever do. And, for sure, the most rewarding "

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Keep It Simple & Sane

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Inspired by the 12step saying, "Life is simple, it's people who are complicated," Barb Rogers points out in Keep It Simple and Sane that it's pretty easy to tell ourselves lie upon lie as we explain away bad behavior associated with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work...whatever, in an attempt to feel better about our complicated lies. And of course, we can't do anything to simplify our lives because we're too busy keeping up with our complicated lives, so we drink, smoke, or shoot, to seek release in inappropriate ways to relieve the complications. But we never do. Through the telling of her own story and those of fellow travelers, Rogers encourages readers to wait, stop, and hold the phone Start with Mentally Simple (the opposite of Stinking Thinking) and just do it. Start small. "Grab a mental flashlight" and follow her lead to discover what you were thinking and how you might think differently. Offering 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life, this book is for people on the simple path to wellness, for people who simply want to take charge -- to change the things they can change, accept the things they cannot change, and learn to know the difference without an operatic, addictive song and dance.
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Get Up

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A (Former) Skeptic’s Guide to the 12-Step Program

Knowledge from a personal journey. Experiences with addiction vastly differ, but something can be learned from everyone’s journey—especially those who achieve sobriety. Author Bucky Sinister penned this book because he had something to share from his own journey, a realization that completely changed his outlook on recovery. This smart and snide book is his testament to the effectiveness of the 12-Step Program, a path to recovery that he never expected to go down (and work).

A tough-love approach to recovery. As a poet, author, and comedian, Sinister doesn’t hold back from speaking the truth in this book. He speaks bluntly about addiction and his own struggles with it. Sinister appeals to those who are turned off by the usual recovery self-helps. He talks straight to readers who struggle to buy into the effectiveness of the 12-Step Program—particularly those like Sinister, an atheist, who have problems with the “higher power” concept intertwined with the program.

A different kind of “self-help”. Sinister’s book presents itself as self-help, but don’t expect it to have the same tone as others you’ve read. The book is full of Sinister’s comedic touch, colorful language, and stories from “scumbags” that contain life-saving wisdom. An unabashed testimony to Sinister’s personal journey to sobriety and those of others, this recovery book is sure to educate, entertain, and inspire.

Read Bucky Sinister’s Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos and find…

  • A different outlook on the 12-Step Program
  • Raw and honest stories of addiction and staying sober
  • A source of both light laughter and cutting wisdom for those on the path to recovery

Readers of books such as The Unexpected Joy of Being SoberRecovery: Freedom from Our Addictions; and Staying Sober Without God will find further guidance and inspiration in Get Up, which should be the next book for you.

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Wild Women and Books

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Celebrate Famous Women in History

Learn all about the little-known history of the most impactful and revered female authors in this book by best-selling author Brenda Knight. In Wild Women and Books, dive deeper into the lives and inspirations behind iconic feminists and some of the most famous women in history.

Gain inspiration from these feminist stories. As a celebration of perhaps the most revered and radical women writers, best-selling author Brenda Knight brings more than one hundred female authors to life for those looking for inspiration. In chapters such as “Literary First Ladies,” “Ink in Their Veins,” “Banned, Blacklisted, and Arrested,” and so many others, these women and their tumultuous and admirable paths to literary expression make up the most inspiring and unique gift for women looking to make a difference in their day-to-day lives.

One of the best gifts ideas for women in your life. From religious transcribers and political dissidents to erotic playwrights and romantic poets, Wild Women and Books leaves no subject and literary form untouched. This feminist book honors those women whose pens pioneered, persevered, and proved that the female voice is brilliant.

In Wild Women and Books, discover:

  • Some of the most famous women in history
  • The first recorded writer, Enheduanna of Sumeria
  • The stories of critically acclaimed female authors, such as the iconic Toni Morrison
  • And so much more!

If you found inspiration in feminist books like Monster, She Wrote; Women of Means; or The Consequences of Feminism, you’ll love Wild Women and Books!

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Tender Murderers

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The did it for love or money...or both

Some of them fabled femme fatales of yesteryear. some headliners in yesterday's newspapers. Jean Harris, Ruth Snyder, Kate Bender, Belle Starr, Bonnie Parker, Phoolan Devi, Lizzie Borden, Grace Marks, Valerie Solanas, Amy Fisher and more true life who, where, why, when, and howdunnits. Bandit queens, gun molls, mothers, and widows (often selfmade) this array of reallife women who murdered makes for fascinating reading. Thoroughly researched, with archival photos and illustrations.

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Wild Women in the Kitchen

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Not Your Typical Betty Crocker Cookbook

Feminism meets cooking in this addition to the Wild Woman series, pairing recipes by famous female chefs Lynett Rohrer and Nicole Alper with food trivia, stories, and quotes by women.

So you think a woman’s place is in the kitchen. With Betty Drapers and “make me a sandwich” mantras, it’s easy to forget that women have been cooking up a storm for quite some time. Catherine de’Medici was the Johnny Appleseed of Italian food. Nancy Hart shot a Royalist soldier for barging in and interrupting dinner. Turns out, these women really can take the heat. Maybe it’s best to stay out of their kitchen.

Unconventional females and unconditionally good food. Part cookbook, and part women’s history, Wild Women in the Kitchen features 101 recipes to complement the culinary contributions of famous females. With starter recipes curated specifically to these tough cookies, this book replaces female stereotypes with empowering, historical context. Inside, learn about Cleopatra's orgiastic oysters and:

  • Break bread with Golda Meir
  • Serve cucumber sandwiches in Natalie Barney’s Parisian salon
  • Bring over Canard a l’orange like Catherine de’Medici

If you’re in need of a feminist cookbook, and enjoyed reads like The Little House CookbookWomen's Libation!The Little Women Cookbook, or A Woman's Place; then you’ll savor Wild Women in the Kitchen.

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