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.
The publisher of this book considers it "Too hot to publish in Britain and Ireland" because of libel laws, and independent TV producer McPhilemy does ignite political dynamite about the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)--the state police of Northern Ireland--that could agitate the precarious ongoing peace process. He alleges that 60 people constitute "The Committee," which is comprised of the cadres of various Unionist organizations such as the Ulster Volunteer Force, Ulster Freedom Fighters and "from the higher ranks of the locally recruited security forces, the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and the Royal Ulster Constabulary." The first murder carried out by the Committee was of Catholic Denis Carville in revenge for an IRA assassination, McPhilemy charges. Other sectarian killings followed of apolitical Catholics chosen at random. McPhilemy's company, Box Productions, uncovered the plot, eventually producing a documentary for Britain's commercial TV that aired in 1991. The report was criticized by the Protestant community. A court battle ensued between the RUC and the TV channel over sources which were not revealed, resulting in a contempt charge and a hefty fine. McPhilemy also describes his own successful libel battles against newspapers and the discovery of additional evidence that substantiates his allegations about the Committee. This is a startling, convincing expose. Photos not seen by PW.
This book was a literal lifesaver for my getting sober and into recovery. As a strong believer in gender equality, the typical 12 step Big Book masculine centered language drove me close to leaving sobriety. Then I found this book and the all language, knowledge and insight it gave me is a huge gift in my getting sober. It is useful for all forms of compulsive, addiction behavior, food, shopping etc. etc. and it remains my go to when working with other women. I strongly recommend this book.