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Emotional Sobriety – Volume One
The Next Frontier
Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier features powerful stories of sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous about the benefits of practicing the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous in all aspects of their lives.
In a 1958 article for Grapevine, the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. wrote about the ongoing challenges of recovery that he faced long after he stopped drinking, including his struggle with depression. For him, “emotional sobriety” became the next frontier.
In these honest and humble essays drawn from the archives of Grapevine magazine, you’ll discover what emotional sobriety is all about. Many will realize that happiness is a by-product of giving without any demand for return; others learn to embrace the present with gratitude so they may claim moments of real peace.
The stories in this collection show that when we have the willingness to find solutions, rather than stay stuck in problems, we can let go of fear, selfishness, and resentment, put aside selfish demands, practice outgoing love, and become more connected to our Higher Power and our friends, family, and community.
Here, sober women and men describe the transformations sobriety can bring as they practice the principles of AA in all aspects of their lives. Many discover that happiness is a by-product of giving without any demand for return. Others embrace the present with gratitude to claim moments of real peace – “a quiet place in bright sunshine,” as Bill W. put it in the essay that gave the impetus to this book.
We invite you to join the journey. This is Volume One of Two on Emotional Sobriety.