CAL – Courage to Be Me – Living with Alcoholism (Item # B-23)

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WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the first Alateen book I’ve ever read & I was not prepared!  I should’ve had a box of tissues along with it – especially for the “Happy/Sad” section that begins on page 300.  The simplicity & direct honesty felt like I was reading a bunch of diary entries from teens of all ages that I could identify with since I, too, grew up in an alcoholic home.

2. This book doesn’t just cover the Steps, but also the Alateen Traditions!  Each section ends with a workshop that I’m going to start using myself & with my sponsees.


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**UPDATE (2/1/17): “Courage to Be Me” is now featured on Episode #8 of my “CAL Chat” podcast where this book is discussed even further by an Alateen member!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sharon E. says:

    Hey Pat!
    This sounds like all of the material you introduced us to like reading. It is so easy to say I wish my kids read this publication when they were young. On the other hand, they have their own paths they have to take. i need to get out of the way. Pray for them and love them is the best thing I can do for them.

    Thanks Pat.

    Take care.


    1. Pat A. says:

      Yeah, I think that’s the biggest thing I’m learning from this blog… that I have preconceived notions about certain pieces of literature I’ve never read, & then when I actually read it, I’m amazed at its power & how relatable it is. This journey through the CAL Catalog is really opening my eyes & my heart! 🙂

      1. Sharon E. says:

        Bless you and thank you for posting this.

        Sharon 🙂

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