WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Unlike the other Alateen daily reader, “Alateen-a day at a time, (item # B-10), since “Living Today in Alateen” (B-26) is the newer one (from 2001) it includes quotes from “Courage to Change” (B-16), “From Survival to Recovery” (item # B-21), & “Paths to Recovery” (B-24). For some reason, I assumed I would only see quotes from other Alateen literature in this book, but I guess I need to watch those expectations!
2. Instead of reading this in ascending page order, I chose to read it based on keywords found in the index. The downside is a lot of jumping around, but the upside is that I’ve read almost every page twice & it’s easier to see overall themes appear. The biggest theme of this daily reader seems to be: learning. …Which makes sense for anyone in the program because it is a daily thing!
3. Naturally topics like homework, taking tests, cleaning rooms etc… are mentioned quite a bit, but don’t kid yourself (ha ha – pun intended! 😜) & think this is a “light” book. I was surprised to find some words in the index that are not in any of the other 3 Al-Anon readers: Stress, Struggles, Jail, Rejection, Excuses, Embarrassment, Fighting, Hopelessness, Saying No, Shyness, Peer Pressure, & Suicide. On the flip side are the words: Being Myself, Direction, Online Meetings, Lessons, & Laughter!
**BONUS: If you also plan on reading this book by using the index only – be sure to read these pages: 42, 222, & 359. They don’t appear in the index at all, so I almost skipped them by accident!
***UPDATE (2/1/17): “Living Today in Alateen” is now featured on Episode #8 of my “CAL Chat” podcast where this daily reader is discussed even further by an Alateen member!
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This sounds like a great book but might need some re editing like my writing at times. I like all the different subjects that we don’t even have in our Al-anon book. Suicide. I can remember on my darkest days even with Jose in recovery, and I was not in recovery, I wanted to curl up and die. Thanks to Al-Anon group and the message and our books, I want to live, taste life even at an ripe old age of 67. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.
It’s like the lyrics say: “Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart!”