WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1965, this book originally had the proposed title “Alcoholism & Sex.” Two years later it came out with the current title to appeal to a wider audience. It hasn’t been revised for 42 years & it shows. With terms like: temptress, fellows, bulwark (I had to look this word up!), he-males (I kid you not!), & even a reference to a series of articles from The AA Grapevine, the overall tone reminded me of some discontinued literature that I’ve read recently. I also tried to keep in mind that this is not a typical Al-Anon book that reflects a wide variety of member sharings. In fact, it’s mostly based on conversations with only a few Delegates from a 1966 Conference (per “Many Voices, One Journey” (item # B-31) page 126).
2. All that being said, my favorite part (…its saving grace in my opinion) is near the end of the book: “How the 12 Steps Apply to Marriage Problems.” For every Step, there are 6 – 7 questions for self-evaluation. If this book is ever retired, I would hope that this one particular section would live on as a pamphlet or be incorporated into other literature.
**BONUS: Rather than do extensive revisions to this book, the World Service Office decided to create an entirely new book on relationships that I enjoyed much better. What was it? (Hint: see item # B-30!)