EPISODE 12 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to! How can it be easier to share about sex? How can spiritual solutions be brought into intimate situations? What new upcoming Al-Anon literature is on the horizon? (To hear this episode, please visit the show’s website at: calchatpodcast.com – or you can subscribe to it for free wherever you get your podcasts & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted. 📲 🔔)
Terry Anne shares, in part 1 of 5, about the brand new book “Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships” (item # B-33) that came out in 2018 at Al-Anon’s 6th International Convention. We discuss the workshop she once gave on the topic of sex, the different types of intimacy covered, & my strange experience with this book.
In part 2 of 5, she elaborates on communication from Chapter 3. She explains how she has used this book in her personal life in recognizing & moving through old behaviors. We also discuss how labels & biases can hinder intimacy & that this book is an example of our evolving Al-Anon program.
In part 3 of 5, she sums up the new book in 3 words! I reveal my favorite sections from pages 18-19 & the story of loss on page 118 that still stays with me.
Her pick (in part 4 of 5) for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the bookmark “Just For Today” (item # M-12) & we talk about how it helps puts the focus on ourselves, not the alcoholic. Then we pull out our “2018 World Service Conference Summary” (item # P-46) to dive into page 51 regarding the new upcoming bookmark “Just For Tonight” (item # M-81) that originally came from the August 2016 edition of The Forum magazine. To download the free “2018 World Service Conference Summary” so you can see page 51, visit: www.al-anon.org/pdf/P46_2018_web.pdf.
In part 5 of 5, Terry Anne highlights new upcoming Al-Anon literature & explains how the slogan chosen for the 2018 World Service Conference applies to her own personal life. To submit your suggestion for your favorite Forum article that you’d like to see in the new upcoming book, email it to: email@example.com – in the subject line, be sure to use the working title “The Forum Book” & they’ll also need to know the title, month, & year in which the article appeared in the magazine. Visit this podcast’s website, calchatpodcast.com, to download & print out a PDF form if you’d like to send in your suggestions by regular mail. Lastly, to submit your sharing for the new Daily Reader visit www.al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/literature/literature-resources & click on the blue button that says “Send Your Sharing.”
**UPDATE (11/2/22): It saddens me to report that per page 24 of the “2022 World Service Conference Summary” (item # P-46), the proposed new book: “The Forum Book” will not be going to print as a new collection of favorite pieces. 😥 However, it does say:
“We have been using the collection of Forum sharings that were submitted for the project and circulating them in other forms, including virtually whenever possible.”
…I wonder if these articles might show up in the premium content available only in Al-Anon’s mobile app? Hmmm… I just might need to re-up my paid subscription to see… 🤔
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