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While in a coffee shop recently, I was looking through a wonderfully inspirational and motivational book. Before realizing what audience the book was actually written for, I had written down a handful of mind sparking quotes.
Little did I know I was eating from a plate that hadn’t been fixed for me.
After about the sixth quote I jotted down, I looked at the cover, then read the introduction. A person who has never drank anything stronger than the strongest coffee was devouring a book about recovery from alcoholism.
It was too late by then, I had fallen in like with the author. So I read some more and the like grew to love.
The book is “The Wrath of Grapes,” (the author cites the definition of hangover as “The Wrath of Grapes”). It was written by Sandi Bachom, an author I’d pilfer through garbage just to read a grocery list she’d penned.
She also wrote, “Denial is Not a River in Egypt.” Can the lady bang out titles or what??
Below are a few excerpts from her introduction to “Grapes…”:
“Although it has been 13 years since my last drink, I am no less a drunk. The passage of time does not diminish this fact. I’m a strange paradox, known only to alcoholics, the years actually fuel denial that whispers to us, ‘I wasn’t THAT bad.’ “
This phenomenon demands that I be reminded on a daily basis that I have this affliction and that is no laughing matter but that laughter can help to mend….
Every word in this book has been a part of my recovery and has brought me comfort when I have been paralyzed by fear and overwhelmed with loneliness….”
It’s a small paperback book and doesn’t cost nearly enough. You don’t have to be in recovery to find a goldmine in the pages. However, if you are in recovery (for any addiction), don’t take another step without the support of this book.
I don’t recommend alot of books or authors (even though I read voraciously) – this author and this book are perfect examples of why. When something spectacular comes along, I want people to know I mean business.
“There are no mistakes – only events from which we need to learn.”
“Find humor in a thing and you can survive it.”
“We are not punished FOR our sins, but BY our sins.”
-Quotes from “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Make each moment count double,