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Courage to Change

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,324 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The daily meditations, reminders, and prayers from Courage to Change help families encourage their recovering alcoholic loved ones and point to Al-Anon's impact as a vital part of recovery. ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters Inc., U.S.
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Trixie Fontaine
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
After two years, I think I've read most of this book; its format is the "daily inspiration" type with a reading for each day of the year. Yes, I sometimes read some of the text with a touch of sarcasm in my voice, but one of the awesome things I've learned in Al-Anon is to TAKE WHAT YOU LIKE AND LEAVE THE REST. Most of these readings are big sanity-savers for me, and a few of them are bookmarked as life-saving in times of stress, etc.

If anyone who is NOT a 12-stepper is reading my notes on this
Lori Quinn
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a morning essential. I could not live without it--wise and inspiring.
Christine CC
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: al-anon-recovery
I'll keep my Al-Anon literature reviews very simple. I learn that I am not alone; that I only have to 'control' myself; and that life becomes brighter and lighter when I 'let go and let god.' The program has changed my life in ways unimaginable. ...more
Lindsay Nixon
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific daily reader for anyone who struggles with self-esteem, OCD, depression, codependency, addiction in any form (internet, shopping, food, booze, gambling, etc) or someone who lives with a person struggling with addiction or dependency.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is changing saving my life, one day at a time...
i've been reading this recovery lit now and then for many years. its the best ever, light borderline nerdy touch, not preachy, and not Goddy. God as we know is different depending on if we belong to a small sect in Thousand Oaks or are a way fun church lady who sells vintage items for incredibly cheap. i like my advice without controversy, so i stick to this unappealingly colored little number for daily thoughts. ...more
Amy Bruestle
Wonderful book with daily readings for anyone, especially those in recovery or alanon.
Marni Tagami
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially those involved with an addict
Recommended to Marni by: Al-Anon
Daily meditations on how to face your loved one's addiction and not let it control you. Do not let co-dependence rule your life. You can love the addict, but you don't have to accept the behavior. You don't necessarily have to leave the addict; you do need to know how to cope and not have your own life swallowed up by the addict. It's a great little devotional that encourages, instructs, and reminds you of your own strengths. ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I guess I'll always be reading this book! I now pick it every day and almost every daily meditation is useful. I sometimes peruse by topic but then I tend to overdo it and put it down with nothing to focus on. Eternally grateful for Al-Anon and it's literature. Too simple to be so brilliant! ...more
Romeo Ballayan
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alcohol ruins dreams, families, friendships, relationships, and kills all hopes. This disease is devastating. This book has truly been a blessing to find. The daily teachings are so on point and full of passion, wisdom, and accuracy. Even if you aren’t dealing with an alcoholic or the effects of alcoholism, I truly suggest you get this book anyways! It is totally worth it on so many levels!
Jonathan Tennis
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great daily reader for those with friends and/or family suffering from the effects of addiction. After reading it cover to cover, I’ve found it useful to open it to any page at random and see what wisdom it contains. But far be it from me to tell anyone else how to read it.
Chris Gager
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every day something great to read. My first Alanon reader. Date is for the beginning.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great daily reader for anyone who has an alcoholic family member, friend or co-worker.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful day-to-day reminder to keep your serenity no matter what life throws at you.
Vicki Allen
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meditations
Helped me through a very difficult time in my life and I continue to turn to it when I need a new perspective within myself.
Charlotte  Wrenn
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
This is a jewel of a book that stays on my bedside.
Tania Bradkin
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really don't want to rate this book bc I'm not in the program but I read this book so I could better assist people that are and understand the foundation of the Al Anon Program...the daily intentions provided in this book is incredible for an adult to benefit from and they are short and concise. I would like to see a teenager/youth version of this book as some of the themes may not resonate with youth today, may be too adult in some ways. Children of alcoholics do grow up faster than others bu ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
So thankful for the day that I accompanied a friend to her first Al Anon meeting and was introduced to the 12 steps and Al Anon materials. I have been helped by every bit of Al Anon approved material that I have read. I truly believe the 12 steps are for everyone and are the key to living an emotionally mature and healthy life. I will be reading and rereading these books for the rest of my life.
Suzanne Singman
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Al-anon. a wonderful way to live a life. Even if you didn't have someone on in your life affected by alcohol, this is a great program for living. How to focus on yourself and the things you can control. How to let go and let the universe. I do love the program. ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It almost seems silly to say that I've "read" this and checked it off my list. This is a daily reader and while I've read it nearly daily for a few years... I'm always re-reading it. 4 stars but only because I have another in the Al-Anon literature that I favor more ('Hope for Today'). ...more
Jennifer Jessop
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book two years in a row and will probably read it again next year. It is very beneficial not only for readers whose lives have been affected in some way by alcoholism, but also for anyone recovering from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. ...more
Ellen Stone
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by my counselor...LOVE IT. I’m not in Al-Anon, but starting my day reading the page for the day has been tremendously helpful to look at myself more in depth and to become more spiritually fit as I stay sober one day at a time,
Lisa Bear
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an ongoing read for me. It's the first thing I do in the morning while I drink my coffee. Some days are more inspirational than others but the reads can hit it on the head at the best of times. ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good guide to life's important knowledge. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A great how to live your life in the chaos of alcoholism.
Alexandra Chauran
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been in Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics, for one year today.
Chelsea Mason
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite meditation book, at least during this part of my journey. I get such a good thought to think about and work on throughout the day.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Debra by: Mary Jane
Help me a lot during a rough time
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good daily advice for people who are in families where someone is struggling with addictions.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book helped changed me and the way I look at people. So much self help information.
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