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Drop The Rock: Removing Character Defects - Steps Six and Seven

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,275 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. This cast of character defects will undermine the best-laid plans for recovery from addiction. It's not uncommon for individuals in recovery to hang on to negative, self-defeating behaviors after they've given up their addiction. These are the "rocks" that can sink recovery - or, at the least, block further progress. With ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 132 pages
Published February 11th 2005 by Hazelden Publishing (first published January 1st 2005)
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Kckeene
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Step 6

I cant keep practicing my character defects and expect God to remove them! I have to develop a new set of habits and practice them. I must be willing to make the choice between my old and new habits. When it comes to will, I must be willing to put God's will in place of my will into action. I also have to be willing to accept that God will take care of me. I have to give up the fear of being comfortable in my own chaos and the unknown of not living the chaotic life. I have to get out of
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Sober
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, has helped me be a better and have a better life. It is a great book to read at any length of sobriety. I read it at 5 years and then 10 and then just recently at 15 and it has helped change me.
Steve
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with it. Kind of felt like everyone who has ever preached to me got together, once and for all, to tell me how to live my life.
ms.petra
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent supplement to your 12 step work. Really focuses in on steps 6 and 7 and gives you a solid foundation to move forward. I spent some time reading and rereading this small volume and am certain it will be a great reference in the future
Adrien Wamboldt
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My recovery depends on the teachings of this book.
Dorothy
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone in A.A. or other 12-step recovery programs
Recommended to Dorothy by: Jackie C.
Excellent book for people in recovery from addiction. Written about the 6th and 7th steps from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, it is a wonderful source for instruction on living out these steps. I will keep my copy and reread it over and over, as a reminder and to continue to grow in my understanding about how to live "right sized" when I tend to think, falsely, that I am bigger or smaller than my problems.
Mari Perper
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Profoundly changed my approach to steps six and seven. I am grateful for the opportunity to see how crucial these previously under-appreciated steps are in my journey. Dropping the effing rock remains a necessity within my daily routine.
Andrea
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mental-health
Very helpful book. An essential for those in a 12 step program!
Angela
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent advice written in a clear and concise manner. I recommend to anyone in recovery.
Ian Datz
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great....
Patrick Kelly
It gave me a better understanding of the magic, faith, and acceptance that comes along with the 6th and 7th steps. It is not an approach of trying to fix everything, analyzing all of your behaviors, radically controlling them, and them changing yourself through more control and self reliance. Things that I desperately try and do. Instead it advocates for more observation, faith, and care. Things that I don't want to do.

I need to reread this book with a closer ear.
Bills
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was a good explanation of the attitudes and actions needed to make a productive start on the 6th and 7th steps. I enjoyed the personal stories included in the book, they made the ideas more relatable for me.
Donald Powell
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A good review of steps six and seven as written in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Good use of personal stories to elucidate the points being made. Somewhat limited in some of the discussion but a worthy road map for any human dealing with the rigors of the human condition.
Elizabeth De Fraine
Inspiring

It was a challenge I heeded. It reminded me to see the steps everyday. My recovery of 30 years has had ups and downs. I heeded to look at my recovery in an old light just the way I did on the beginning.
James Patterson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great inspiration and guide for really letting go of character defects.

Great inspiration and guide for really letting go of character defects. Makes so clear what one needs to do, and the outlook that breeds victory!
James
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book on expanding the importance of steps six and seven. Two steps commonly overlooked because they are misunderstood , yet so imperative to sobriety. Read it through with my sponsor and he was able to help answer my questions.
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Becca Niner
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book helped to deepen my understanding of the sixth and seventh steps. I still give it to my sponsees as a part of their stepwork.
Kristina Lovel
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Good information, but some of it was preachy.
Sarah Goodner
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-challenge-29
I love that there's a book for step 6 & 7. This is something that I will give to every sponsee I ever have. A profound description of character defects, willingness, and turning them over to God.
Ryan P Donovan
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Introspective — easy concepts to grasp
Lisa
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book opened my mind to new ideas, perspectives and ways of thinking. I will keep it on my bookshelf to read again.
Bettina
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"We choose to see the world differently. Therefore, we act differently. That is why choosing a new perspective- a larger perspective, beyond addiction- is so important." Loved this book so much.
Kelly rice
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dropped that ROCK

The book just helps letting the rock go and not letting it pull you down again .i will read this again.
Kathryn
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thorough explanation of self-examination and the ideas and beliefs that can hold us back.
Jerry Leavitt
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful

Love the book and what it has done for me and my recovery . Hope to keep practicing what I learned.
Chris
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful

Adds to my understanding of steps 6 and 7.
11 more words and don’t have Any thing left to say.
Kathleen
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book with a group of recovery ladies.. A lot of wisdom in this book.
Lisa
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really helped me through steps 6 and 7!
Jesse Russell
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changed the way I look at steps six and seven...

Changed the way I look at steps six and seven. Well written, short, but richly thought provoking. Glad it was recommended!
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