The Ninth Step

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Author: Mark Dawson

Publisher: Unputdownable

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 386

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John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no one else to whom they can turn. Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. Milton offers to help, but, before he can, Eddie is found dead in circumstances that Milton considers suspicious. And then events take a turn that no one could have anticipated.... Milton's attempted good deed becomes a quest to unveil corruption at the highest levels of government and murder at the dark heart of the criminal underworld. Milton is pulled back into the game, and that's going to have serious consequences for everyone who crosses his path.

The Ninth Step

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Author: Grant Jerkins

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101581530

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Is it true what they say? That we’re only as sick as our worst secret? Because Helen Patrice has one. Last night, she murdered a stranger… Helen is a recovering alcoholic struggling through a twelve-step program. Now it’s time to make amends for a crime she got away with—a hit and run accident that killed the wife of school teacher Edgar Woolrich. It’s time to face the consequences. When she finally gathers the courage to meet him, the ninth step begins with a lie—the first of many as their relationship grows, and Helen knows it’s far too late to reveal the truth to a man she’s come to love. Then one day, she receives an anonymous note: Does he know you killed his wife? Now her devastating trail of deceit is about to lead her into the darkest place so far—that of other people’s secrets…

The Ninth Step

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Author: Gabriel Cohen

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480467189

Category: Fiction

Page: 278

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In this fourth novel in Edgar Award finalist Gabriel Cohen’s acclaimed crime series, Brooklyn homicide detective Jack Leightner reopens the case of his brother’s death four decades later. Cutting class, young Jack Leightner and his brother, Petey, are playing near the Brooklyn waterfront when they find a hidden case of Scotch. They are carrying it home when two teenagers from outside the neighborhood stop them and demand they hand over the booze. Jack refuses, and one of the muggers draws a knife, changing Jack’s life forever. Forty years later, now a veteran of the elite Brooklyn South Homicide Task Force, Leightner still has not come to grips with that fateful day in Red Hook. He is making breakfast one morning when a man appears on his doorstep and introduces himself as Petey’s killer. Leightner could arrest him, but the man makes him a deal: Let me go and I’ll tell you the real reason I stabbed your brother. As Leightner digs into the hidden causes of his family tragedy, he finds his brother’s murder was about much more than a case of Scotch. The Ninth Step is the 4th book in the Jack Leightner Crime Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Psychotherapy of Addicted Persons

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Author: Edward Kaufman

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9780898621167

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

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For many practitioners, sifting through the diverse and complex methods available for treating substance abusers can be just as daunting as working with the addict. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, Edward Kaufman has developed a pragmatic approach to treatment that systematically integrates techniques from a variety of influences--from object relations and cognitive-behavioral therapy to structural family therapy and the Twelve-Step movement. Covering the myriad problems encountered with alcoholics and addicts, he presents a workable approach that can be utilized by a broad audience of therapists at varying levels of training in psychotherapy and/or substance abuse. Each of the chapters provides the details necessary for understanding and treating the substance abuser with psychodynamic therapy. The book outlines the personality and psychopathology of addicted persons, taking into account psychodynamic theory, codependent patterns, and risk factors that may predispose individuals to substance abuse. Recognizing the gender specificity of certain issues, the book then describes topics relevant to addicted women, with discussion of personality traits, gender-specific considerations for psychotherapy, feminist therapy, and how women fare in Twelve-Step groups. A chapter on defense mechanisms focuses on denial, projection, and rationalization, and another chapter describes the three most common personality disorders among addicted persons--antisocial, narcissistic, and borderline. Illustrating the approach with case histories, the author describes his three-phase psychotherapeutic method. The first phase--assessment to abstinence--involves evaluation, motivation, detoxification, incorporating the family and social network, developing a method for abstinence, and delineating a workable treatment contract. The second phase--early recovery (sobriety)--focuses on methods for helping an abuser remain drug and alcohol free. Relapse prevention strategies and a variety of coping methods are outlined, and methods are presented for teaching abusers to recognize situations that may provoke their use of drugs, the reasons for relapse, and the psychodynamics of their addictions. Finally, the third phase--advanced recovery (intimacy and autonomy)--addresses such issues as the ability to love in an intimate way, self-sufficiency in work and creativity, and the development of relaxing, pleasurable leisure skills. The therapist's role in transference and countertransference, and the substantial value of interactional methods to create change, particularly in clients with personality disorders, are examined. The book's final chapters focus on the integration of group and family therapy with the proposed individual therapy model. A phase-related model of group therapy is presented, and multiple-family and couples groups are discussed, with a synthesis of several family therapy approaches that emphasize structural and psychodynamic family techniques. Valuable to a wide audience of mental health professionals working with substance abusers, this book will help the addiction therapist to utilize psychodynamic constructs more effectively, and the psychotherapist to incorporate the tools of such programs as Alcoholics Anonymous. It is also ideal as a primary text or supplemental reading for courses dealing with the treatment of substance abuse.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

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Author: Karen Armstrong

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144640224X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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Drawing on a wide range of material - ranging from the spiritual character of the world religions to the findings of contemporary neuroscience - Karen Armstrong argues that compassion is hardwired into our brains, yet is constantly pushed back by our more primitive instincts for selfishness and survival. Since time immemorial religion has enhanced our altruistic tendencies: all faiths insist that the Golden Rule is the test of true spirituality - 'Always treat others as you wish to be treated yourself'. Taking as her starting point the teachings of the great world religions, Karen Armstrong demonstrates in twelve practical steps how we can bring compassion to the forefront of our lives. These steps both reveal the inadequacies of our knowledge of ourselves and others and enable us to unlock our potential for understanding, empathy and altruism that can be translated into acts of kindness and charity.They culminate in the most radical and challenging of all religious maxims - love your enemy. Yet in today's world, compassion in no longer a luxury but, in the words of Martin Luther King, 'an absolute necessity for our survival'. Practising these steps will not change our lives overnight and turn us into saints or sages: the attempt to become a more compassionate human being is a lifelong project. Yet Karen Armstrong argues that compassion is inseparable from humanity, and by transcending the limitations of selfishness on a daily basis we will not only make a difference in the world but also lead happier, more fulfilled, lives.

Paperback Version Gangsters Anonymous Manual

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Author: G.A. Global Services Inc. Fellowship Approved

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557320909

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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Paperback Version Introduction to Gangsters Anonymous If this is your first introduction to G.A. you are probably wondering if this is for real. Many of us felt the same way. No one here wants to know anything about your crimes. We are here to support each other in our effort to live life free from criminal behavior and street poison. We know the title gangster is very difficult for some. Many consider the word negative. If you identify yourself as an enemy to this title we welcome you and ask that you read this book from beginning to end. We do not claim allegiance to the title. It is only used to describe the mentality we all suffer from. Perhaps you will hear something that sounds familiar to you. Before coming to G.A., we were once afraid to let go of something which had become so much a part of us. It is a relief to discover that the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop committing crimes.

The Ninety Ninth Step to My Father's Hill

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Author: Jacob Chacko Tony,Mbbs MD Mrcp Dr Jacob Chacko Tony

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1607919397

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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The author, a conservative Catholic Christian, discusses his faith and contemporary culture.

Our Different Gifts

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Author: Bernadette Stankard

Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications

ISBN: 9781585959129

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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Twelve Steps For You

Take the Twelve Steps With the Big Book, A.A. History, and the Good Book at Your Side

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Author: Dick B.

Publisher: Good Book Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781885803986

Category: Self-Help

Page: 66

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The much-awaited work of A.A. Historian Dick B. on the origins of each of the Twelve Steps. First and foremost a history of each step. How each of A.A.'s co-founders contributed to each of the Steps. It looks at the original Akron A.A. program which had no "Steps" and took its basic ideas from the Bible and its principles and practices primarily from the United Christian Endeavor Movement of Dr. Bob's youth. Then--source by source--it looks at each Step as it was impacted upon by a particular contributor. The Bible, Oxford Group, Rev. Sam Shoemaker, Dr. Bob's wife Anne Smith, the so-called "Six Steps, then the other sources. This book is an historical study of the roots of each Step; and it can be used for individual and group study of the Steps in a very meaningful way.It is also a guide. A guide to understanding, and a guide to taking each Step. It also shows you how to take the Steps exactly as directed in A.A.'s Big Book. It suggests how you might look at each Step in terms of the contributions to that Step's lanugage and meaning by each of its sources. Finally, it provides Christians and other students with a means of considering, learning, and "taking" each of the Steps in light of that Step's biblical and historical roots--with the Big Book, Bible, and history at hand.When you are through, you will have a perspective of the real spiritual utility of the Twelve Steps in a believer's world, despite the secularization and universalism that are diluting all Twelve Step programs and the language used in connection with the Steps. For example, "God as we understood Him" historically and biblically means Almighty God, the Creator, as He is understood by the newcomer at the time of taking Steps 3 and 11. So too "powerless" in Step 1 is presented in its historical context ("I was licked") rather than in some puzzling linquistic context, seldom understood or unraveled.You'll know and guide the taking of the Twelve Steps as they were intended to be understood and as you never did before.

Step by Step

Daily Meditations for Living the Twelve Steps

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Author: Muriel Zink

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307775453

Category: Self-Help

Page: 432

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Since Muriel Zink began her own recovery work over thirty years ago, many people in self-help and anonymous recovery programs have shared their concern with her about finding concrete, practical ways to use the Twelve Step model, developed originally by Alcoholics Anonymous. In STEP BY STEP, Muriel devotes each month of the year to an in-depth exploration of one of the Twelve Steps, with daily entries. The steps are presented in the chronological order of the months, though any of the meditations can be used out of sequence. No matter where we are in our recovery, these wise, inspiring messges and meditations can help us "step" our way to healthier, more productive lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stop Sex Addiction

Real Hope, True Freedom For Sex Addicts And Partners

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Author: Milton S. Magness

Publisher: Central Recovery Press

ISBN: 1937612236

Category: Psychology

Page: 316

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Sex addiction is a growing menace that threatens all strata of our society, destroying millions of marriages, damaging reputations, contributing to suicides and in come cases prison sentences, and wasting mind-boggling amounts of money. But there is hope. Sex addiction is treatable. Through a rigorous recovery program detailed in these pages, it is possible for sex addicts to stop all of their destructive behaviors--forever. The recovery road is long and difficult, but also very rewarding. Marriages have not only been restored, but enriched. by following the Steps described in Stop Sex Addiction, addicts and their partners have found the path to freedom from sex addiction. You have taken the first step by reading this summary. The wisdom in this book will lead to real hope and true freedom.

At Home With Saint Benedict

Monastery Talks

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Author: Mark A. Scott

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0879079037

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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At Home with Saint Benedict is a selection of the author's conferences on Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries delivered to the monks of Assumption Abbey of Ava, Missouri, when he was abbot there. The author's intention was simply to share with his brother monks what Saint Benedict through his sixth-century Rule might have to offer monks of the early twenty-first century. It is hoped that these conferences, published here, will now speak to men and women outside the monastic cloister. This book is a door to the chapter room of Assumption Abbey. Readers are invited to open the door, sit down with the monks and their abbot, and feel at home with Saint Benedict. Mark A. Scott, OCSO, is a monk of the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina, California, which he entered in 1-978. From 2000 to 2008 he served as appointed superior and then abbot of Assumption Abbey, Ava, Missouri.

The Children Shall Be Blameless

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Author: W. Jack Savage

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477111522

Category: Fiction

Page: 410

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Some men seem to have all the luck. Others dream of only finding a little. Richard Smiths world was the orphanage. It was the only one he knew. All of the other worlds for children, of mothers and fathers and a place called home, he learned from the tears of those who had lost theirs only to wind up in his. From the way they grieved, he knew it must have been something pretty great. Once he had two sisters, they said. One had died and the other went to a place called Iowa with an uncle. He was left behind. He grew up to put most of it behind him and in his search for a family of his own, thought that he had. But an electrical shock opened some door to his early childhood he couldnt seem to get closed again. Each discovery posed more questions until finally there was only one other person he needed to see. It would be a three-day road trip, or so he thought

Ancient Paths

Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way

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Author: David Robinson

Publisher: Paraclete Press

ISBN: 1557257736

Category: Religion

Page: 234

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This field-tested guidebook presents Benedictine spirituality and monastic spiritual practices as a source of wisdom and practical guidance for Christian formation today.

Opening the Dragon Gate

The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard

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Author: Chen Kaiguo,Zheng Shunchao

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 146290288X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This authorized biography of the contemporary Taoist expert Wang Liping (1949 -) tells the true story of his apprenticeship in Taoist wizardry, as well as Taoist principles and secrets of inner transformation. The 18th-generation transmitter of Dragon Gate Taoism, Wang Liping is heir to a tradition of esoteric knowledge and practice accumulated and refined over eleven centuries. This is the first English translation by noted writer Thomas Cleary of the authorized biography by two longtime disciples of this living master of the Dragon Gate branch of the Complete Reality school of Taoism, which integrated Buddhism and Confucianism into a comprehensive new form of Taoism.

Ultimate First Time Home Buyer Guide

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Author: Gerald Tribuzio

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1456607057

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 134

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In today's real estate market, the road to homeownership is a tough one and you can't afford to make a wrong move and ruin your chances of achieving the American dream of owning a home. The Ultimate First Time Home Buyer Guide will tell you why owning a home is better than renting, what exact steps you need to take in buying your first home, how to qualify for the best zero to low down payment programs, which first time home buyer programs are best for you, how to apply for the program, what creative financing options are available, how to improve your credit and increase your credit scores, why foreclosures and short sales are great deals, what are some of the pitfalls to avoid, and tips to improve your chances of getting approved for the first time home buyer program. Buying a home is difficult today but if you make a decision to do whatever it takes to own a home then you will soon experience the joy of being a homeowner.

On Beckett

Essays and Criticism

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Author: S. E. Gontarski

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783081589

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 350

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“On Beckett: Essays and Criticism” is the first collection of writings about the Nobel Prize–winning author that covers the entire spectrum of his work, and also affords a rare glimpse of the private Beckett. More has been written about Samuel Beckett than about any other writer of this century – countless books and articles dealing with him are in print, and the progression continues geometrically. “On Beckett” brings together some of the most perceptive writings from the vast amount of scrutiny that has been lavished on the man; in addition to widely read essays there are contributions from more obscure sources, viewpoints not frequently seen. Together they allow the reader to enter the world of a writer whose work has left an impact on the consciousness of our time perhaps unmatched by that of any other recent creative imagination.