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Coming Clean

Author : Seth Haines
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“I suppose we’re all drunk on something.” Seth Haines was in the hospital with his wife, planning funeral songs for their not-yet two-year-old, when he made a very conscious decision: this was the last day he ever wanted to feel. So he asked his sister to smuggle in some gin, and his addiction began. But whether or not you’ve ever had a drop to drink in your life, we’re all looking for ways to stop the pain. Like Seth, we’re all seeking balms for the anxiety of what we believe is an absent God—whether it’s through people-pleasing, shopping, the internet, food, career highs, or even good works and elite theology. We attempt to anesthetize our anxiety through addiction—any old addiction. But it often leaves us feeling even more empty than before. In Coming Clean, Seth Haines writes rawly through the first 90 days of a work of sobriety, illuminating how to face the pain we’d rather run from, and even more importantly, how Jesus meets us there. Because it is only when we face our anxieties with the tenacity and tenderness of Christ’s passion that we truly discover that we are indeed clean, surrendered, and whole.

Coming Clean

Author : Kimberly Rae Miller
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The writer and actress explore her childhood and youth, which was largely defined by her father's struggle with hoarding.

Coming Clean

Author : Liz Fraser
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My name is Liz, and I am the partner of an alcoholic. Coming Clean is a searingly honest memoir of loving an alcoholic – both through the heaviest drinking years and into recovery. When Liz Fraser's partner fell into a catastrophic vortex of depression and alcoholism, Liz found herself in a relentless hailstorm of lies, loneliness and fear, looking after their young child on her own, heartbroken, mentally shattered and with no idea what was happening or what to do. As she and her family moved between Cambridge, Venice and Oxford, she kept the often shocking truth entirely to herself for a long time, trying in vain to help her partner find a path to sobriety, until she herself finally broke from the trauma and started to speak out – only to find she was one of hundreds experiencing similar things, also living in silence and fear. Part diary, part travel journal and part love letter, Coming Clean is the true story of addiction of many kinds, mental collapse and heartbreak. Above all, it offers a voice of deep human compassion, strength and hope for recovery. I hope that in sharing this story it might change the way addiction is talked about and understood from both sides, encourage open, trusting and supportive dialogue between addicts and those their addiction affects, and provide some solace and help for those who need it – as I did.

Summary of Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller Conversation Starters

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Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller: Conversation Starters Coming Clean is a memoir about the dysfunctional childhood of bestselling author and actress Kimberly Rae Miller. The book tells about her experiences as a child and teenager and how they have affected her life. It seems Miller has a successful career and well put-together life, so her childhood must have been normal. However, the book reveals the life and struggles of a girl who grew up in a family that struggles with hoarding. Coming Clean reveals her feelings about growing up, having to hide her father's habit, and just survive Coming Clean, released in 2013, has sold more than 100,000 copies around the world. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: - Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups - Foster a deeper understanding of the book - Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately - Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource meant to supplement the original book. If you have not yet read the original book, we encourage you to before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.

Coming Clean

Author : Tom Gunn
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"If you think you have a drinking problem, you probably do. If you think you can handle it without any outside help, you're probably wrong. In fact, I'll bet you've tried. And still have a problem." Thus begins Tom Gunn's Coming Clean, a handbook disguised as a memoir, a small book with a big message, a book that cuts through the excuses and puts a spotlight on the path to recovery. In this, Gunn is an expert-a well-practiced substance abuser from the age of fifteen who spent more than twenty years living in a self-induced fog before confronting his disease. He's been sober now for almost thirty years and has stories to tell. While readers will learn something about Tom Gunn, they will learn more about themselves Gunn, trained as a lawyer, became a super-salesman and served as head of international sales for one of the world's largest aerospace companies and as president of a helicopter company. For too many years, he avoided getting straight and thought he was doing just fine. As he writes, "I always was very good at my job in spite of the fact that I was using. After I came clean, I was very good at my job. I always thought that booze and pills made me super creative, helping me write speeches and position papers and marketing plans and I was on top of the world! Truth was, I was very good at faking it. Call it, style over substance. It was not until I got sober that I learned how creative I really could be." Advance praise for Coming Clean: "In more than three decades specializing in the assessment and treatment of addiction, I've read many books written by and for substance abusers. Some are technical, some anecdotal, some 'conversational, ' and each makes a contribution in one way or another-but I've never before read a book that so effectively targets men and women who know they have a problem, but are not yet comfortable with the idea of doing something about it." Ronald B. Dicker, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, St. Louis, Missouri.

Bonded to the Abuser

Author : Amy J. L. Baker
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Tens of thousands of children are removed from home each year due to some form of child maltreatment, usually physical neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, although sometimes for emotional abuse as well. An additional significant number of children are victims of child maltreatment but remain in their home. Extensive research reveals the far reaching and long lasting negative impact of maltreatment on child victims, including on their physical, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. One particularly troubling and complicated aspect is how the child victim forms (and maintains) a “traumatic bond” with his abuser, even becoming protective and defensive of that person despite the pain and suffering they have caused. This book will provide the reader with the essential experience of understanding how children make meaning of being maltreated by a parent, and how these traumatic bonds form and last. Through an examination of published memoirs of abuse, the authors analyze and reveal the commonalities in the stories to uncover the ways in which adult victims of childhood abuse understand and digest the traumatic experiences of their childhoods. This understanding can inform interventions and treatments designed for this vulnerable population and can help family and friends of victims understand more fully the maltreatment experience “from the inside out.”

A Story That Matters

Author : Gina L. Carroll
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No matter who you are, your story is a part of something big—the fabric of history and the human experience. Once written and shared, your story will change someone. And that someone is most likely you. A Story that Matters offers an accessible and simplified way to get your stories written. Each chapter is divided into three sections: the first discusses memoir writing in the context of themes—motherhood, childhood, relationships, professional life, and spiritual journey; the second provides basic writing and editing prescription, with a focus on common beginner mistakes and roadblocks; and the third provides a sample story related to the life theme discussed in the first section of the chapter. Chock full of writing and editing lessons that focus on how to get a first draft written and how to craft the draft into a compelling story, A Story That Matters explores our ability to help, heal, and connect to others through story, reminding us of the greater need for a broader array of authentic voices in the story-sharing universe.

Memoir of a Roadie

Author : Joel Miller
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Joel Miller is an ex- roadie for Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Stone Temple Pilots, & The Cranberries. The book is an often-hilarious personal account of a young man in his early 20’s trying to be a “good” roadie while also trying to understand life’s big picture. Through the advice of rock stars and career roadies Joel tries to find the pathway to roadie righteousness.

Writing Selling Your Memoir

Author : Paula Balzer
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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story. A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it. Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: • Identify strong opening and closing points • Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to • Structure a memoir to maximize readability • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy • Approach honesty and truthfulness • Build a successful author platform around their memoir • Get an agent's attention • Get published Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.

Truly Madly Guilty

Author : Liane Moriarty
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From the bestselling author behind the addictive, EMMY and GOLDEN GLOBE-winning HBO series Big Little Lies, comes a cocktail of friendship and modern love - spiked with a little deception. Six responsible adults, two best friends - and one day that changes everything. 'This is a story which begins with a barbecue in the suburbs. . .' By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead. In just one evening six lives will change for ever . . . If you aren't already a Moriarty addict, you will be after this utterly obsessive read. 'If you liked The Husband's Secret, or Big Little Lies, you will love Truly Madly Guilty. Filled with so many twists and turns. Keeps you guessing until the very end. Perfect summer read' Reese Witherspoon 'If, like us, you've been obsessively enjoying Big Little Lies, then you must clear a reading slot for this novel by the same author . . . Truly Madly Guilty is as brilliantly accomplished as it is dark, twisty and compulsive. No wonder Reese Witherspoon is such a huge Moriarty fan' Heat 'Straight-from-life characters, knife-sharp insight and almost unbearable suspense will have you racing through it' Good Housekeeping 'A riveting drama packed with suspense and secrets' Woman & Home