Twenty-Five Words: How The Serenity Prayer Can Save Your Life

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Red Wheel, Feb 20, 2005 - Self-Help - 141 pages
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These twenty-five words are the bedrock prayer of the worldwide Alcoholics Anonymous movement, a movement that has saved and improved millions of lives. When Barb Rogers first heard this prayer a quarter of a century ago, she could scarcely credit it and hadn't the ears to believe it. It all begins with "meee, meee, mee," she writes. As in, Why is God doing all these things to meee? Why doesn't God understand that I know what's best for mee and do what I ask him to? Why are other people doing all these things to mee? Well, as it turns out, it's not all about "meee." Rogers tells her story and invites readers to take a tough, loving look at their own. There are some things we should accept, period. We shouldn't take them personally. We shouldn't whine or scream or go off on a tear. Then there are some things we can change, and we should probably take a look at those as well. And the real trick, the one that comes from years of saying the prayer and letting its healing principles sink in, is knowing the difference. Once we make room in our lives, letting go and letting God, all kinds of things can happen. Barb Rogers' own story starts in the depths of alcoholism, with deceased children, broken marriages, lost jobs. Sure there were reasons, but reasons didn't change anything; the Serenity Prayer did. A down-home, nitty-gritty, get-real guide to living the Serenity Prayer.

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So to start: If the words Alcoholic Anonymous has you dismissing this wonderfully emotionality vulnerable book of wisdom, written by someone who is a recovered Alcoholic, you will miss the gift of this book. The prayer is broken down into chapters and delivered through a personal story of courage to live through fear. For those of you in a 12 Step Program you will identify immediately with the message. For those of you merely seeking a new way of simply enjoying living a useful life you will find this easy read inspiring. 

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It is really a shame that this book now costs. I read it for free on the internet and it would help so many people.


God Grant Me the Serenity
To Accept the Things I Cannot Change
Courage to Change the Things I Can
And Wisdom to Know the Difference

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Page 146 - Prayer God, grant me the Serenity To accept the things I cannot change... Courage to change the things I can, And Wisdom to know the difference.

About the author (2005)

Barb Rogers wrote several books on recovery, alcoholism, addiction, and wellbeing, including TwentyFive Words and Keep It Simple and Sane. Barb died in early 2011.

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