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CAL – Item # B-26 – Living Today in Alateen

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B-26WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Unlike the other Alateen daily reader (item # B-10), since Living Today in Alateen is the newer one (from 2001) it includes quotes from Courage to Change (B-16), From Survival to Recovery (B-21), & Paths to Recovery (B-24).  For some reason, I assumed I would only see quotes from other Alateen literature in this book, but I guess I need to watch those expectations!

2. Instead of reading this in ascending page order, I chose to read it based on keywords found in the index.  The downside is a lot of jumping around, but the upside is that I’ve read almost every page twice & it’s easier to see overall themes appear.  The biggest theme of this daily reader seems to be: learning.  …Which makes sense for anyone in the program because it is a daily thing!

3. Sure things like homework, taking tests, cleaning rooms etc… are mentioned quite a bit, but don’t kid yourself (ha ha – pun intended!) & think this is a “light” book.  I was surprised to find some words in the index that are not in any of the other 3 Al-Anon readers:  Stress, Struggles, Jail, Rejection, Excuses, Embarrassment, Fighting, Hopelessness, Saying No, Shyness, Peer Pressure, & Suicide.   On the flip side are the words: Being Myself, Direction, Online Meetings, Lessons, & Laughter!

**BONUS:  If you also plan on reading this book by using the index only – be sure to read these pages: 42, 222, & 359.  They don’t appear in the index at all, so I almost skipped them by accident!

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2 thoughts on “CAL – Item # B-26 – Living Today in Alateen

  1. HI PAT!
    This sounds like a great book but might need some re editing like my writing at times. I like all the different subjects that we don’t even have in our Al-anon book. Suicide. I can remember on my darkest days even with Jose in recovery, and I was not in recovery, I wanted to curl up and die. Thanks to Al-Anon group and the message and our books, I want to live, taste life even at an ripe old age of 67. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

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