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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
We all, at one time or another, have to face life challenges. There is no bigger challenge than facing the world with a sober mind. It can be a frightening prospect but there are tried and tested techniques that we can use to make our recovery less anxious and more of a positive experience. Prayer and meditation have been used since time began, but many of us shy away from such activities due to preconceived ideas. Throughout The Sober Journey by Dirk Foster, you will discover that using prayer and meditation will not only offer you that consistent lifeline of comfort but also improve your wellbeing in every area of your life. The road to recovery is more than living a life free of alcohol, but learning to live a life filled with compassion, humility, learning to be grateful and letting go of resentment. Learning to love yourself is key to your success. This guide will take you step by step and teach you how to respect and love yourself again.
There is nothing better than reading a self-help guide from someone who has lived the experience of the issues discussed. The author tackles the subject of sobriety with a brutal honesty that is not only refreshing but uplifting. He gives insightful methods that are invaluable. I loved how he included his personal stories throughout the book. His explanation of prayer and meditation breaks down the barriers that some people may face when embarking on their own spiritual journey. He guides you gently through the stages of meditation and the different forms it can take. He really breaks down the act of meditation into simplistic bite-size pieces. The analogy of Chattering Monkeys and Passing Clouds was so beneficial to me. The benefits of using prayer in daily life was a definite aha moment for me. I have written many of the prayers down so I can refer to them again. I especially loved the Success and Right Action prayers. I would recommend this book to anyone who is facing challenging times. The Sober Journey is insightful, inspirational and reassuring.