There a couple of different elements to this blog post so bare with me.
First of all, I will be posting a seperate blog from this one within the next day or two that will answer some questions I've been asked such as "What is your methodology called?" or "What exactly is your program", etc... First of all, I have no "program", there are enough of those already-haha; and since my ideas are a culmination of such a varied and diverse thought pool, I will give it (my philosophy) some sort of title or name, but by doing so it will limit it's actual scope because it won't possibly be able to contain all of the elements that are a part of it. So stay tuned for that, I'm kind of psyched to give it all a kind of nifty name even if it won't encompass the whole gist.
On another note, I got a great e-mail from someone who tells me he's been helped in a meaningful way by "The Freedom to Recover" and who promised to write up another review for Amazon. Speaking of which, I just received another one of those today as well. They'll both be up on the "Your feedback" section of the site shortly but until then, I submit them here.
Oh, and I'm going to ask you folks who have read the book a big favor......if you could go back to the review section for the book on Amazon.....under each review it has a "Was this review helpful to you?" tab where you can click yes or no. If you guys could go back and honestly say which one's you find helpful and click on that, it would be greatly appreciated. It adds credibility :-) Again, if you want to write an actual review that would be even more awesome!
Ok, here are the excerpts from the e-mail conversation;
"Hello from Melbourne, Australia. Never been here, business opportunity brought me here this week. I just wanted to let you know some quick feedback on your book. I received it last Wednesday I believe, and with getting ready for this trip and including a rainy Sunday in Winter Springs, FL, and the flight starting Monday -- I devoured this book.
I must honestly say that I feel it has really helped me and in fact I got a bit emotional about it all once completing the reading. It spoke to me, and it calmed me down.
I'll be happy to write a positive review on Amazon as well, maybe later this week or early next week. I head back home on Sunday. Feel free to remind me, not that I'm looking for a babysitter!
Peace, Rolf. You have done a good thing putting your book together and laying it out there as you see it. I *personally* appreciate it and feel it is spot on.
All the best, many many thanks. MikeR"
"You have absolutely MADE my morning! As I said in the book, life
is all about intent and mine truly is to help people discover themselves much as
I did. I truly am most proud of the 2nd half of the book that is about creating
YOUR reality. Do I bash AA? Well yeah I do because just about everything or at
least a large portion of what I believe, is 180 counter to what they preach. In
order for part 2 to make sense, Part one was necessary. "
"In my opinion -- you really didn't bash AA per se. You were
*critical*, as a critique would expect to need to be. You didn't agree with a
lot of the dogma for sure, and rightly so. But I did see plenty of "AA
references" throughout the book. Like "crossing the line" and references to
abstinence being the "only" way. But that just tells me that you are researching
and using any help that is available out there.
There are some really great people in AA, most of them are just
stuck. Hey -- great people but still with the 800lb. backpack they haven't
learned to stop carrying around. AA founding was definitely tainted, areas in AA
like the sponsor area is really toxic. But there are good people there, and good
for you for seeing that.
For me one of your best references was the jackrabbit that wakes
up in the snowstorm... Right! No need to blame the past for that, now let's get
to work, right?"
Ok, and here's the review that just went up on Amazon today
5.0 out of 5 stars A different road to recovery, August 1, 2013 By Hammer
(Hingham, MA) - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Freedom to Recover: An
evolutionary and realistic guide to overcoming alcoholism without the dogma of
the AA church and its 12 step religion. "You are NOT Powerless" (Paperback)
The Freedom to Recover is a great read. Very motivational and quite
helpful for those who have found AA to be unhelpful. Rolf shares his own
journey on his road to recover as he gives a powerful approach to what worked
for him. If you are looking for help to get your life back on track, or if you
are tired of being IN recovery and would just like to be whole again, this book
might give you insights into a another way of thinking. Great fit for those who
are interested in CBT, REBT and SMART Recovery.
Have a great day everybody,