New Book Offers Recovery from Addictions and Compulsions

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Most recovery books are written for the beginner. That may make sense, but once you’ve read them, then what? Mary Cook’s Grace Lost and Found: From Addictions and Compulsions to Satisfaction and Serenity (Conari Press, March 2010) amply answers that question. This grace-centered book is for people at later stages in their recovery who may be looking to uncover the underlying causes of their addictions and seeking to heal the psychological and spiritual pain, which so many addicts bear.

Grace Lost and Found is an empowering resource for abandoning and healing the wounds of your past, surviving and thriving in the face of adversity and rejection, and creating your authentic self.” --Bernie Siegel, MD

Most recovery books are written for the beginner. That may make sense, but once you’ve read them, then what? Mary Cook’s Grace Lost and Found: From Addictions and Compulsions to Satisfaction and Serenity (Conari Press, March 2010) amply answers that question. This grace-centered book is for people at later stages in their recovery who may be looking to uncover the underlying causes of their addictions and seeking to heal the psychological and spiritual pain, which so many addicts bear.

Written by a psychologist who has three decades of clinical and teaching experience, Grace Lost and Found provides a compassionate approach to healing addictions, compulsions, and other unhealthy habits. In forty essays accompanied by personal growth questions and affirmations, Cook addresses symbolic symptoms, messages gained from pain, and much more. She also opens and examines the contents of the addict’s bag of tricks – lack of accountability, a tendency to externalize blame, willfulness, defending and pretending, immaturity, and denial. Finally, she provides wise, get-real spiritual counsel that will be useful to addicts and to those who care about them.

In a book that asks us to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves, Cook reminds us that we tend to grow most from pain and crisis. She promises to “help people find the ultimate treasure in their problems, the messages in their pain, and the metaphors in their symptoms.” If we can learn to pay attention, Cook says, we can ultimately be guided to a “higher, healthier path.”

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
“In the fine book Grace Lost and Found, Mary Cook gently invites readers to share her journey of hope through the angst of addiction. A very worthy book for those who suffer and for those who know people who suffer. I strongly recommend it.”
--Karen Casey, Ph.D., author of Codependence and the Power of Detachment

“Mary Cook’s Grace Lost and Found is filled with helpful information about not only recovery from addictions, but the complexities of life in general. From feeling helpless to realizing personal choices and responsibility, each section brings the reader to thought-provoking questions and affirmations to understand growth through adversity. Individuals and professionals alike could benefit from this book.”
--Barb Rogers, author of If I Die Before I Wake and Twelve Steps That Can Save Your Life

“Once I started reading Grace Lost and Found, I could not put it down. I was struck by how deeply Mary Cook wove the process of spiritual recovery into her work. A must read for those seeking wellness.”
--Pia Mellody, Senior Clinical Advisor for The Meadows and author of Facing Codependence

“Articulate, compassionate, and non-judgmental, Mary Cook writes with a clarity and warmth that makes the reader want to keep reading. It is one of those books that readers will want to pick up more than once, knowing that every page will offer them guidance and support in their journey.”
--Barbara Joy, author of Easy Does It, Mom

“Mary Cook helps people find the treasure in their problem. I prefer not to have people become strong at the broken places, but help them to learn from their pain, so they’re better able to bend and become strong enough to not break. If I Die Before I Wake is an empowering resource for abandoning and healing the wounds of your past, surviving and thriving in the face of adversity and rejection, and creating your authentic self.”
--Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Faith, Hope & Healing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Cook has a master’s degree in psychology and is a registered addiction specialist with thirty-four years of clinical experience and twenty-nine years of university teaching experience. She is in demand nationally as a speaker and is a contributing editor for Steps for Recovery. She has a private practice in southern California. Learn more about Mary Cook at http://www.marycookMA.com.

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