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Grace Lost and Found
From Addictions and Compulsions to Satisfaction and Serenity
Mary Cook
ISBN: 9781573244688
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
176 pages
March 1, 2010


Many recovery books are for the beginner, and that makes sense. But then what? This grace-filled book is for people at later stages in their recovery who are looking to uncover the underlying causes for their addiction and heal the psychological and spiritual pain, often lingering from childhood, that many addicts bear.

Grace Lost and Found is an inspirational and deep exploration of problems and pain and provides a compassionate approach to healing addictions, compulsions, and other unhealthy habits. The 40 essays, each with their own set of practices and affirmations, engage readers on a journey through body, mind, and spirit, symbolic symptoms, pain messages, levels of consciousness, and an expanded view of identity and life.

The essays reach right to the bottom of the addict’s bag of tricks—lack of accountability, the tendency to externalize blame, willfulness, defending and pretending, immaturity, denial—and offer wise, compassionate, and get-real spiritual counsel.

As Cook reminds us, we tend to grow most from pain and crisis: “I help people find the ultimate treasure in their problems, the messages in their pain and the metaphors in their symptoms. We are all being guided to a higher, healthier path, when we pay attention.”

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 speaks nationally and is a contributing editor to Steps for Recovery. She has a private practice in Southern California. (Photo Credit: Jim Lund)

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