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Paul Williams is an alcoholic.
Tracey Jackson is not.
But together, these two close friends have written Gratitude and Trust, a book designed to apply the principles of the recovery movement to the countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless need effective help with their difficulties and pain.
Williams, the award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer—and veteran of many years of traditional therapy—has never been a drunk or a drug abuser, but she realized that many of the tenets of Williams’s program could apply to her. In Gratitude and Trust, Williams and Jackson ask: What happens to those who struggle with vexing problems yet are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement?
Whether you’re tethered to your phone or you turn to food for comfort; whether you’re a perfectionist and can’t let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can find intimacy only on the Internet or you’ve been involved in a string of nasty relationships—the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what’s standing in your way. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on a half-dozen new affirmations, that can help conquer your vices, address personal dysfunction, and start to brighten the darkest moods. Gratitude and Trust is an essential, inspirational, and uplifting guide to identifying and changing maladaptive behaviors in order to uncover your most productive, healthiest self.
About the Author
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter ("Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," and "We've Only Just Begun") and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.
Tracey Jackson wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru and The Other End of the Line among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series BABES for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary Lucky Ducks, which can presently be seen on Amazon, Journeyman Docs and pay for view. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime. Tracey blogs three times a week on traceyjacksononline.com. She has blogged for Huffpo, WOWOWOW, Society for Drug Free America, Tiny Buddha and various other sites. She runs Gratitudeandtrust.com with Paul Williams.
A New York Times Relationships Bestseller
“This amazing book is about a revolutionary concept—recovery for the non-addict, for those who have longed for what their recovering friends have: a spiritual path, healthy company, and a little light to see by. Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson have great insight into our shared problems, solutions, humanity, craziness, and dreams. Plus, they will make you laugh, and give you hope, that recovery—starting over—is for everyone who has imagined a life of immediacy, honesty, and joy.”
"Witty and modern."
—Marc Spitz, VanityFair.com
“Paul and Tracey have come up with a brilliant insight: recovery is not just for addicts. Why should our friends in recovery be the only ones to benefit from this time-tested wisdom? I’ll take some too, please. If you read this book, you’ll feel better by page 5 or thereabouts. And by page 51, you’ll be underlining passages and making notes in the margins - at least if you’re like me. It helped me change the way I think, eat, feel, even do my housework. My deep gratitude to Paul and Tracey for writing this book that will help millions.”
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All
“Self-help books can be so woo woo and annoying. Gratitude and Trust is the brilliant exception. This life-affirming book is bursting with wicked insights, bravado and wit.”
—Simon Doonan, author of The Asylum
“Reading Gratitude and Trust is like a long sit-down with a couple of very smart, funny, plain-spoken friends who have been through some hard times, and are here to help you avoid the same pitfalls. This is a generous and insightful book.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion
"The affirmations address spiritual and practical needs... [Gratitude and Trust] may come at a time when our increasingly obsessive and addictive culture revels in escapism in the form of video games, binge show watching, overating, and the many varieties of diversion on the Internet."
—East Hampton Star
“What a great gift – Christmas, Hanukah, holidays – to give Gratitude and Trust.”
—Oprah Winfrey, Super Soul Sunday
“Personal and powerful… An amazing book.”
—Kathie Lee Gifford