W.A. Book of Discovery


The Workaholics Anonymous new study book, the Book of Discovery, is a guide to Twelve Step writing and reflection published in Fall 2009. It provides Step instruction, questions, activities, thought-provoking stories written by members of our fellowship, and readings from W.A. and A.A. literature. By giving readers the space to write and the time to reflect, all in a large spiral-bound, three-hole punch volume, the Book of Discovery delivers an alternative to our tendency of hyper-rationalization. The book includes both resources and content about each Step as well as questions and activities for W.A. members to answer. Individuals and groups can use the Book of Discovery as a reading and topic source. It can also galvanize interactive writing and sharing experiences for groups. Our hope is that recovering workaholics will be sparked to take a new look at the Steps and how they can be navigated to a healthier, awakened, and lighter life.

Table of Contents for the Book of Discovery...

Introduction and Overview: The Problem and the Solution to Work Addiction (content similar to this pamphlet)

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK


The Twelve Steps of Workaholics Anonymous
The Twelve Traditions of Workaholics Anonymous

EMBRACING THE TWELVE STEPS WITH THE HELP OF OTHERS


Sponsorship
Co-Sponsorship
Step Study Groups
Step Study Retreats
Online Options
Lastly, Before You Begin

STEP ONE


Activity: Highlighting Unmanageability
Activity: A Timeline of My Behavior and Unmanageability Around Work or Activity
Activity: Drawing the Feeling of Unmanageability
Activity: Quantifying My Unmanageability
Story: Insanity, Feelings, and Sane Alternatives
Step One Writing Process
Activity: Insanity, Feelings, and Sane Alternatives
Activity: Abstinence Planning

STEP TWO


Questions
Activity: Writing a "Help Wanted" Ad for My Higher Power
Activity: An Altar to My Higher Power
Story: Gardening as a Metaphor for a Higher Power
Story: Steps One and Two and a Higher Power
Story: Ways to Translate "God"

STEP THREE


Questions
Activity: God Can
Story: Living in Divine Flow
Activity: Visualizing Letting Go

STEP FOUR


Warm-up Activity: Gentleness Collage
Inventory Process Overview
Activity: Resentment Inventory
Questions: Resentment Inventory
Activity: Fear Inventory
Questions: Fear Inventory
Activity: Sexual Harms to Others Inventory
Questions: Sexual Harms to Others Inventory
Activity: Miscellaneous Harms to Others Inventory
Questions: Miscellaneous Harms to Others Inventory
Story: Tools for Gentleness, Coping Skills, and Character Assets

STEP FIVE


Activity: Choosing the Right Share Partner
Questions
Activity: Checklist of Possible Materials for Sharing Step Five
Activity: A Prayer to Open Step Five Sharing
Questions (for Review After Sharing of Step Five Writing)
Story: Reaching Our for Help

STEP SIX


Questions
Cultivating Readiness: A Deeper Look
Activity: Good-Bye Letter to Defects
Story: Not All Roses and Miracles

STEP SEVEN


Activity: Creating a Personal Step Seven Prayer
Activity: Practicing New Behavior Traits
Activity: More New Traits Practice
Story: Defects for the Ducks
Story: From Contraction to Arms-Wide Embrace
Story: Release into Character Assets
Activity: Prayer to Be Free of Resentment

STEP EIGHT


Questions
Activity: Glowing Globes of Healing
Story: Cultivating Honest Willingness

STEP NINE


Activity: Releasing Blocks With Courage and Humility
Activity: Indirect and Living Amends
Activity: Making Direct Amends
Activity: Facing Creditors
Activity: Amends to Myself
Story: Freeing Amends
Story: Creative Amends

STEP TEN


Activity: Daily Step Ten Inventory
Activity: Daily Refrigerator Cleaning
Story: "G" is for Generous

STEP ELEVEN


Questions
Activity: Prayer and Meditation
Activity: Creating a Meditation Sanctuary
Activity: Conscious Contact Montage
Story: Breath and Gratitude
Story: Message from My Deeper Power- "M Therapy"
Story: Sitting With the Silence

STEP TWELVE


Questions
Activity: Developing a Service Plan
Activity: Discovering Balance in All Our Affairs
Story: Serene Awakening
Story: The Miracle of Abstinent Service
Activity: Recovery Fireworks

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The Book of Discovery's cover price is $25 US (plus shipping and handling) and it is available for ordering from this website.