Old-timers in 12-step programs say that if you want to stay sober, you only have to change one thing: your whole life. Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman recounts how one woman did just that.
Jill Kelly's personal stories describe the journey as two decades of drinking and despair gave way to a richly rewarding sober life. Her demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others - they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life. At the same time, she faces the challenges of emotional eating and her sober ambivalence about sexual relationships.
This audiobook offers hope to those who cannot imagine a life without alcohol by someone who has recreated hers.
What members say
- Fashion Forward
A beautiful story about recovery
What did you love best about Sober Truths?
Jill tells her full story but what really stood out is the ending. It is so richly layered, sharing, her spiritual practice, art, teachings and her own insecurities. You can read it multiple times and always find a gem to apply to your own journey.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sober Truths?
Her artist retreat. We all have misconceptions of who we think we should be or how we should fit in. Sometimes we are already there in our own way. We just have to make some adjustments.
Which character – as performed by Jill Kelly – was your favorite?
Of course, Jill
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The story really touched me.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this book to anyone touched by alcoholism in their life, especially those who are looking down their road to recovery.
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This is a graphic autobiography
I thought the author's use of words and language were excellent. I think she is a beautiful writer insofar as her use of words and construct of language are concerned. As for the content, it was not a very enjoyable read (listen). The story left me feeling bereft... sad for the author in many ways, yet also happy that she seems to have found a level of peace in her latter years. One very notable observation is that she seems to place a great deal of responsibility for her poor choices on her mother. Having never been a mother herself, I believe she is not capable of fully understanding her own mother. While placing a high degree of blame on her mother, she still managed to paint a picture of her mother that led me to believe her mother was actually a good person, a dedicated mother, and that she did the best she knew. I appreciate the author's willingness to be vulnerable, and do not want to cast any shame. I really hope she used fictitious names for the men she describes in such detail! I do not think there was one man in the book who was placed in a favorable light. All were narcissistic, calloused and utterly deprived of character. Overall, the book left me feeling hollow.