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In the unprecedented and challenging times we're living in, we could all use some extra solace and support. We'd like to recommend these thoughtful and powerful books from Skinner House about mental health and recovery and hope they serve you well in the year ahead.

This Day in Recovery: 365 Meditations
edited by Lane Campbell and
Katie Kandarian-Morris

One of the often-repeated mantras of 12-step and recovery programs is "one day at a time." This Day in Recovery: 365 Meditations offers a short, daily experience to help bring readers back to their spiritual center in the daily moments of struggle and questioning. Editors Lane Campbell and Katie Kandarian-Morris and contributors—each of them speaking from direct personal experience with addiction and recovery—have collected daily quotes, reflections, and questions for readers on their spiritual journey of recovery, with each month focusing on one of the 12 steps.

Unitarian Universalist writers reflect on their experiences while engaging with the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve-Step programs. Some of the authors have been deeply inspired and affected by the Twelve Steps. Others have struggled with the God-language of AA and have had to reinterpret it for themselves. Still others have maintained long-time sobriety and have found lasting support from the larger fellowship of Twelve Step programs. All tell their stories with great honesty and humility, providing inspiration and hope for those who struggle with addiction and for their friends and family members.

by Kate Landis

Kate Landis grew up in the American Baptist Church until she left in her late teens after surviving major depression and a handful of suicide attempts. She became an activist, feminist, punk, and self-described rabble rouser. And through activism she found a spiritual community with justice at its core and a faith that could hold it all—her mental illness, her fire, her spunk, and all of her questions—a loving, stubborn grace. With unflinching honesty and humor in the vein of Cheryl Strayed and David Sedaris but a raw tenderness all her own, Landis chronicles the hardest parts of her young adulthood as well as her poignant journey to community.

by Barbara F. Meyers

In Held, community minister and mental health advocate Barbara F. Meyers illustrates how members of liberal religious congregations can be supportive to those living with mental health problems, and their loved ones, in our congregations and society at large. Meyers addresses the fundamental elements of spiritual support with stories from real life situations and suggestions for how parishioners can provide and advocate for support in their congregations. A study guide for congregations and a list of resources round out this thoughtful and necessary resource.
The work of the Unitarian Universalist Association is made possible by the generosity of member congregations and individual donors.

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