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  • The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life
  • Written by: Laura McKowen
  • Narrated by: Laura McKowen
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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We Are the Luckiest

Written by: Laura McKowen
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We Are the Luckiest is a masterpiece. It’s the truest, most generous, honest, and helpful sobriety memoir I’ve read. It’s going to save lives.” (Glennon Doyle, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior: A Memoir)

What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something - anything - else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky. 

But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.” 

Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of sobriety, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.

©2020 Laura McKowen (P)2020 New World Library

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Changed my life

I have many alcohol related self help books in my audible library. This is now my favorite. It is easy to relate to, real and REALISTIC. it helped me confirm that it is OK to have set backs and it is OK not to just wake up and magically be sober. This is a process and this book made me feel like somebody finally understood what i was going through. LOVE IT! HIGHLY recommend for anyone facing similar situations.

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Powerful

This book is a masterpiece.
It helped me begin my sobriety journey knowing that I made the right choice for me. I still read chapters of the book when I need to remind myself why I do it and I cry every single time.
I recommend it for everybody who has a little voice inside their mind that want something bigger than life itself.

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Simply wonderful

This book was given to me by my wife. It was beautiful, raw and inspiring. It is what my soul needed. I saw myself in the stories and found inspiration and encouragement to deepen my journey into sobriety.

I believe I will go back to this book again and again.

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a courageous story

what an inspiring and courageous journey, very inspiring. your story is helping me day by day to stay sober.

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No, WE are the Luckiest!

Thank YOU for writing this book and telling your story. Much of it resonated with me and I could feel your pain and joy in the parts that didn't. Beautifully read by the author which made it feel like she was personally telling me her story.

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Could not get through

It is hard to rate someone’s personal experience so her story is her story and I’m not rating that low. I just found the general narrating very slow and honestly boring. I could not get through the book due to this fact. Her story telling just didn’t draw me in.

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Loved this book!

Even if you’re a social drinker who doesn’t identify as an “alcoholic” or someone who doesn’t get blackout drunk, or drinks every day of the week, no matter what kind of drinker you are, you will for sure find this book is full of inspiration.

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NEW FAVOURITE

newly sober, had this recommended and it outdid my expectation. WOW. So raw and real. I needed to hear everything in this

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inspiring

I admit I had judged this audiobook after the first few minutes of listening, not by its cover but by the narrating author's young voice...what can she know about life, I thought. Glad I kept listening as I soon discovered I'd deeply misjudged. The author is both older than she sounds, and, far more importantly, is insightful, eloquent, and quite wise... in a word, inspiring! In the end, I enjoyed this book, and her narration, very much and learned a lot that I will carry with me forever. Thank you LM.

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Moved beyond words

Incredible journey only matched by the extraordinary vulnerability and courage it took to write. I am blown away. Thank you for bringing the dark, the shame, the secretive nature of addiction, the unanswered questions, the labels….. into the light. We can’t heal what we don’t know exists. We cannot heal in isolation. There is so much healing to be done.

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