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How to change destructive thinking patterns: BOOK REVIEW

Chopping Wood & Carrying Water: One Day at a Time

Are you tired of the same thinking patterns? Does your own negativity drag you down? Are you ready for some hard work?

If you’ve answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, I would suggest that you pick up Paul J. Wolanin’s book “Chopping Wood & Carrying Water: One Day at a Time“. Based on his experience in addiction recovery and in his practice as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Paul helps us walk the talk into an inner life full of positivity and satisfaction.

Here are a few reasons why I think you’ll love this book.

1. There are writing exercises outlined throughout.

If you are in search of a true path to change, this book challenges you to roll up your sleeves and get into your thinking patterns. Exercises are presented frequently, which require deep investigation into your inner life. These writing exercises are pertinent to change, and offer you a chance to truly take control of destructive thinking patterns.

2. It’s not just for addiction recovery.

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Anyone can benefit from this daily devotional! Anyone who is committed to inner change, that is. If we are to evolve as individuals, resilience is key. Anyone committed to inner change (REAL change) can benefit from Chopping Wood & Carrying Water.

3. This book is wise.

Take years of experience and distill it into a 30 day devotional. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a book like this. Jump in. Spend the $10 and take some few moments every day to consider your life differently.

In sum, I’ll be keeping this book on my shelf to pull down when I’m ready again for another 30 day challenge. While reading this book does take time and commitment, the insights and self-help process are worth it. Please let us know what you think about “Chopping Wood & Carrying Water”. We’d love to hear from you!

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One Response to “How to change destructive thinking patterns: BOOK REVIEW
Anne L. Maury
4:08 am January 7th, 2015

today is Tueday January 6th 2015. I received this book this morning by mail and I immediately sat down to read the entire thing in about 2 hours. I pondered all the detail and the exercises in the book and saw that I needed to change a few things about myself. Not just a few. You see, my daughter was in the treatment center and had received this book to read and her councelor was the author. This intriguied me very much and I wanted to read it too. She will be coming home tomorrow from her treatment and I want to be able to understand and feel the weight that she carries with her daily. One day at a tiime.. I love my daughter very much and was in fear for her life and thought I would get a call that she was in the hospital not doing well. I have been there with her many times. My prayer and thought are always for her best interest and love her so very much. Needless to say, after reading this book I opened up my curtains, turned off my tv and sat and thought about it for a long time and then the tears flowed like a river. you see I was going on the ame path of drinking and staying home and feeling sorry for myself. I had issues I needed to work through and this book was truly lifesaving for me in many ways. I have been listening to tapes and trying to find a way to stay positive. I never did the exercises until this evening when I decided to get out pen and paper. You never know when God will just say the right thing or something come into your life to change you for the better. I am so happy I read this book. I am so happy that I will take it one day at a time with God’ love and be able to enjoy the rest of my days loving my family. Negative breed negative, and positive love and peace breads poitive love and peace.
I want to thank the author of this book for his words and what he has gone thru too. I loved after each chapter All you must do is begin. So I say, I am beginning anew… God bless you Mr. Paul Wolanin from a mother who loves her daughter and for helping me to see the wrong way of thinking and doing that I have been to myself.
I will be forever grateful for your book, for the steps that brought my daughter Teresa home to us and for the love and unconditional surrender to God.

Let us always see the good in others, and love what we do in life and make someone’s day by a smile or a hug. We all can change for the better. God Bless You…..

Anne L. Maury

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