A very dear friend of mine bought your A Revolution in Kindness book and brought it round to share with me some of the stories. A few hours later I was at an AA meeting (I joined this life-saving fellowship back in November 2002).
One of the alcoholics there has been coming to meetings for about 17 years but cannot stop drinking. He gets on many people's nerves and is banned from lots of meetings because he is always drunk and often disruptive.
This particular day after reading several stories in your book I listened to him share about his desperation and struggle with alcoholism, my heart went out to this man and I cried and cried at his pain.
My father died 10 years ago as an alcoholic, and listening to this man's touching story freed years of sadness and repressed tears for my father's sad life as well as his premature death (he was only 50).
I felt so humble being one of the lucky ones in AA who has had the compulsion to drink removed from me, and thanked this man from the bottom of my heart for being there to show with his honesty the life-threatening nature of this illness.
After I shared, he came over to me hugged me and we both cried together, then he made me a cup of tea. It was an amazing experience made possible by reading your book. Thank you so much.