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“Old stories are universal and want to be told.  To bring those stories out into the world as a vehicle for navigating sobriety and recovery is a glorious thing.

When I was hired to be an addictions counselor for the therapeutic community at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, Susan Gordon encouraged me to tell the men stories.

I thought she was crazy, but I trusted her judgment and told them stories. The impact those stories had on those men changed my life."


In this book Beth takes 12 folktales and applies them to the 12 steps. Also available is the CD set which acts as a companion to the book. Unlike the CD the book contains more than just the stories, it is filled with well written wisdom.

The reviews speak for themselves.  This is a brilliant new tool within the world of counseling and addiction recovery.


“Not only do I feel refreshed and inspired, but now I have a great tool to use with my clients.”  
---OETAS workshop participant

“Stories by Beth come with depth, wit, and humor. At the end of the tales, I felt time had been spent with a family member and the tellings were about absent friends.”  
---Ming Diaz, Southern MD Celtic Festival

“Each performance is uniquely satisfying, food for both my head and my heart!”            
---Karen Goyer, LCADC, President, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

“This has been more beneficial than 15 years of therapy!”
“Great opportunity. Helped open closed doors in a good way. Very beneficial.”
---Reaching through the Cracks Participants



  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc; 1 edition (October 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624911056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624911057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  

Distilling Hope

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