• Sober Truths

  • The Making of an Honest Woman
  • By: Jill Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Old-timers in 12-step programs say that if you want to stay sober, you only have to change one thing: your whole life. Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman recounts how one woman did just that.

Jill Kelly's personal stories describe the journey as two decades of drinking and despair gave way to a richly rewarding sober life. Her demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others - they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life. At the same time, she faces the challenges of emotional eating and her sober ambivalence about sexual relationships.

This audiobook offers hope to those who cannot imagine a life without alcohol by someone who has recreated hers.

©2007, 2013 3 Cats Publishing, 2007, 2013 by Jill Kelly, Phd (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A beautiful story about recovery

What did you love best about Sober Truths?

Jill tells her full story but what really stood out is the ending. It is so richly layered, sharing, her spiritual practice, art, teachings and her own insecurities. You can read it multiple times and always find a gem to apply to your own journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sober Truths?

Her artist retreat. We all have misconceptions of who we think we should be or how we should fit in. Sometimes we are already there in our own way. We just have to make some adjustments.

Which character – as performed by Jill Kelly – was your favorite?

Of course, Jill

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story really touched me.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to anyone touched by alcoholism in their life, especially those who are looking down their road to recovery.

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Soulful spiritual and creative journey

I found this book an authentic and interesting journey into this woman's mind and soul.
It is beautifully written and poetically descriptive.
I loved how she made me feel the energy of the different eras through which she lived.
The author did a great job at narrating.
You can sense her undertone of emotion and strength.
I would definitely recommend it to my creative friends.

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This is a graphic autobiography

I thought the author's use of words and language were excellent. I think she is a beautiful writer insofar as her use of words and construct of language are concerned. As for the content, it was not a very enjoyable read (listen). The story left me feeling bereft... sad for the author in many ways, yet also happy that she seems to have found a level of peace in her latter years. One very notable observation is that she seems to place a great deal of responsibility for her poor choices on her mother. Having never been a mother herself, I believe she is not capable of fully understanding her own mother. While placing a high degree of blame on her mother, she still managed to paint a picture of her mother that led me to believe her mother was actually a good person, a dedicated mother, and that she did the best she knew. I appreciate the author's willingness to be vulnerable, and do not want to cast any shame. I really hope she used fictitious names for the men she describes in such detail! I do not think there was one man in the book who was placed in a favorable light. All were narcissistic, calloused and utterly deprived of character. Overall, the book left me feeling hollow.

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A beautifully written and narrated story

I truly enjoyed this book. Her narration of the story made it so enjoyable to listen. This is a wonderful book, beautifully written. I highly recommend this one!

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Heartfelt and honest

As a woman who has struggled with alcoholism most of my adult life, and recently diagnosed with ADHD at age 50, I could truly connect with her story and the pain and loneliness that comes from never quite fitting in, never quite feeling like I'm enough. Her emotionally unavailable, alcoholic mother and absent father hit home for me as well and I knew exactly the trauma that had caused her and why it steered her into the arms of the men in her life. Her voice had a soothing, calming effect on me and helped me decompress during times of stress. It's always reaffirming for me to hear other women's stories and know that I'm not alone in my sturggles, that I can push through them and give to myself the patience, acceptance and love I did not receive as a child. Jill's story was exactly what I needed right now.

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Wonderful listen

The honesty and transparency of this book spoke to me. Jill's voice and the way she told her story was beautiful. As a woman beginning her own sober journey, Sober Truths made me feel not so alone.

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Tracing addiction to sobriety

Slow read but heartfelt journey from sobriety to addiction to sobriety.
Truly a success story!

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Gratitude for the journey!

Thank you for your open, honest, raw and humbled reflection of your process to encourage growth and wellness! Your genuineness gives way for others to be courageous to speak their truth!
Namaste' fellow traveler

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I’m so sorry for the Author

All those situation in this book make me feel deeply sorry for the Authors life. How I wished for her wishes to come into fruition at some point or for her to turn to religion as a solution. Anger arises in me for the abysmal way each man treated her and I am truly sorry for that those who didn’t not regret their actions those men are not men remember that they were never it from the beginning. I’m so sorry and I pray for consolation in the authors remaining life.

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Huh? I’m left scratching my head…

Interesting and strange story, but I’m not quite sure it’s about sobriety. I guess it could be said it’s about the author’s journey to sobriety.

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  • 04-22-22

Honest and open account

I struggled a bit with the simplicity of the writing style and narration. I did this, I did that, short sentences. But overall, it was a very honest account of alcoholism and recovery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

Great book. Narration to be desired.

Great story covering lots of aspects. My only negative was the narration (sorry Jill) just very monotone so I kept zoning out. Will listen again to get the whole story. But very inspirational and a great take on AA which I had been skeptical about. Great work Jill and thank you for writing your book.

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  • 12-19-21

Stunning

What an incredibly honest and moving story of life. Thank you Jill. This book impacted me deeply.

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  • 11-22-21

Fantastic book

This book is so honest and touching, I absolutely loved it, I highly recommend