Keep It Simple and Sane: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Thinking

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Inspired by the 12-step saying, “Life is simple, it's people who are complicated,” Barb Rogers points out in Keep It Simple and Sane that it s pretty easy to tell ourselves lie upon lie as we explain away bad behavior associated with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work...whatever, in an attempt to feel better about our complicated lies. And of course, we can't do anything to simplify our lives because we're too busy keeping up with our complicated lives, so we drink, smoke, or shoot, to seek release in inappropriate ways to relieve the complications. But we never do.

Through the telling of her own story and those of fellow travelers, Rogers encourages readers to wait, stop, and hold the phone! Start with Mentally Simple (the opposite of Stinking Thinking) and just do it. Start small. “Grab a mental flashlight” and follow her lead to discover what you were thinking and how you might think differently.

Offering 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life, this book is for people on the simple path to wellness, for people who simply want to take charge to change the things they can change, accept the things they cannot change, and learn to know the difference without an operatic, addictive song and dance.

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Barb Rogers is a professional costume designer, the founder of Broadway Bazaar Costumes, and author of two books on costuming. In the '90s she moved to Arizona to focus on her writing. She is the author of Twenty-Five Words: How the Serenity Prayer Can Save Your Life and Clutter Junkie No More.

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"Rogers (Clutter Junkie No Moe) walks readers through the steps of ridding oneself of the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical clutter that often leads to bad behaviors.  Her recommendations include being oneself in all situations and tackling problems in small pieces.  Her strength is in providing thought-provoking questions that will help readers examine choices they've made in the past and decide how to make better decisions in the future." --Library Journal, January 2009

"Extremely helpful for anyone who is trying to find a way to deal with 'stinking thinking' and establish a healthier balance in life. Keep It Simple and Sane definitely deserves a spot your bookshelf." --Allen Berger, Ph.D., psychologist and author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery
"Barb Rogers does it again with a simple, heartfelt, refreshingly honest look at how to keep life simple and therefore meaningful. A book that will benefit everyone who reads it." --Elizabeth Engstrom, author of The Northwoods Chronicles

"Barb Rogers has a compelling story and an even more compelling way of telling it in Keep It Simple and Sane. Majestically, she weaves her tragic story of addiction and miraculous recovery within the tapestry of thoughtful and sensible suggestions for discovering and maintaining a lifetime of peace. She is a wonderful example of what the promises tell us await us." --Karen Casey, Ph.D., author of Codependence and the Power of Detachment

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