With wit and humor, this delightful work covers the serious matter
of recovery from alcoholism. In the same way that C.S.Lewis's The Screwtape
Letters taught spiritual principles, Glumlot presents a practical application
of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
"Now here's something different. So much recovery literature is
trite and even corny. The Glumlot Letters is well thought
out, well worded and well worth reading." - Dr. Paul O.
In letters to a fellow devil, Glumlot writes about his attempts
in tempting a human away from A.A., sobriety, and recovery. He discusses
meetings, sponsorship, the Big Book and the Steps in great detail, and warns
that these can lead a human to "...an intractable infection of serenity by
the Enemy [God]."
The Glumlot Letters .
[from Letter #4]
I received your urgent letter. So your patient has been invited
to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and what should you do? For Hell's sake,
don't panic. Use the skills you have learned and make the most of each situation
to wrench the patient away from the truth, light, and freedom, and move him
closer to the banquet table for Our Father Below.
I have attended many of these A.A. meetings-more than I would
care to admit-and the key to success is being quick and precise in using
the basic techniques of distraction, befuddlement and fear.
Before I go into detail, I am obligated to warn you of the potential
danger of accompanying your fellow to a meeting. It is possible that one
or more of the humans in attendance are in very close contact with the Enemy.
They will be surrounded by that impenetrable light upon which we must not
even glance. But do not be discouraged. Many meetings are conducted without
these folks present.
If your fellow is asked to read something from the standard liturgy,
you should hope it is the one with all the unpronounceable "anonymities"
in it. Most newcomers fumble this word without our help, and you can convert
excitement into embarrassment, and pride into humiliation.
[from Letter #9]
Oh, by the way, if your patient does spend any time reading from
the book concerning the Second Step, be sure to read over his shoulder and
catch the part about the "bedevilments." I was so surprised when I first
saw it. It is clearly a reverent tribute to our work. It recognizes nearly
the whole range of our area of expertise, and clearly portrays the extent
of our effect on humans when in the hands of a master tempter.
[from Letter #11]
If he wants to dabble with an inventory, try the following format:
tell him he is not oversensitive, it is just self-directed empathy; he is
not childish, he has a youthful mind; he is not greedy, just motivated to
be self-sufficient; his manner isn't pompous and grandiose, he is self-confident;
he is not inconsiderate, he is free from the obsession about what others think;
he is not conceited, he has learned to love himself; he is not lustful, he
just has an abundance of natural desires.
[from Letter #17]
Some humans, especially non-drinkers, give us all the credit
for getting our patients drunk. It is not like that at all. We suggest the
first drink, but only the disease can hold the door open long enough for
the idea to get in. No human in his right mind, who had an allergy such as
this would ever drink again, but the illness somehow erases the memory or
circumvents normal logic. We can knock on the door. It is the alcoholic who
must answer. He must come alone if he is going to drink and once again set
the cycle in motion. In some cases, the Enemy is at the gate with him. So
you try again some other time. We can "Keep coming back," too!
Copyright © 1997 by Stanley M.
Published by Capizon Publishing
of The Glumlot Letters
Here is the full text of the book review which appears in the January
1998 issues of The Steps for Recovery and The Phoenix , two
periodicals that specialize in recovery-related topics. (See links page for
more info about them).
The Glumlot Letters: A Devil's Discourse on Sobriety,
Recovery and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
by Stanley M. (South Bay Books, $12)
In a wickedly delicious parody of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters,
Stanley M. turns his sights on the Twelve Steps and the recovery process.
The Glumlot Letters are correspondence between two devils, Twigmold and Glumlot,
and the subject is tempting a human away from AA, sobriety and recovery.
Twigmold's "patient" has begun drinking to excess and he's delighted.
Glumlot warns him, however, not to take heart too soon, to examine the
quality of the blackouts. If the blackout "blocks the light of the Enemy,"
and suspends rational judgment, it is a triumph for the Lowerarchy and an
excellent opportunity for Twigmold to make his appearance and make his patient
feel "abandoned and utterly hopeless."
The patient, however, turns to AA and is poised on the threshold
of Step Four, to Twigmold's dismay. Don't worry, says Glumlot. Convince him
that he can do it by himself and that it has to be an exactly perfect "scorching
and clueless" inventory.
Whatever the author aims at, he hits a bullseye, and he doesn't
miss a misunderstanding about the Steps or a place where we can trip over
human egoisms and fall on our recovering faces. If we've had a stumbling
recovery, probably this book will show us where our problems lie.
The book review is by writer and columnist,
Audrey DeLaMarte. She recently received her second Polly Bond Award for excellence
in book reviewing.
What are people saying about The Glumlot
What do people in the treatment profession say?
"I think every AA sponsor ought to read it... everybody
in treatment settings or professional staff ought to read it. It's a great
piece of work." -Gerry McD.
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What do the leading authorities on recovery say?
"Now here's something different. The Glumlot Letters
is well thought out, well worded and well worth reading." - Dr.
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What do book reviewers say?
"[A] triumph of satire Whatever the author aims
at, he hits a bullseye. If we've had a stumbling recovery, probably this
book will show us where our problems lie. It's a delight..."
- Audrey DeLaMartre .
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