Spiritual Direction or Sponsorship has been an integral part of every successful person' life. Mentors is another term used to describe what another person can contribute to the human and spiritual life of the person who asks for such help. It is NOT unique to people of the Catholic Faith. Coaches, mentors, confessors are all terms used and mean essentially the same thing, one person helping anoher..
This short book is based upon Mr. Villegas' book "Finding Sponsors for Sport and Entertainment." It is also based upon a course that he taught for an organization managing Indiana Parks and Recreation facilities. It is, in a sense, a condensation of information from the book geared toward organizations that would like to earn revenues on their facilities through corporate sponsorship.
The Sponsorship Guide has been created for sponsors in all 12 step programs. It has been designed as a "working tool" for a sponsor to utilize with their newcomers. It is laid out in a simple, concise, and thorough manner. Its main object is to help a sponsor build a "working relationship" with the newcomer by taking them through the twelve steps of recovery. It's author is a well known member of the recovery community who speaks at conventions, leads men's and women's spiritual retreats, takes rehabilitation clients and sober house clients through the 12 steps and is well respected amongst his peers. Robbie felt as though a "twelve step guide" such as this was dearly needed in the recovery community. So Robbie, while on the road in Hotel Rooms and on flights to and from his speaking engagements, created this remarkable and simple book to help others. Originally he had only planned to utilize it in his retreats, until a "Nun" at one of his retreats TOLD HIM to author a book. He knew he needed to listen to her! Robbie had noticed during his recovery that many members of twelve step fellowships utilized certain tools of recovery, such as: sponsorship, meetings and fellowship. However, many fell drastically short of participating in the actual intense and introspective taking of their twelve steps with an informed sponsor - who has been through the process. That is exactly why he created this book! Robbie realized over the last three decades of his personal recovery journey, the absolute need for the person in recovery to find a program of action - if they were to live a peaceful, contented, and successful life. Group therapy, while extremely helpful to many, does not, in his experience, hold enough depth and weight to sustain a bountiful and long term recovery for the sufferer. Nothing short of continuous action on the twelve steps; with the help of a sponsor, has the ability to sustain a newcomer's attention. Once we 'get their attention' by wal
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