This book is a gift to anyone on the spiritual path toward wholeness.
The Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway’s The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality combines the tried-and-true methods of the 12-Steps with dynamic spiritual practices that allow people to more deeply integrate the Steps into their own personal spirituality. Among longtime members of recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (such as the author), newcomers to the 12 Steps, and even among the throngs of curious onlookers wanting to know just exactly how this method miraculously transforms broken lives into productive, joyous, deeply spiritual lives, The Gateways is creating a different kind of buzz.
Rev. Galloway sets the stage by telling the story of the 12 Steps with all of the drama and detail of her significant acting career. Whether you know the adventures of Bill and Lois by heart or you’ve never heard of the founders of AA and Al-Anon, the first part of The Gateways reflects some of the best recovery writing I’ve seen. Galloway remains true to the letter of AA’s founding tenets as well as its original literature—much of which reads like a 1950s newsreel and is at risk of becoming outdated—in this timely, revolutionary book. But Jane Galloway’s The Gateways is much more than an update.
It presents the 12 Steps squarely in the context of 21st-century spirituality with skill and sensitivity that will carry the message into the next millennium. The Gateways invites devotees of every faith, as well people who identify as agnostic, atheist, and spiritual but not religious (SBNR), to share this journey into wholeness. And, somehow, Jane Galloway manages to map this vast topography with equal breadth and depth in a concise, direct narrative.
With honesty, candor, and a touch of wry humor, Jane Galloway begins the conversation on 12-Step spirituality by telling us her own story. She has nothing to hide—which I find one of the most refreshing characteristics of 12-Step philosophy. One of my favorite parts of the book is where the author transitions from her personal background to the bigger historical picture in a chapter entitled “A Country Spirals into Addiction.” The 20th century was indeed a breeding ground for widespread addiction, but it was also a time of great breakthrough in preparation for the spiritual and religious awakening that is upon us in the 21st century.
Dr. Galloway devotes three especially salient chapters to the ways 12-Step spirituality dovetails with New Thought spirituality, eastern Wisdom teachings, and the Christian movement known as the Jesus Path. Here’s where Galloway’s Doctor of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology sheds light on the full spiritual spectrum without becoming bogged down in any of the doctrinal dogma associated with religion. She’s well equipped with the necessary knowledge and wisdom—distinctly crucial attributes—to guide us on the inter-spiritual path of which the 12-Steps are a valuable part.
All of this builds up to the truly groundbreaking second part of the book, where the author introduces twelve “Gateway Essences”—a veritable smorgasbord of spiritual practices including a Chakra, a Chinese Meridian, color, sound, gemstone, and musical note that reflects the deeper essence of each of the 12 Steps. Galloway cleverly provides a metaphorical container for these practices, modeled on the Japanese bento box, whereby people can pick and choose which practices they’d like to incorporate, just as a typical bento box may hold rice, fish or meat, vegetables, etc. In today’s global spiritual marketplace with its overwhelming selection of spiritual teachings, it’s nice to visualize this tidy little personalized “to go” box of spiritual practices. Finding the spiritual practices that feed your soul can make the difference between lifelong sobriety and serenity, and the repeated relapse scenarios we see and experience all too often. The tangible rituals and practices of The Gateways unlock the power of each of the 12 Steps to make recovery a truly sacred experience.
But perhaps the greatest contribution of “The Gateways” is its emphasis on strength-based recovery. Too many recovery programs fixate on the sickness of addiction and, as a result, trap people in a pathology-centered mindset. Jane Galloway suggests “Rather than obsessing about what is ‘wrong’ with a person, learning what is ‘right’ with them may hold the key to understanding.” Recognizing the importance of addressing the root causes of addiction, she posits that “Drawing forth the inherent strengths in a person opens a world of self-realization.”
Herein lies the genius of The Gateways: Jane Galloway’s multivalent spiritual approach empowers people to not only live soberly but to live spiritually. The Gateways doesn’t replace basic Step work, but takes each of the 12 Steps to the next level and, in so doing, helps us live in greater alignment with our Higher Power, our life’s purpose, and the joy of living. Jane Galloway’s The Gateways is a priceless gift not only to the recovery community but to every spiritual pilgrim on the path toward wholeness.
Kate Sheehan Roach
Managing Editor, Patheos Spirituality
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Long Beach Author Aims To Empower Through Book
Former Broadway actress, pastor and counselor, Dr. Jane Galloway, is now able to add the job title of "author" to her repertoire.
Galloway's first book, The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality, is available on Amazon and is a product of her drive to help people overcome their obstacles by using a 12-step program that she developed through years of study and ministry.
“It’s not a religious book," Galloway said. "Its about how you can practice something at a spiritual level that works."
As a trained addiction counselor, Galloway is familiar with the side effects of addiction and the struggles individuals experience that impact their everyday lives. As a professional with Masters and Doctoral degrees in religion and ministry, she added that she is also familiar with the positive impact of empowering an individual's spiritual self.
"I see addiction as a great resiliency," she said. "Most people I know who become addicted are really trying to reduce pain in order to be a part of life.”
Through her book, Galloway said that she hopes readers will be able to explore their own spirituality, whatever that may be.
“The book is an inter-spiritual, holistic bento box of tools,” she said. “It gives you a way to look at your own strengths instead of focusing on what you think are defects."
Galloway said that she has dedicated much of her profession to helping others, and her book is only an extension of that.
She added that recent work includes speaking to students at schools in Long Beach about addiction and self empowerment.
During a recent visit to a North Long Beach middle school, Galloway asked a group of girls to write down a list of "assets and liabilities" about themselves. She said that it was easy for the girls to write about their liabilities — some including mentions of lying or being a bad friend — but it was difficult for them to write about their own positive qualities.
"They would tell me to ask their friends (about their assets)," Galloway said. "They didn't feel comfortable talking about their strengths."
With encouragement from Galloway, the students were able to turn the workshop into a positive experience, adding that each person has something good about themselves to offer.
"We focused on each girl's strength," she said. "That's what the book is for — to help you find your strength to recover and grow."
Galloway is also the founder of T.R.I.B.E. (Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression), a workshop for artists of different backgrounds to meet and discuss different themes surrounding art and life.
The group is based in New York, but she is in the process of organizing a T.R.I.B.E group in Long Beach.
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Former Broadway and Hollywood Actor Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway Publishes Groundbreaking Book for Strength Based Recovery
Delray Beach, Florida, September 27 , 2016- // - Sacred Stories Publishing is proud to introduce Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway’s powerful best - selling book The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12 - Step Spirituality. In her groundbreaking book, Dr. Galloway has brilliantly fused the modern miracles of 12-Step Spirituality and the larger inter-spiritual revelations of our generation. The Gateways offers psycho-spiritual tools for empowered recovery to all who seek not only sobriety but the spiritual awakening that makes sober living enlightened living.
The Gateways are a system of working the 12-Steps at a deeper level. Each Gateway is a kind of portal into a deeper exploration of the spiritual principle of each of the 12-Steps and represents a lived spiritual practice. A perfect blend of motivation, inspiration, information, history, and humor, coupled with applicable inter-spiritual tools and healing wisdom from ancient and contemporary traditions, this book will change the course of many lives. Dr. Galloway is a strong advocate and a powerful female voice for a wellness and strength based approach to recovery. Dr. Galloway is available to speak on The Gateways in keynote talks, book signings, to lead workshops on The Gateways Essential Practices, on Strength Based Recovery and to meet with recovery professionals, therapists and groups to discuss the Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality .
“Bill W., Lois, and Dr. Bob are cheering from the bleachers as Jane Galloway brings the much - beloved 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous into the light of the 21st century. Touching upon all the world's religious traditions, as well as depth psychology and New Thought philosophies, The Gateways serves as a guide to anyone on a spiritual journey who wants to deepen their faith and experience what it means to be made whole. ” Kate Sheehan Roach, Managing Editor, Patheos Spirituality"
“As we enter a New Era of consciousness and awakening, people in recovery will welcome this refreshing and highly energizing book for its far - reaching embrace of multiple paths. The Gateways into Perennial Truths shared by all wisdom traditions, resulting in a comprehensive approach to Spiritual Recovery. The Big Book has needed an infusion of deep and fresh spiritual energy and insight for a long while- and here it is! ” Jack Cuffari, Inter spiritual Minister. ”
The Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway, who has over thirty years’ experience with the 12 - Steps and extensive experience serving as a minster, community leader, and advocate of the arts — all in addition to her accomplished career as a stage and screen actor, has now become the leader of a 12 - Step spiritual revolution. She has earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Religion and Ministry, respectively, from Claremont School of Theology; she has been ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and has also served i n United Church of Christ, American Baptist, and New Thought congregations; and she is a certified alcohol and drug educator, drama therapist, and founder of an award - winning non - profit arts program for elementary age children (h’ARTworks) and arts communities devoted to education and sacred activism in New York City and Los Angeles (T.R.I.B.E.).
For interview opportunities with Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway or for more information about “The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality”, visit http://www.sacredstoriespublishing.com , call 561 - 989 - 4995 , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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