We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

Coming January 7, 2020

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Raw, deep and hopeful.
— Foreward
Laura speaks to that place within us where what breaks our heart becomes our highest learning and our most invaluable frequency.
— Elena Brower, Bestselling author of Practice You
Wise and piercingly astute, Laura McKowen’s voice opens a window into the heart. A profound storyteller, McKowen offers a fresh lens on the world of recovery, of modern culture, and so much more.
— Ann Dowsett Johnston, Bestselling Author of Drink
We Are The Luckiest is ultimately about the wild and holy effort of trying to face this great big unsayable love inside us without numbing ourselves from its blazing truth or distancing ourselves from the fact that it’s here with us, from within us, whether we ever believe we’re worthy of it or not. Laura McKowen’s words are drenched with proof of the existence of this unsayable love, and with hope that it’s never too late for any of us to begin to say yes to a life that’s courageously present to it.”
— Meggan Watterson, WSJ Bestselling author of Mary Magdalene Revealed

Book Description

What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her “to her knees.” As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something — anything — else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.

But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized, with more than a bit of amazement, that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.” She posted these sentiments to Instagram with the hashtag #wearetheluckiest and the concept took off. In her sellout workshop series she met a woman with the words tattooed on her arm, WATL t-shirts and mugs were created, and the phrase became a shorthand way of coming out as sober.

A hope-inducing dose of narrative medicine for those who fear that life ends after drinking does. Like a long, honest conversation with a very good friend, McKowen’s story is a gift to anyone starting out on that scary, lucky path.
— Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me

Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of recovery, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating guilt.

McKowen flips the script on how we talk about sobriety and shows readers that the question we should be asking in our lives is not, “Is this bad enough that I have to change?” but rather, “Is this good enough to stay the same?”


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Praise for the writing of Laura McKowen

“Full of truth and grace and love.”
— Glennon Doyle, New York Times bestselling author of Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior

“As a teacher, Laura possesses a rare ability to articulate wisdom in a way that is both practical and divine. Her voice continues to deepen my appreciation and understanding of recovery.”
— Elena Brower, world-renowned yoga teacher and author of Practice You: A Journal

“Wise and piercingly astute, Laura McKowen’s voice opens a window into the heart. A profound storyteller, McKowen offers a fresh lens on the world of recovery, of modern culture, and so much more.”
— Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol