Volume One, “The Wisdom of the Rooms,
A Year of Weekly Reflections,” first in the series. 

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A Year of Weekly Reflections

This is a wonderful resource for your recovery, and it offers you an inspiring and enjoyable way to get the most out of your spiritual journey. People say that reading these quotes is like attending a “mini meeting” any time during their day.

For example, are you struggling with the concept of a Higher Power? Read the quote, “A God small enough for me to understand wouldn’t be large enough for me to trust.” (Quote of the Week Thirty-Seven)

Know someone working on their Fourth Step? Share this quote with them: “When I did my Fourth Step it felt as if my life was being turned upside down — but it was really being turned right side up.” (Quote of the Week Forty-five)

Having trouble setting boundaries? Try this quote: “What other people think of me is none of my business.” (Quote of the Week Seventeen)

Need a topic for your next meeting? The 52 Quotes and 312 reflection questions in this Wisdom Book offer the perfect way to start and facilitate a group discussion at your next meeting!

Here’s what people are saying about Wisdom, Volume One: 

“What a gift! By chance, I came upon this website about a year ago. I subscribed to the weekly e-mail and I was SO impressed with the “way” Michael Z. says things that I wrote him to express my heartfelt thanks! Then when the book came out…well, that’s the icing on the cake! I bought one for myself and one for the treatment center where I work! Thank you again! PS Since I work with people frequently who are angry, I recently quoted him, “Remember, anger is just one letter away from DANGER” !!! You gotta love this book!”

— Ingrid S

“In all of the countless books and guides written for the recovering soul, Michael has condensed and refined the monumental key points that must be addressed by anyone venturing to take THE JOURNEY. ‘Wisdom of the Rooms’ is a great companion to the newly recovered, the old timers, and anyone who simply needs a simple guide to spiritual peace and understanding. Thank you, Michael Z!”

–Sumarie W

“An amazing book. For anyone who is in recovery or seeking recovery this book will aid your journey in so many ways. It covers almost any fear or feeling you may carry. We are not alone. You will discover this in your reading of these pages. It is even rewarding for those who want to understand a lost loved one. Read, embrace, hope, live, believe, pray and remember above all “one day at a time” All we have to do is one day at a time. Thanks Michael Z.”


“Thank you Michael for putting this book together and making these quotes available to us all. Believe it or not, everyone does not have a computer readily available. I’ve been reading his weekly e-mail quotes since he started and they are awesome. Written by people in recovery just like myself. I look forward to reading them every Monday morning. Now I can have them at my fingertips where ever I am. I can ponder over simple yet thought provoking questions on the opposite page of each weekly quote. This only proves there IS a great deal of wisdom in the rooms.

I highly recommend this book. I bought several and gave them out as gifts as well.”

–Sherry R

Volume Two, “The Wisdom of the Rooms,
A Year of Weekly Reflections,” second in the series.

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A wonderful addition to your
recovery library

Praise for “The Wisdom of the Rooms: A Year of Weekly Reflections,
Volume Two”

“When the monkey in my brain starts chattering, I often ask it, ‘On what authority are you telling me this?’  We’ll now I have an authority to counter with….. “The Wisdom of the Rooms.”  Thanks for your gift to us all Michael.

Gary Stromberg, author of The Harder They Fall: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery

“Wisdom of the Rooms, Volume Two is filled with wise and steadfast inspirational quotes that can only be found in the rooms of our 12 Step fellowships.  Michael’s ability to write his own personal experiences as it relates to each quote is uncanny.  The questions that follow are easy to comprehend and will challenge the reader to discover more of him or herself in a way that is detailed and yet simple.

Wisdom is unlike any book on recovery I have ever read.  It is a must for anyone that wishes to continue their recovery, including the family and friends of the recovering individual.”

Monty D. Meyer
Executive Producer KHLT Recovery Broadcasting

“Just love this book… Filled with gems, the gems that get me through another 24 hours of sobriety, and the words that drift into my consciousness when I am waiting for the answers to come…Thank God for the wisdom of the rooms …Where would we all be without them…”

Steve A.
Sober Vacations International

“Wisdom of the Rooms has meant so much to me.  With the hectic pace of my life, sometimes I find myself not able to make a meeting when I need one. My weekly wisdom quote helps remind me of my true purpose and keeps me centered at times when I need it most.  The book, also, is a great tool to help me along my spiritual path.  I can’t wait for volume two!”

Doug D.

“Michael Z’s beautiful book The Wisdom of The Rooms found it’s way into my life just recently.  With each turn of the page I found myself graced with such wisdom and love that my dwindling faith is definitely on the mend. There are quite a number of books about these days that offer insightful advice and instruction yet they don’t speak to your soul as The Wisdom of the Rooms does. ”

Mary E., artist, educator

“There are no words to describe how empowering and nurturing your daily messages are. Every message is exactly what I need to be reminded of on the day it arrives – and for that I feel truly blessed.  This journey is not always easy – and I tend to forget the “main idea” from time to time – however, the wisdom that comes to me daily feel as if it has been delivered on the wings of an angel! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the efforts you go through to make a difference.”

With gratitude and appreciation,

“Just wanted to let you know how much the weekly quotes have been useful to the people I work with.  I am an Addiction Therapist with the Veterans Affairs Health Administration.  There have many times that I have taken a quote into a therapy group to use as a topic generator, only to find that it hit right on the issues on the minds of the group members on that day.  The Veterans in our residential program often find they can relate to the QUOTE OF THE WEEK from THE WISDOM OF THE ROOMS.  I have suggested this to my fellow therapists as well.  Thank you for providing such an inspiring and useful tool for people in recovery.”

James T. Hall, M.S. NCC
Addiction Therapist

“We as Pastors go through so many things and it is comforting to read passages that give you peace in your spirit. My God Daughter emailed your quotes to me to read and I downloaded it for myself to start reading every Monday.  It’s a pleasure to be able to read something uplifting and that places a smile on my face.”

Thank you, Pastor GM Washington

Volume Three, “The Wisdom of the Rooms,
A Year of Weekly Reflections,” third in the series.

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This beautiful, third volume will enrich
your recovery for years to come.

Praise for “The Wisdom of the Rooms: A Year of Weekly Reflections, Volume Three”

In this third volume of The Wisdom of the Rooms, Michael Z continues to make an important contribution to the recovery literature.  This book is a wonderful tool for both the newcomer and the old timer

– Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., author of A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps

“Michael Z has once again captured some of the greatest bits of homegrown Wisdom and packaged them into his latest volume, ready to read, re-read and share with those you care about.”

-Joe Herzanek, Author of, Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery

“It’s like having the wisdom of the old timers in the palm of your hand”

– Jeff Jay, coauthor of Love First and At Wit’s End

“The saying, ‘Words are worth their weight in gold,’ comes to life in Michael Z’s latest Wisdom of the Rooms, Vol. Three.. This little book of wisdom is a wonderful companion as we walk, and sometimes fall off, our path of recovery, whether addicted to a chemical or love. An uplifting and deeply fulfilling book that I highly recommend.”

Brenda Schaeffer, Psychologist, Addiction Specialist and author of the bestselling book Is It Love or Is It Addiction?

“I read the Wisdom of the Rooms, every week. These books, Wisdom Volume One and Two, have helped me get closer to God and also connected me spirituality.  Reading these Wisdom books is like having a meeting here with me every week. I just love the way I feel after reading one of Michael’s books! Thank you for helping me wake up each morning with more positive outlook on life 🙂 ”

Jeri C.

Volume Four, “The Wisdom of the Rooms,
A Year of Weekly Reflections,” fourth in the series.

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This beautiful, Fourth Volume will
enrich your recovery for years to come!

Praise for “The Wisdom of the Rooms: A Year of Weekly Reflections, Volume Four”

“The Wisdom of the Rooms, Volume Four is a delightful book, which can be read many times over.  Michael Z introduces the reader to a bouquet of interesting quotes and sayings assembled from his wide range of exposure to the addiction recovery field.  Readers are encouraged to pick and choose his or her way through various quotes by using the reflection questions which help deepen their insight.  The Wisdom of the Rooms makes a great addition to the recovery library.”

Barbara Sinor, Ph.D., Author, Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery

“I regularly share these passages with my patients in our morning groups at Sierra Tucson, and they consistently relate to them and ask for copies. Thank you for your fine service, Michael Z.  Keep up the good work!”

Phillip S. Mitchell, M.A., MFT (CA), MAC, Primary Therapist, Lecturer, Sierra Tucson Treatment Center

“The Wisdom of the Rooms, Volume Four speaks to core, common issues that people with addiction struggle with, and explains them in understandable, humble and enlightening reflections. The honest insights (triggered by quotes and sayings often shared in recovery circles) are tinged with wisdom. Michael’s willingness to share openly about his regrettable behaviors, and how he continued to grow in spite of himself, will serve as a light raised in a dark passageway, letting others see themselves, and ultimately to forgive and love themselves. Highly recommended for those wishing to deepen their understanding and experience of recovery.”

Kelly Madigan Erlandson, LADC, Author, Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days 

“The weekly Wisdom of the Rooms has become a huge tool in my recovery.  The messages are simple and always hit home, and for whatever reason they are usually timely in regards to where I am in my recovery.  Again, thank you for sharing The Wisdom of the Rooms.  Here is something I heard in my early recovery that helped me learn to share:  “A sorrow shared is half a sorrow, and a joy shared is doubled.” God bless.”

Ken L, Grateful Recovery Compulsive Gambler

“I always look forward to Mondays because I know that I will receive a new quote from The Wisdom of the Rooms. Over the years, these Wisdom quotes have given me insight into my faulty thinking patterns, courage to face my fears, and tools to adopt a healthier, addiction-free life. I am so thankful to Michael Z for reaching out to others and giving them a helping hand to pull them out of their pain.”

Nancy H.