When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story DVD

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This Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie is based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Stars Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper.
  • DVD featuring Hallmark Channel movie "When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story."
  • Starring Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper, John Bourgeois.
  • Approx. running time 92 minutes.
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    When Love is Not Enough Al-Anon is

    What a powerful movie! I'm learning that we receive what we need when we need it most. Anyone who has an alcoholic in their life needs to see this movie. It's clearly a HALLMARK Classic. I particularly enjoyed the way the story unfolded through Lois' point of view. I think it gives a keen perspective on the bold reality that loving another is usually not enough in trying times to fix the problem. People must fix themselves not others. I loved that the movie pointed out the parallel between the alcoholic's faulty thinking and the flawed thinking patterns that develop in those that care and love the alcoholic while trying to fix them. The movie is a reminder of the power of AA and Al-Anon via HOPE, FAITH and PERSEVERANCE. I cried many times while watching. Despite knowing the storyline I couldn't look away for fear I'd miss something. It was an unexpected healing moment for me. It triggered my mind to think of "It's a Wonderful Life." How appropriate was that. I like that the movie has Lois and Bill headed toward Bedford Hills together in the end. I liked that despite their trials and misfortunes, they accepted their own shortcomings and those of each other. I like how the fellowship was portrayed as the means to happily ever after. I liked the imagery of how despite losing their home (detachment) and not being able to have children, Lois and Bill birthed a fellowship filled with love one day at a time and hope just for today. The movie also shows how adventurous life can be when you take the focus off of you and stay in the presence of God and in the gift of the moment. I also like that the movie was not filled with fluff. It visually hits on the Twelve Steps for those who are in the know. And the movie's ending even shows how you must leave the alcoholic behind and let them follow you when they're ready. I was glad to see the happy ending and not the sad reality that some of us fear, which is our loved ones won't find their way back to us or the stairway to Heaven.

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