Stop Being Mean to Yourself: A Story about Finding the True Meaning of Self-Love

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Stop Being Mean to Yourself takes us to Northern Africa on a modern-day odyssey: one as full of suspense and excitement as it is of hope and encouragement. In each place, and in each chapter, Beattie is our compassionare guide, discovering and sharing the universal lessons that the people and places revealed to her. In teeming Casablanca, in war-torn Algeria, in the deep caverns of Egypt's great pyramids, Beattie uncovers simple yet vital lessons for living in today's world: lessons about letting go of fear and ...
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Overview

Stop Being Mean to Yourself takes us to Northern Africa on a modern-day odyssey: one as full of suspense and excitement as it is of hope and encouragement. In each place, and in each chapter, Beattie is our compassionare guide, discovering and sharing the universal lessons that the people and places revealed to her. In teeming Casablanca, in war-torn Algeria, in the deep caverns of Egypt's great pyramids, Beattie uncovers simple yet vital lessons for living in today's world: lessons about letting go of fear and trusting our own instincts, about setting boundaries and working with our own special power. A blend of travel adventure and guide to spiritual discovery, full of new ideas for overcoming the pitfalls of guilt and self-doubt, her story beautifully illustrates how you really can love your neighbor and yourself.
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Deepak Chopra
In this wonderfully practical book, Melody Beattie gives you the tools to discover the magnificence and splendor of your being.
-- Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Deepak Chopra, M.D.

In this wonderfully practical book, Melody Beattie gives you the tools to discover the magnificence and splendor of your being.
-- Deepak Chopra, M.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737245080
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229

Meet the Author

Melody Beattie is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, The Language of Letting Go, A Codependent's Guide to the Twelve Steps, and Journey to the Heart. Beattie's writing draws on the wisdom of Twelve Step healing, Christianity, and Eastern religions.

Beattie was a struggling single parent of two children, freelance author, and journalist cranking out stories for a small-town daily newspaper in 1986 when she came up with a book idea. She wanted to write a book about what happens to people when they love someone who is addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

"There were many books out there about how to help an addict or alcoholic. Nobody was talking about how an addict impacts the lives of the people around him or her, and how crazy you can become when you love someone who is addicted," Beattie said.

"Even though I was sober, I didn't know how crazy I could get until it happened to me."

Twenty publishers turned down Beattie's book proposal. "It's a good idea, but we don't think there's that many codependents out there," they wrote back. Hazelden, however, a treatment center and recovery publisher based in Minnesota, saw a need for the book. The publisher understood how families of alcoholics suffer and believed Beattie's book idea would help people.

Beattie marched to the welfare department, asked for enough financial help to make it through the three months it would take her to write the book, then locked herself in a basement office and cranked out Codependent No More. She has long since paid back the welfare department and went on to write many more books. Codependent No More has sold more than 3.5 million copies. Beattie has appeared in the pages of Newsweek and People and has been a regular guest on Geraldo and Oprah.

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