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. Codependent No More has now sold 3.5 million copies. Beattie has since written nine more books, five for major publishing houses on the east and west coasts. She relocated from Minnesota to California, and she has long-since paid back the welfare department. Beattie has appeared in the pages of Newsweek and People and has been a regular guest on Geraldo and Oprah. Playing It By Heart is Beattie's first original book for Hazelden since 1990; the book is a return to her recovery roots that first brought her national recognition.
The Language of Letting Go: A Meditation Book and Journal for Daily Reflectionsby Melody Beattie
Fear, shame, anger, self-doubt. Helping people "let go" of self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors has been the life work of acclaimed author Melody Beattie. For more than a decade, millions of readers have turned to Beattie's classic meditation book, The Language of Letting Go, as a wellspring for daily reflection, affirmation, and change. Now/i>… See more details below
Fear, shame, anger, self-doubt. Helping people "let go" of self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors has been the life work of acclaimed author Melody Beattie. For more than a decade, millions of readers have turned to Beattie's classic meditation book, The Language of Letting Go, as a wellspring for daily reflection, affirmation, and change. Now the journal edition, using abridged text from the original best-seller, allows readers to record their thoughts, fears, and accomplishments.
Key features and benefits:
- Beattie's work is known and trusted among self-help readers.
- Journal format invites readers to personalize meditations.
- Meditation themes explore common relationship issues.
- A thoughtful gift for friends or a great gift for yourself
- Hazelden Publishing
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- 7.13(w) x 8.63(h) x 1.13(d)
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I first purchased this book for myself about 10 years ago. I recently purchased it again for a friend. I initially read this book each day for two years straight and journaled in it. It is based on the 12 step program, but it is not just for people recovering from addictions. It is for anyone who is struggling with codependent issues and family of origin issues. It has helped, and still helps, me through really difficult days, months, and years. This is truly a self-help book (if you live out what you read) and it's much less expensive than paying a therapist. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to heal and recover from their past and chnage the way they are living, loving and relating to others and to themselves.
Regardless of what you are in 'recovery' for - shopping, reading, porn, alcohol or drugs, eating, co-dependence or just not loving yourself enough. . . the meditations are meaningful.
I purchased this book (not with the journal included) many years ago and it continues to be a source of strength, hope and inspiration in my recovery process. I recently purchased it to give to a family member who is dealing with an alcoholic father.