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Melody talks about her book, Making Miracles in Forty Days on WEBE Radio. In this interview, she guides listeners step by step in harnessing the power that we forgot we had to find out where we want to go in life, and how to get there. How to remain grateful and where our unchecked codependency traits can still show their ugly heads and take us back to that negative way of thinking many of us spent years in and more years working out of. The real key is disciplining our thinking and remaining grateful for everything, all the time, and that is no small task. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webe/2012/04/24/melody-beattie--author

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Melody’s Autobiography

In the autobiographical, Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What Author Melody Beattie tells her story from herdays as an addict, through her recovery and eventual success as an author.

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.

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Melody’s Latest Release

If you could ask for a miracle right now, what would it be? We’ve all had situations in our lives that seem beyond our control or that have no clear remedy. In this concise, inspirational guide, bestselling self-help guru Melody Beattie shows us that we have the ability to make a miracle for almost any circumstance we’re facing.

Beattie, a trusted counselor for millions of readers, has shared her own stirring stories of overcoming obstacles and dealing with life’s tragedies for more than twenty-five years. In Make Miracles in Forty Days
she now offers the ultimate distillation of what she knows about gratitude, surrender, and connecting with our essential power. She challenges us to be more present each day and details a six-week action plan, the Miracle Exercise, to jump-start transformation in our lives. After completing a series of activities, we’ll establish what miracles we’d like to create, and then she’ll walk us through practicing this innovative exercise alone, with a partner, and even with our children. Beattie instructs us to be thankful for everything in our lives and for how we’re really feeling; we need to express gratitude for what we have and who we are, not just for our obvious blessings. It is crucial that we are grateful for recognizing what is upsetting and bothering us. Through acknowledging the pain that we’re feeling, we can excise any denial or resistance that is holding us back. As we progress over the forty days, instead of feeling lost, numb, or confused, we’ll become more conscious, aware, and alive. Our miracle will begin to materialize.

Along the way, Beattie reveals her own experiences of making miracles, individually and through working with a partner, and those of the participants in her Miracle Workshop. She shares moving stories of overcoming hardship and finding acceptance and forgiveness, and inspires us to move forward with a renewed vigor for life.

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The Language of Letting Go Reflecting on the core issues of codependency, Melody Beattie encourages readers to trust themselves on their journey to self-care. Each meditation is filled with the personal warmth and insight Beattie brings to all of her books.

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More Language of Letting Go: 366 New Daily Meditations Melody Beattie once again distills her compassionate insight on how to nurture spiritual and emotional health and recovery. With her attention turned to relationships and all the joys and challenges they create, the author’s reflections give voice to the thoughts and feelings common to men and women in recovery. Written in the direct, unsentimental style of her best-sellers, this new volume of meditaions offers new and longtime readers of Beattie’s work advice on perennial relationship issues such as surrendering and its never-ending importance; manipulation and its damaging effects; honesty about feelings; defensiveness; drama addiction; healthy communication; ongoing family of origin issues; unhealthy tendencies to caretake others, despite knowing better; and the peaks and valleys of wavering self-esteem.

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Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul Writing with same warmth, honesty, and compassion that has attracted such a loyal following, Melody Beattie now charts a new path toward spiritual growth and renewal. In 365 insightful and delightfully warm daily reflections, Journey to the Heart will comfort and inspire us all as we begin to discover our true purpose in the world and learn to connect even more deeply with ourselves, the creative force, and the magic and mystery in the world around and within us.

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52 Weeks of Conscious Contact What gets in the way of serenity? For most people, the answer is LIFE–those everyday distractions, obligations, and frustrations that cause chaos and clutter. In her new week-by-week guidebook, best-selling self-help author Melody Bettie brings new hope to individuals longing to lead a more serene life. Beattie addresses key self-care issues, including how to nurture inner peace, when to reach out to others, how to carry through on good intentions, where to make time for fun, and how to cultivate a deeper prayer life. Beattie’s thoughtful prose and practical advice provide new opportunities for reflection, affirmation, and change.

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Codependency

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Codependent No More recovery has begun for millions of individuals with this straightforward guide. through personal examples and exercises, readers are shown how controlling others forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness.

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Codependent No More Handbook: Exercises for Learning to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself (Codependent No More Series): Exercises for … for Yourself (Codependent No More Series)

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Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time this follow-up book to the best-selling classic codependent no more shows how recovery continues by developing positive ways of relating to others. personal stories and suggested activities provide a framework for growth and change.

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Codependent No More: Beyond CodependencyTwo of Melody’s most loved titles in a single volume.

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The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation Punctuated with Beattie’s renowned candor and intuitive wisdom, The New Codependency is an owner’s manual to learning to be who we are and gives us the tools necessary to reclaim our lives by renouncing unhealthy practices. Each section offers an overview of and a series of activities pertaining to a particular behavior — caretaking, controlling, manipulation, denial, repression, etc. — enabling us to personalize our own step-bystep guide to wellness. These sections, in conjunction with a series of tests allowing us to assess the level of our codependent behavior, demonstrate that while it may not seem possible now, we have the power to take care of ourselves, no matter what we are experiencing.

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Codependents’ Guide to the Twelve Steps Millions identified with Melody Beattie in Codependent No More and gained inspiration from her in Beyond Codependency. Now she’s back to help you discover how recovery programs work and to help you find the right one for you. Interpreting the famous Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps specifically for codependent issues for the very first time, this groundbreaking book combines Melody’s expertise with the experience of other people to explain each step and how you can apply it to your particular issues, offer specific exercises and activities to use both in group settings and on your own, and provide a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs — including Al-Anon, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more. The uniquely warm and compassionate voice of Melody Beattie will inspire you to turn your life around — one step at a time.

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The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change

How to move on after a major loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a career, or a health crisis.

After author Melody Beattie’s son died, she found herself welcomed into new “club,” a circle of people who had lived through the tragic loss of a child. This was not the first club in which she unwittingly found herself. Years earlier she found herself in Twelve Step groups, first balking, then later embracing the healing principles that she now credits with saving her life. But life, Ms. Beattie writes, is all about change. Not only do loved ones die, but once successful careers can careen out of control and debilitating diseases can rob you of future plans. Smaller losses can take a toll as well. The natural process of aging leaves many people with a depleted sense of worth, and staying abreast with current technologies leaves many people feeling ill-informed and inadequate.

She writes, “There’s a secret to get through loss, pain and grief. If we’re alone we can’t see who we are. When we join the club, other people become the mirror. Through them, we see ourselves and gain an understanding of what we’re going through. Then slowly, real slowly, we learn to accept who we see in the mirror. Then you become the mirror for them; by being honest about who you are, you’ll help them learn to love and accept themselves.”

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The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Life When It All Seems Too Hard to Take The timeless, magical story of one woman’s return to life and love when she thought she had lost it all.

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Make Miracles in Forty Days If you could ask for a miracle right now, what would it be? We’ve all had situations in our lives that seem beyond our control or that have no clear remedy. In this concise, inspirational guide, bestselling self-help guru Melody Beattie shows us that we have the ability to make a miracle for almost any circumstance we’re facing.

Beattie, a trusted counselor for millions of readers, has shared her own stirring stories of overcoming obstacles and dealing with life’s tragedies for more than twenty-five years. In Make Miracles in Forty Days
she now offers the ultimate distillation of what she knows about gratitude, surrender, and connecting with our essential power. She challenges us to be more present each day and details a six-week action plan, the Miracle Exercise, to jump-start transformation in our lives. After completing a series of activities, we’ll establish what miracles we’d like to create, and then she’ll walk us through practicing this innovative exercise alone, with a partner, and even with our children. Beattie instructs us to be thankful for everything in our lives and for how we’re really feeling; we need to express gratitude for what we have and who we are, not just for our obvious blessings. It is crucial that we are grateful for recognizing what is upsetting and bothering us. Through acknowledging the pain that we’re feeling, we can excise any denial or resistance that is holding us back. As we progress over the forty days, instead of feeling lost, numb, or confused, we’ll become more conscious, aware, and alive. Our miracle will begin to materialize.

Along the way, Beattie reveals her own experiences of making miracles, individually and through working with a partner, and those of the participants in her Miracle Workshop. She shares moving stories of overcoming hardship and finding acceptance and forgiveness, and inspires us to move forward with a renewed vigor for life.

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Finding Your Way Home: A Soul Survival Kit What does it mean to feel at home, truly present with our selves, comfortable with our choices, and alive to the possibilities of conscious change? How can we develop inner balance and connection, keeping our boundaries clear while opening our hearts to those we love? With warmth and intuitive understanding, Melody Beattie addresses these questions, guiding us to a higher level of living and loving, and showing us how to be at home with ourselves wherever we are in the world. Through positive, true stories and take-action exercises including journaling, visualizations, affirmations, meditations and prayers, Beattie provides practical tools to help us discover our own sense of home. Reassuring, comforting, and gently challenging, she shows us how to release ourselves from self-defeating attitudes and encourage the growth of our self-acceptance and compassion. This empowering book makes a companionable guide for anyone on a path to healthier living.

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Gratitude: Affirming the Good Things in Life A guide to getting through stressful times teaches readers how to say “”thank you”" for every problem or feeling, using gratitude to unlock the fullness of life and change denial into acceptance and confusion into clarity.

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Stop Being Mean to Yourself: A Story About Finding The True Meaning of Self-Love Melody narrates the story of her hard-won discovery that you can really love your neighbor “and” yourself. A finely crafted tale of her own spiritual adventure journeying through North Africa, “Stop Being Mean to Yourself” provides a message about a way of living not based on prescriptions but on working from the heart.

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Choices: Taking Control of Your Life and Making It Matter a message of hope for difficult times, offering a blueprint for navigating the path of choice, from our everyday concerns to our moments of deepest despair. This unique collection of profoundly moving personal stories and inspirational prose demonstrates the capacity of the human spirit to overcome suffering through the cultivation of awareness and acceptance, heart and vulnerability, service and surrender. Our ability to determine our most authentic choices and live a life of greater freedom is closer than we think.

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Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul Writing with same warmth, honesty, and compassion that has attracted such a loyal following, Melody Beattie now charts a new path toward spiritual growth and renewal. In 365 insightful and delightfully warm daily reflections, Journey to the Heart will comfort and inspire us all as we begin to discover our true purpose in the world and learn to connect even more deeply with ourselves, the creative force, and the magic and mystery in the world around and within us.