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Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What

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Readers will learn what drives them into controlling behavior and victimhood--and what it takes to pull themselves out, to return to the healing, faith, and maturity that come with recovery.

Since the publication of Melody Beattie's groundbreaking book Codependent No More, millions of people have confronted the demons of codependency. And yet, many in recovery find themselv
ebook, 276 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Hazelden Publishing (first published 1999)
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May 13, 2017 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Melody Beattie has written many self-help books, but she has been through some horrific experiences in her life, and this memoir makes it so clear that we all make our own choices. Contrast her story with the main character, played by Charlize Theron, in the movie "Monster." Melody is a great storyteller, but she is also a great thinker, who brings out life lessons for all of us in her own stories and the stories of others.
Nov 20, 2013 C2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of this was outstanding, stop me in my tracks. Some towards the end I found choppy but maybe my attention was choppy. I learned so much about codependency. I was astounded at what a major drug addict she was!!! Talk about destroying my mental image of her but I guess she had to come from somewhere to have any validity. Two things I got out of this: considering how horribly she treated her body, I'm doing super fine and I don't need to worry about those chips or other bad food I've had! And ...more
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 20, 2014 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Staying On Track

Extremely helpful follow up to "Codependant No More".
Even though I am an atheist now, I still love Melody Beattie whose insistence upon self-love, self-respect and physical comfort guided and helped me so much in my most difficult hours.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
Jun 24, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
Reading this book was like looking into a mirror. I never had the alcohol or drug addiction problems that the author described, but I learned a lot about my behaviors from her experiences. A great read for anyone who has questions about codependency, addiction, 12 step programs, spirituality, loss, fate, etc. This one will take me a while to completely process. I rarely read a book more than once, but I'm sure I will read this one several times.
Dec 13, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melody Beattie is absolutely amazing. I have to throw out ALL preconceived notions of "self-help" books. "Playing It by Heart" is the most powerful auto-biography & inspirational book I have ever read. I think every human being should be able to relate, in at least some small way, to her story and walk away with more hope, courage, and faith in being human.
This book is really interesting. I could not put it down. Melodie Beattie talks about her life as a drug addict and as the spouse of an alcoholic (many years later). Great advice for codependents although toward the end it does get a bit preachy and slow.
May 28, 2014 Kc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite book! Thank you Melody Beattie for being so transparent and open. You've taught me so very much and have changed my life with your work. Blessings to you!

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Mar 03, 2012 Ginny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
kept my interest
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Aug 25, 2013 Eileen Binning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page turner...
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Dec 24, 2014 Suzie Reno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Melody's story is jaw dropping and inspiring! Loved every page!
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May 31, 2013 Kathy Alarie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book was not at all what I expected. Didn't finish reading it. What I had read was major detail on how to inject yourself and use drugs. That's not Taking care of yourself in my opinion.
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Over the years, Melody Beattie has become well-known in the world of self-help literature. After turning away from a life of addiction and suffering, Melody shared her own story in order to help others change theirs. Her overnight sensation, Codependant No More, has been influencing millions for over twenty years. Her passion for writing has resulted in fifteen books, including: Co-Dependants Anon ...more
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