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My most magical book has been The Language of Letting Go. More than my other books, this book took on

its own life. It was very interactive writing. When I wrote that book, I would find myself in a certain situation or I would have some kind of experience that would make me think,“Okay, now what am I to learn from this? What am I to do with this?”The book just danced

with me—or I danced with it.

The result was a primer, a very practical meditation book. The Language of Letting Go is about what recovery from codependency looks like in daily life, and what people can do day-to-day to make recovery work in their lives.

Your books are deeply personal. Is it difficult to expose yourself like that?

Playing It by Heart is a biography. It’s about telling

my life story. Even though I didn’t really want to but I felt it was time. I didn’t like the whole ego-biography thing—putting the person before the ideas. But I have seen that sometimes the most

powerful healing happens when people hear another person’s story.They can say,“She’s an alcoholic, too” or,“She’s a junkie, too.” It’s healing.

www.hazelden.org/bookplace • 1-800-328-9000

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