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With all the glowing 5 star reviews on Amazon, I was really hoping to get more out of this book than I did. While I didn't necessarily disagree with anything the author said (at least not strongly enough to elaborate on here), I found the writing itself to be quite repetitive and at times overly-theoretical/simplistic and preachy. (The narrator didn't help in this latter regard, as she sounded like a didactic boarding school matron rather than warm and inviting as the author herself sounds...an unfortunate choice.)
I did find some of Casey's stances contradictory and in one case troubling, i.e. warning people about the dangers of co-dependency (the tendency to over-focus on the real or perceived needs of others) while repeatedly suggesting that we have a spiritual duty to offer acknowledgment, kindness, comfort, and validation to every single person we encounter. While this is an admirable and perhaps even spiritually "correct" way to live, it can be problematic if not downright toxic for co-dependents until we/they learn to recognize the patterns of our co-dependent behaviors and establish healthy energetic boundaries.
Potential listeners should also be aware that much of the underlying philosophy of this book is rooted in "A Course in Miracles" more than the 12 Step program, an important point given the author's strong association with the recovery movement. As a former student of the Course, I have great respect for it as a spiritual teaching, but also find it to be extremely mental/cognitive in its approach (i.e. bypassing intuitive, emotional, and somatic forms of wisdom) and therefore not ideal for people who already live too much in their heads.
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What did you like best about Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow: 12 Simple Principles? What did you like least?
If you're religious, this book might be great for you.
What was most disappointing about Karen Casey’s story?
The author is coming from an incredibly religious point of view, which may be a turn off to many people. She uses religious claims to support her Principles using phrases such as "the constant presence of God" and "God's infinite wisdom" and "God is always present" and "God's will" and "God is where ever we are" and so on. My preference would be to hear these principles substantiated by more reality based concepts.
Any additional comments?
I wish the book description had mentioned that this was a religious text. I wouldn't have chosen it, had I known.
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