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Karen Casey is obviously a wise and compassionate woman who has grown tremendously through her life experience with alcoholism, codependency, and 12 step recovery. In this book, Casey is great at describing what recovery from codependence looks like but not so good at actually conveying how to set the boundaries required to get there (as the subtitle promises), except to repeatedly tell people to "detach" (again, without giving much guidance on how to do this) and go to 12 step meetings. As such, the book often reads more like an advertisement for Al Anon or CoDA -- and maybe that's the whole point -- than a true self-help manual, much as her last book often felt like a trailer for A Course in Miracles.
Bottom line is that while I enjoyed listening to the many stories of people's lives (lots to reflect on here), and even gleaned something of value from many of them, I wish Casey offered more explicit guidance for recovering codependents than simply telling people to go to 12 step meetings. (She begins to touch on this a bit toward the end in her discussion of the twelve steps themselves, but it's not much to work with.) On the plus side, I did find this book more helpful than her previous title ("Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow") and Joyce Bean's narration vastly improved, so I'd still recommend giving it a listen.
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What would have made Codependence and the Power of Detachment better?
One massive Al Anon advertisement. Author gives multiple scenarios of Co dependence and provides absolutely NO helpful advice to moving through these situations, only solutions given are "Go to Al Anon meeting"????
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The personal stories of her own friends' lives that Karen shares with the reader are what will really touch you. These stories will ring true for you and although she isn't trying to "teach" us any "lesson", you might just get a profound understand of the message that she is trying to convey. Give this a listen and you will learn to hear your own voice better that is telling you what is best for you.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The book, in my opinion, is rather a compilation of stories with relatively little elaboration and quite a lot of repetitions from the authors other book I listened to.
If you’ve listened to books by Karen Casey before, how does this one compare?
Significantly less interesting with little new insights
What aspect of Joyce Bean’s performance might you have changed?
Reading was gook
Any additional comments?
I am rather disappointed with this work of the author from whom I expected more insights and after having listened to her other book on detachment.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful