Wholeness Healing Today

A Book Review: The Language of Letting Go

I quite often recommend to clients Melody Beattie’s books Codependent No More and Beyond Codependency, reading them myself every few years. While I had read The Language of Letting Go, it wasn’t until a client recently reminded me of the value of the daily readings and meditations within. So I returned to it, rereading it, deciding to review and share with readers.

This book is a great handbook, something to pick up daily. It is not a book to be read in one sitting, but instead, a book to read as you go, one day at a time. The chapters are divided into months, the readings are designated for each day. Occasionally at the beginning of each day’s reading might be a quote, from one of her other books, from the AA readings, or some quotation from some wise and oft quoted sage. At  the end of each day’s reading is a simple meditation, often reading like a personal affirmation to focus on. True to form of most daily readings, each day seems to fit what is needed for that day. I have stopped asking why that happens, as that is just the perfect way that it unfolds.

I had thought to include a few quotations, but I found it exceedingly difficult to choose. So instead I opted for one at the very beginning of the book, January 1st. “What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life?” (The Language of Letting Go, p. 2)

A handbook of daily readings, but so much more. A guidepost to help you find your direction. A map simply set to encourage your spiritual growth. Pick it up. Read it daily. Share it. Find a favorite affirmation from it. Cherish it as you connect the pieces for yourself.

Works Cited:

Beattie, Melody. (1990) The language of letting go. Hazelden Publishing. Central City, MN.

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  • Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
    Licensed Professional Counselor
    Advanced Clinical HypnoTherapist

  • Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.


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