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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (April 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573242136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573242134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran self-help author Casey's gentle advice is anchored in a strong spiritual commitment. Having given up alcohol and drugs in 1976, she developed many of the concepts she advocates through attending 12-step support groups. Casey firmly believes that the work of someone's life belongs only to that person and to God, and that we should thus each tend only our own garden. From this conviction flow several of her principles, such as refraining from judging others, recognizing that you cannot change friends or relatives, and learning to focus primarily on your life's journey rather than on the opinions and actions of others. Casey recommends quieting the mind by letting go of your ego and looking for the lesson in every experience and encounter, whether positive or negative. Although many of the insights and techniques are not new, Casey's voice is thoughtful and accessible. Readers with a belief in the power of God will be most amenable to her recommendations for a simpler, more rewarding life. (May)
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"There is never anything to change but our own perspective." Karen Casey

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I was born in Lafayette, IN and moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1964. I taught elementary school for a few years and then pursued a graduate degree at the University of MN. I graduated with a Ph.D. in 1979. I published my first book, EACH DAY A NEW BEGINNING: DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR WOMEN with Hazelden Publishing in 1982. It has been followed by the publication of 21 other books, the most recent of which is CULTIVATING HOPE. In early summer of this year (2010), Conari will be publishing the 23rd book: LET GO NOW: EMBRACING DETACHMENT. See www.womens-spirituality.com for a complete listing and description and for a link to my blog. My focus as a writer is on the development of spiritual growth and strengthening one's twelve step recovery, and my personal experience is what I rely on, coupled with the wisdom I glean from the many people I walk among in the rooms of AA and Al-Anon. When I am not in front of the computer writing, I am likely giving a lecture or doing a workshop some where. I have spoken to tens of thousands world-wide over my thirty-five year tenure in recovery rooms. From each experience my gratitude grows. And from each experience, my commitment grows to continue doing what brings my life such joy.

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This book is life changing.
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As a woman in recovery from various forms of addictive behavior, I highly recommend this book.
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It's easy to read, thought provoking and not preachy.
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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Here are the 12 great principles that the book teaches on changing your mind so your life will then change.

1>Take care yourself. First and foremost.

2>Focus on solutions not the problems.

3>Try your best and don't try to contol the outcome.

4>Change your mind daily, do not cling to your opinions if proven wrong.

5>Choose to be proactive instead of reactive.

6>Quit judging yourself and every one else.

7>Remember that you are not in control.

8>Discover your own lessons.Learn and change from this.

9>Do no Harm.

10>Quiet your mind.

11>Every encounter is a holy encounter .Respond accordingly.

12>There are two voices in your mind one is always wrong.

The author has been through a lot of hardships in her life and writes with great clarity and compassion. If you would like to read her take on how to live the above 12 principle buy this book.If you already have those areas covered, look for more advanced reading else where.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Rita on May 19, 2005
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This small book, written in a gentle, conversational tone, would change the world if everyone read it and tried to apply its wisdom. I ended up buying it after borrrowing it from a library because there is so much good stuff to be highlighted. While the title is about changing your thoughts, a predominant goal of the book is to promote peace in our own lives, which leads to more peace in the world. This is really a special piece of writing.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kay A. Kronholm on September 13, 2005
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This book encourages the reader to take charge of his/her life and to realize the power that thoughts have in our day to day attitude and quality of life. It is so practical and easy to read...this would be my #1 choice for everyone to read.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DMarie on April 24, 2006
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This small book is a gem. The principles she writes about

are simple truths, some of them I learned as a child, some

of them I needed to be reminded of, such as don't try

to control or tell other people what to do and don't worry

about what others think of you. She mentions the 12-steps

of AA a few times and A Course in Miracles - two excellent

resources also.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2007
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I saw this book in a catalog I receive regularly and thought it sounded "interesting". What I couldn't foresee was how pertinent and vital this book has become in my life. I had just gone through a really rough patch at work, mostly because of the way I reacted towards others. After reading this book I realized how, after years of "banging my head against the wall", I was never going to change anyone's behavior but I had COMPLETE control over my own emotions. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!!!! Somewhere in those 12 steps I guarantee YOU that at least one of those steps will ring true in your life, giving you more peace in your life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt on November 3, 2006
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This book isn't directly about how we lose ourselves in others; it's more about what happens when we decide to give ourselves up to the whims of the world. The book helps describe where this comes from, and offers some ways to get out of it. Life can be a walk on the beach, it doesn't have to feel like we're stuck in slow moving quicksand. This book can be helpful if we want to pull ourselves out of where we're already stuck - whether that place is in our own heads or in the lives of others.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kenworthy on January 28, 2006
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This is an excellent book. It's easy to read, thought provoking and not preachy. The ideas presented make sense, can be accomplished and will work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"When we choose a peaceful response, the effect of our choice radiates outward into the world." ~ pg. 124

Karen Casey has written a small book that takes about an hour to read, however the lessons contained in this book can have big results. She starts the book by talking about how we should not interfere in other people's lives and then each chapter seems to have something to do with working on our own lives vs. worrying about other people's lives.

From what I can tell from her own experiences she grew up with very controlling people trying to run her life. This book takes a completely different direction, it almost preaches: "withdrawal." This might be fine for some people who are not in a relationship or who don't have kids. I believe you need to be active in your relationships and not neglectful. What happens if your kids are on drugs, should you not "interfere." I would take the chance to save my kid's life.

While the advice is good at times I did disagree with this sentence: "I also suggest that whenever thoughts of the future come into your mind, you envision blowing them away." ~ pg. 29 Many spiritual teachers would tell you just the opposite and that you should visualize your future which then leads to success.

If you are traveling along a spiritual path (and all of us are in some way) then many of the ideas in this book may seem familiar to you. As you read each chapter you can do your own reality check to see where you are in regards to the advice given. For example, the advice on never arguing seems like good advice but it is probably never going to happen. You are probably still going to argue sometimes even if you try to avoid all negative experiences.
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