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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757307914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757307911
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Leo Booth is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and trainer on all aspects of spirituality and recovery from depression, addictions, or compulsive behaviors, and low self-esteem. He holds a Masters degree in theology from King's College, London, England, and is a Certified Addictions Counselor and a spiritual consultant to several treatment centers.

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Sometimes you must love somebody enough to let them go.

I remember my mother saying this to me in the kitchen at my home in England. I was talking about a friend who for many years had been troubled with alcoholism, and how the fun that used to exist in our friendship had in recent years been transformed into anger, pain, embarrassment, and apathy. I had reached the point in every codependent's journey when I simply didn't care anymore. He was making me feel sick. As the church hymn so aptly says, 'We learn that love grows cold!'

I was telling my mother the friendship had given way to not caring. There was nothing more I could do for him; he had hurt me so much in recent years. I wanted out!

My mother said, 'I know how you feel. That is how I used to feel about you!' She went on to share what it was like living with me, as a mother, when I was drinking. Then she stated powerfully: 'This love requires distance.'

There is a point in 'tragic love' when we need to pull back, separate the dysfunctional behavior from the individual we love, and create a powerful moment of distance. In this sense we 'let go.' And we do this not because we do not love, but because we love.

Nobody can change another person, or get another person to behave in the way we want them to behave. When those relationships become really―I mean really―painful, we must pull away and let go. Sometimes nothing positive happens, and the person simply gets worse.

But there are times, creative moments, when the separateness produces a miracle: we have given them the space to change―the donkey is drinking the water!

Great Spirit: You who have given us the freedom to walk away from the pain that keeps on giving, may we see Your creative power at work in the separateness.

©2009. Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Wisdom of Letting Go. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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HASH(0x9e4f9c6c) out of 5 stars Leo Booth, truly a man for all seasons Nov. 30 2010
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I first encountered Leo Booth's book, The Wisdom of Letting Go: The Path of the Wounded Soul, eight years ago. I was at a time in my life when coping mechanisms long established were no longer working. A friend recommended this book to me, and I have found it to be the greatest help in written word I've ever encountered. Since then, I've given many copies of the book to friends as gifts when particularly troubling times affected their lives. Leo Booth wrote his inspirational words out of his person pain in life. It's good sometimes to know you aren't the only one with problems you can't resolve on your own. It's the best book I've ever purchased for personal enrichment of the soul.
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HASH(0x9e4f9eb8) out of 5 stars So Much Wisdom Jan. 23 2011
By Leslie S - Published on
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This little book is brimming with the most amazing wisdom I've ever read. How counter-culture to suggest that we let go instead of trying to power through what we want, as though we control our lives anyway!

I particularly liked the section on separation and divorce; very practical and authentic. Thank you Leo for bringing wisdom and reality to these topics. Your writings are not only wise but full of gentle compassion and grace! You are an authentic human being encouraging the rest of us to be authentic. Authenticity - the most important goal for every person.

Please keep writing!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By John of Lima, OH - Published on
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I borrowed the book and read about half. Booth does a nice job of talking about co-dependency in an upbeat way. _Co-dependent No More_ by Melody Beattie is better, but this book stands up well versus most of Beattie's other co-dependency writings. Booth includes prayers and meditations, in addition to common sense advice about "letting go" of unhealthy relationships. He has a spiritual focus. This book was not a waste of time, especially for a novice reader in the field of codependency.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3ba474) out of 5 stars Finally, Someone has taught me HOW & WHY to Let Go Feb. 17 2010
By Michelle S. - Published on
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This book has helped me tremendously. It has given me great comfort in learning how and WHY to Let Go. Something I've had a problem with for a while now. Whenever I feel like I'm starting to slip back into my old ways... of hanging on... not letting go, this book gives me the strength, encouragement and direction I need to Let Go and Let God. You will not be disappointed.
HASH(0x9e3ba690) out of 5 stars Perfect Condition April 18 2013
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This book was purchased as a 'used book' in great condition. It was a gift to a very dear friend who appreciates Leo Booth. The book added to her collection of daily helpful words of inspiration and wisdom. Great job on sending on time and in good condition. Thank you