Melody Beattie
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Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie is one of America's most beloved self-help authors and a household name in addiction and recovery circles. Her international bestselling book, Codependent No More, introduced the world to the term "codependency" in 1986. Millions of readers have trusted Melody's words of wisdom and guidance because she knows firsthand what they're going through. In her lifetime, she has survived abandonment, kidnapping, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce, and the death of a child. "Beattie understands being overboard, which helps her throw bestselling lifelines to those still adrift," said Time Magazine.

Melody was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1948. Her father left home when she was a toddler, and she was raised by her mother. She was abducted by a stranger at age four. Although she was rescued the same day, the incident set the tone for a childhood of abuse, and she was sexually abused by a neighbor throughout her youth. Her mother turned a blind eye, just as she had denied the occurrence of abuse in her own past.

"My mother was a classic codependent," Melody recalls. "If she had a migraine, she wouldn't take an aspirin because she didn't do drugs. She believed in suffering." Unlike her mother, Melody was determined to self-medicate her emotional pain. Beattie began drinking at age 12, was a full-blown alcoholic by age 13, and a junkie by 18, even as she graduated from high school with honors. She ran with a crowd called "The Minnesota Mafia" who robbed pharmacies to get drugs. After several arrests, a judge mandated that she had to "go to treatment for as long as it takes or go to jail."

Melody continued to score drugs in treatment until a spiritual epiphany transformed her. "I was on the lawn smoking dope when the world turned this purplish color. Everything looked connected--like a Monet painting. It wasn't a hallucination; it was what the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous calls 'a spiritual awakening.' Until then, I'd felt entitled to use drugs. I finally realized that if I put half as much energy into doing the right thing as I had into doing wrong, I could do anything," Beattie said.

After eight months of treatment, Melody left the hospital clean and sober, ready to take on new goals: helping others get sober, and getting married and having a family of her own. She married a former alcoholic who was also a prominent and respected counselor and had two children with him. Although she had stopped drinking and using drugs, she found herself sinking in despair. She discovered that her husband wasn't sober; he'd been drinking and lying about it since before their marriage.

During her work with the spouses of addicts at a treatment center, she realized the problems that had led to her alcoholism were still there. Her pain wasn't about her husband or his drinking; it was about her. There wasn't a word for codependency yet. While Melody didn't coin the term codependency, she became passionate about the subject. What was this thing we were doing to ourselves?

Driven into the ground financially by her husband's alcoholism, Melody turned a life-long passion for writing into a career in journalism, writing about the issues that had consumed her for years. Her 24-year writing career has produced fifteen books published in twenty languages and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has been a frequent guest on many national television shows, including Oprah. She and her books continue to be featured regularly in national publications including Time, People, and most major periodicals around the world.

Although it almost destroyed her when her twelve-year-old son Shane died in a ski accident in 1991, eventually Melody picked up the pieces of her life again. "I wanted to die, but I kept waking up alive," she says. She began skydiving, mountain-climbing, and teaching others what she'd learned about grief.

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Best Sellers

    • Codependent No More

    • How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

    A source of healing and inspiration for millions, this modern classic spent over three years on the New York Times best seller list and made codependency a household word....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By JennStokes on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The New Codependency

    • Help and Guidance for Today's Generation
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 430
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 332
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335

    Punctuated with Beattie's renowned candor and intuitive wisdom, The New Codependency is an owner's manual to learning to be who we are....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Please offer with different narrator

    • By Janie on 11-12-09

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Beyond Codependency

    • And Getting Better All the Time
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 210

    Beyond Codependency is a sensitive and supportive audiobook that encourages listeners to adopt a practical approach when confronting their own unhealthy and unproductive behaviors....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank you Melody, again.

    • By Megan Rutter on 11-17-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Journey to the Heart

    • Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Christee Atwood
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Journey to the Heart by New York Times best-selling author of Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, and Lessons of Love contains 365 insightful daily meditations that inspire listeners to unlock their personal creativity....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Make Miracles in Forty Days

    • Turning What You Have into What You Want
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Melody Beattie
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    Make Miracles in Forty Days is punctuated with Beattie's own stirring stories of overcoming obstacles and dealing with life's tragedies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "An Amazing Book"

    • By Liz on 03-19-11

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Ya No Seas Codependiente [Codependent No More]

    • Aprende a Ocuparte de Ti Mismo
    • By: Melody Beattie
    • Narrated by: Janina Hidalgo Ibarra
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Este audiolibro no trata de cómo ayudar a tu alcohólico o persona problemática....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excelente

    • By Maria C. Camacho on 02-24-19

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Playing by Heart

    • By: Jacquelyn Ross
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Jacquelyn Ross' finely crafted tale of growing bonds and commitment will warm the hearts of listeners, especially with Richard Ferrone's richly dramatic performance....

    Regular price: $28.34

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