This story is told through the jagged peephole of the author's awareness, examining her formative wounds and influences from the perspective of a woman who has now gained experience and wisdom. As she peers over her soul's shoulder, she recalls the chaos of her once-fragile childhood mind. She shudders as she is reminded of the sting of her lonely childhood, her feelings of abandonment, and her painful memories of being bullied. Her childhood self was once so lost that she even contemplated suicide. As the years progress, her mind is riddled with obsession, compulsion, and a crippling sense of low self-esteem. A turning point arrives many years later, after marriage and the birth of three children.
This story is about healing the faulty programming of childhood. It is about recovery from relationship addiction, food addiction, anxiety, and constant fear. It is a human story that will resonate with listeners from all walks of life, and which offers hope to anyone who has felt imprisoned by the past.
©2012 Lisa A. Romano (P)2014 Lisa A. Romano
So so recommend this audiobook. I could not stop listening to it.
Although I have read a few books on dis functional family this was a great addition and refreshed look at the issue.
Thank you for this
I really related to this book! Both of my step parents were alcoholics and my parents were unintentionally neglectful and controlling. I have recently left what I hope will be my last controlling and emotionally abusive relationship. I am ready to take responsibility for my own thoughts and feelings and break the cycle. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that identifies themselves as co-dependent as well as anyone who does not; I think we all expect others to take responsibility for our feelings at times and unfortunately most of us carry through negative patterns that we have developed as children from our parents. The book is written very well and I was impressed by the reflectiveness of the author. The narration is also very well done.
I'm 32 and I've struggled with self unawareness issues all my life. As far as I remember myself I've had a feeling that there is something wrong me. Now I understand the I simply wanted to be heard. I wanted to matter. I wanted my feelings to be respected. I wanted to be enough. I wanted to be validated. Thanks to Lisa I understand that it's normal and the feeling of wrongness comes from detachment from myself and attachment to others. And ofcourse those others often turn out to be manipulators. Now I understand so many things. I only wish I knew it earlier! Thank you very much Mrs Lisa for sharing your story!!
I expected a lot more of recovery rather than it being all about the lead up to recovery and then THE END
No it hasn't put me off other books, i will do more research in future to make sure that i choose something that addresses my needs
Definitely, the book should have been titled differently, i was expecting to learn a step by step account of what she did to change her life. instead what she wrote about was all the disfunction that brought her to the decision to seek help
This is a book about codependency and dysfunctional patterns which most people who have them are looking for a way out of. Lisa writes about her life up to the point of recovery. It is a autobiography and not a self help book and i do not like autobiography"s and would never choose to read one
At times I found this story very raw only because it pointed me towards my own co-dependency issues. Read this if you need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
"The Uncanny Parallel"
I was absolutely taken back by the uncanny parallel "s of Lisa's life and my own.
I do not know if this is normal but her name is Lisa so is mine; she dated and married the very same type men I did. Her child was born with an Hemangioma; so was mine. My husband reacted the same exact way to counseling and the counselor told me exactly what Alice told her; the sad truth is I did not leave I was too frightened and remained in unhappiness and giving but never receiving for 16 years..I don't know if my.vibrational plane drew me to Lisa and her videos and now her books; I am just so grateful that something did. I loved every word of every page. Thank you Lisa for your willingness to be transparent.
The narrator was great as well.
"Her Road went back to me too!"
I hung on to each word in my codependent discovery of how Lisa Romano finally analyzed her true meaning of life..... it is the same as mine and yours. The purpose each of us has, in life, is to learn how to love yourself. xoxoxo
The writer is extremely talented to the point of poetic in getting her descriptions across. The narrator is spot on perfect. I was given immense validation by this book on my own road to recovery from codependency and the divorce that I've recently experienced
and am still working on aepting.
"Great book for self improvement."
I first learned of Lisa on YouTube. She has done the hard work to be as mentally healthy as she can be based on how she was raised. She is proof that we can overcome a terrible childhood and have a healthy, wonderful adult life. Thank you Lisa for sharing your story with us and please continue your videos. With love & gratitude, Debbie.
"A co-dependency story"
I learn more from someone's story than a self help book any day! Easy to listen to and I found it easy to relate to, as well.
I found this book very engaging. I did not want it to end and I am excited to read the sequel!
"Worthewhile and Honest"
Loved this book! Beautifully written. I felt like I was there. It was very honest.
"loved it couldn't stop listening!"
wish you had the next book! very inspiring and motivating a real great book
What an amazing, mind and heart opening book. All I can say is thank you, thank you for sharing, thank you for your bravery, thank you for the gift you have giving me. And on to your next book, Lisa.
Most memorable the letter written to her friend about the picture.
Narrator did a great job!! The honesty was inspiring!!
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