Sorry, I Thought I Loved You
Michielle DJ Beck (author) and Marcus A. Lindemann (contributor)
June 10, 2011
Paperback, 286 pages, $21.00; also Kindle edition, $9.00
This is not an easy book to read, but it is a worthwhile one for anyone who knows or suspects he or she is a relationship addict or codependent. The author is very open and honest in sharing her experiences with relationship addiction and codependency. The book is filled with agonizing emotion. Perhaps I felt the pain more strongly because I have known the author professionally online for almost a decade, although we have never met in person. We were working together during some of the time period covered in the book, and I had no idea what she was going through. I was surprised to read that she did the least amount of work she could to get by, because that contradicts my perception that she showed initiative in her work. You may know someone who suffers from relationship addiction and codependency and not recognize it.
Each chapter begins with Michi talking about her own experiences, followed by her reflections and the advice of the therapist. Michi’s story makes the information very real to the reader, and I believe someone with similar problems will be able to recognize themselves in her descriptions. While the book will be most useful to individuals who suspect or know they have the problems the author addresses, it will also be helpful to their loved ones and acquaintances to better understand behavior that may seem strange or even bizarre.
Be sure to come back next Wednesday, September 14 for my interview with the author.
Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of the book from the author, but I had no obligation to write a favorable review. The review reflects my honest opinion of the book.