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Acting "As If": Meditations of a Recovering Enabler by Cindy Hampel is an insightful book written by a recovering enabler. Since the content is drawn from Cindy Hampel’s real-life experience, it is realistic and practical. The book starts with the preface, “Choosing What We Pretend,” in which Cindy shares where she is coming from. It is then followed by 31 meditations which are really short chapters, with each chapter only occupying two pages. Then, there are nine magnifiers which are even shorter chapters, with each chapter only occupying one page. The book ends with a list of useful resources in the suggested reading.
Acting "As If" by Cindy Hampel is a really useful book that can help people to live a more balanced life. The 31 meditation chapters are meant to be read one chapter per day so that there is time to contemplate the message, thereby deciding on what the appropriate action is. The scope of the meditations is wide from “Radiating a Warm and Gentle Presence” to “Surprising Those Who Act Unreasonably.” The nine magnifier chapters are nugget explanations of certain behaviors. They range from “Fear Tactics” to “Proper Focus.” While the magnifier chapters are short, the explanations are actually deep. Clearly, Cindy has given a lot of thought to organizing and writing the book so that it is easy for readers to follow. The book is indeed well organized and well written. A highly recommended read to those who are interested in how to recover from being an enabler.