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Letters to Louise : the answers are within you
Hay, Louise L.
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Publication Information:
Carlsbad, CA : Hay House, [1999]

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xi, 295 pages ; 22 cm
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BJ1581.2 .H347 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book is a collection of letters Louise received and answered over the years from people all over the world. The letters express deep concerns about 20 different topics - including addictions, dis-ease, family relationships, the inner child, and parenting, just to name a few. Louise believes that by reading about other people's challenges and aspirations, you can see yourself and your own problems in different ways. Sometimes you can use what you learn from others to make changes in your own life. We hope this book will allow you to realize that you, too, have the strength within to change, and to find solutions on your own - that is, to seek the answers that are within you.

Author Notes

Louise L. Hay was born in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 1926. She was abused by her stepfather and raped by a neighbor. As a teenager, she dropped out of school and gave birth to a girl, her only child, whom she gave up for adoption. After living in Chicago for a time, she moved to New York, where she worked as a fashion model. In the mid-1950s, married English businessman Andrew Hay. When her marriage ended 14 years later, she started attending the First Church of Religious Science in Manhattan and began training in the ministerial program. Through her work as a Science of Mind minister, she compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments and positive thought-provoking ways to cure them. The compilation, entitled Heal Your Body, is also known as The Little Blue Book.

After moving back to her native Southern California in 1980, she wrote and published the book You Can Heal Your Life in 1984. Her other books included The Power Is Within You, Meditations to Heal Your Life, Empowering Women, and Life! Reflections on Your Journey. She also co-wrote You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce or Death with David Kessler.

She founded Hay House, Inc., in 1984. Beginning as a small venture in the living room of her home, it became a multimillion-dollar company with an extensive line of products including books, CDs and online courses. She died on August 30, 2017 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

One of the early leaders of the New Age movement, Hay (Empowering Women, LJ 2/1/97) has collected letters from all over the world that appeared in her syndicated column, "Dear Louise." Here she continues her thoughts on self-healing, relationships, addictions, aging, death, and disease. Each chapter contains a brief introduction, several letters with responses, and a final affirmation concerning the chapter topic. Letters end with recommended readings and a self-help resources list, which, while not exhaustive, may be a good place to start. With the popularity of her previous books, audios, and videos, public and consumer health libraries will want to purchase this one.‘Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.