I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation

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Harper Collins, Apr 30, 2013 - Psychology - 368 pages

In her classic books The Courage to Heal and Allies in Healing, Laura Davis helped millions cope with the trauma of child sexual abuse. Her supportive guide Becoming the Parent You Want to Be taught parents to create a vision for their families. Now, in I Thought We'd Never Speak Again, she tackles another critical, emerging issue: reconciling relationships sundered by betrayal, anger, and misunderstanding.

With her trademark clarity and compassion, Davis maps the reconciliation process through gripping firstperson stories of people who have reconciled under a wide variety of difficult circumstances. In these pages, parents reconcile with children, embittered siblings reconnect, estranged friends reunite, and war veterans and crime victims meet with their enemies. Davis weaves these powerful accounts with her own experiences reconciling with her mother after a long, painful estrangement.

Making a crucial distinction between reconciliation and forgiveness, Davis explains how people can make peace in relationships without necessarily forgiving past hurts. Step by step, she clarifies the qualities needed for reconciliation-including maturity, discernment, determination, courage, communication, and compassion. To help readers gauge their own readiness, she includes a self-assessment entitled "Are You Ready for Reconciliation?" as well as a special section called "Ideas for Reflection and Discussion."

On each page of this inspiring and instructive book, Laura Davis offers hope and help for reconciliation between individuals, and in the larger human family, sharing essential keys for resolving troubled relationships and finding peace.

 

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I found this book really mind expanding- most self-help books rely on a sense of grievance and re-building individual self-esteem. This takes it a step forward- it offers stories as inspiration for those who may want to seek reconciliation after terrible trauma. Read full review

I thought we'd never speak again: the road from enstrangement to reconciliation

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Davis is coauthor of The Courage To Heal, a best-selling memoir about surviving childhood sexual abuse. Inspired by her reunion with her estranged family, this exploration of reconciliation features ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
11
The Pain of Estrangement The Roots of Estrangement
28
CHAPTER 3
49
CHAPTER 4
93
Facing the Man Who Shot Me The Courage to Face
121
CHAPTER 6
165
CHAPTER 8
243
The Price of Pride Acknowledging Your Own Weaknesses Taking
264
Free Reconciliation Newsletter
318
Index
333
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Laura Davis is the author of The Courage to Heal Workbook, Allies in Healing, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. She teaches writing and lives with her family in Santa Cruz, California.

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