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Title:
The ten things to do when your life falls apart : an emotional and spiritual handbook
Author:
Kingma, Daphne Rose.
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Publication Information:
Novato, Calif. : New World Library, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
xxiv, 214 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: When life falls apart -- Cry your heart out -- Face your defaults -- Do something different -- Let go -- Remember who you've always been -- Persist -- Integrate your loss -- Live simply -- Go where the love is -- Live in the light of the spirit.
ISBN:
9781577316985
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Add layoffs, foreclosures, and skyrocketing health-care costs to the inevitable crises of every life, and you have today's landscape. Amid these challenges, even those who thought they had solid coping skills feel that their center cannot hold as things fall apart. In her first book in many years, bestselling author Daphne Rose Kingma takes us on a path of emotional and spiritual healing, with particular attention to the complex and frequently overwhelming circumstances of our lives right now. The perfect combination of empathic friend, sage counselor, savvy problem solver, and even gallows humorist, Kingma looks straight into the predicaments so many of us face. She then offers ten deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for coping on practical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

The devastating events cannot be changed, but after reading this book, you will be, having recovered a sense of equanimity, spirit, and strength. Whether you're struggling with money issues, job loss, relationship problems, an unexpected health crisis, or all of the above, this book will light your path and heal your heart.


Author Notes

Daphne Rose Kingma's bestsellers include Coming Apart, The Men We Never Knew, and The Future of Love. She and her work have appeared in most major media outlets, and she presents seminars and workshops around the world. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Known primarily for books on relationships (Coming Apart), Kingma's latest is a lifeline for those in the isolating depths of personal tragedy. Its purpose is to hold, to heal, and to listen, and it comes from a very real place: a friend of the author's in the midst of physical and financial hardships asked for a list of 10 practices to survive his crisis. With chapters dedicated to the necessity of tears, the freedom of letting go, and the fulfillment found in simple living, these techniques are all about practicality. Realistic indeed, yet underlying the straightforward advice is an enlivening spiritual message that isn't content with just soldiering on through the darkness. "Rather than being random assaults from an uncaring universe, the difficulties you are going through have meaning and purpose," the author writes. Kingma relates her worldly and spiritual survival tools in graceful prose and includes illustrative, though somewhat broad, real-life stories of people who rise above catastrophe. This work is about more than just getting by; it directs the reader toward transcendence and peace. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Kingma (Real Life, Real Love) writes for readers whose lives are being wrenched apart by sudden job loss, the death of a loved one, financial ruin, or a dire medical diagnosis. When any of these things happens, either separately or simultaneously, Kingma offers a list of ten ways whereby readers can eventually learn that their difficulties have meaning and purpose. A particularly helpful lesson urges letting go of coping strategies that no longer work. For those lost in the turbulence of life, Kingma offers a genuine hand through. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introduction: When Life Falls Apartp. xi
Chapter 1 Cry Your Heart Outp. 3
Chapter 2 Face Your Defaultsp. 19
Chapter 3 Do Something Differentp. 47
Chapter 4 Let Gop. 69
Chapter 5 Remember Who You've Always Beenp. 87
Chapter 6 Persistp. 105
Chapter 7 Integrate Your Lossp. 121
Chapter 8 Live Simplyp. 145
Chapter 9 Go Where the Love Isp. 167
Chapter 10 Live in the Light of the Spiritp. 191
Peace Be with Youp. 210
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
About the Authorp. 213