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

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Fallen out with your sister and can't seem to make up? Not speaking to your mother-in-law after a silly row? Haven't seen your father in years...? This text looks at the issues that tear people apart - from the extremes such as incest, violence and betrayal to the more everyday things that divide us such as money, sex and sibling rivalry. The author uses a practical approach to explore what causes conflict and provides detailed strategies to achieve reconciliation. Heartfelt practical advice and first person accounts reveal the process of mending emotional wounds by honouring and staying true to your own feelings. She explains that reconciliation is not the same as forgiveness and that it is possible to have a relationship without necessarily having to forgive.

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We've all been advised to forgive and forget, but rarely has anyone suggested a way to reconcile without necessarily forgiving. I Thought We'd Never Speak Again does. It covers every sort of contention, from seemingly minor differences that can escalate over time to larger issues of abuse, neglect, and dysfunction.

Author Laura Davis (The Courage to Heal) once again comes from a very personal place in this book; she has slowly renewed relations with her mother's family after 10 years with no contact. As she interviews people and shares their stories, she uses the wisdom they've gained to illustrate numerous ways to reconcile--sometimes involving forgiveness and sometimes not. From the family who lost a member to a drunk driver or drive-by shooting to generations of kids on opposite sides of racial, religious, or political issues, the process of coming to peace is a lengthy one, marked by both pain and rewards.

Useful for adults who are dealing with personal issues or families trying to move beyond the emotional aftermath of 9/11, this loving and thoughtful book examines how we can all work together to achieve understanding. --Jill Lightner

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Laura Davis is the bestselling author of The Courage to Heal and an internationally renowned counsellor and expert on healing from child sexual abuse. Her books have sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

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