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Divorcing a Parent: Free Yourself from the Past and Live the Life You've Always Wanted

Beverly Engel M.F.C.C.

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ISBN 10: 162654008X / ISBN 13: 9781626540088
Published by Echo Point Books & Media, 2014
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Title: Divorcing a Parent: Free Yourself from the ...

Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

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"Why isn't there a commandment to 'honor thy children' or at least one to 'not abuse thy children'?" asks Beverly Engel. No one should have to tolerate an abusive or destructive relationship. However, countless adults continue to foster toxic relationships with their parents. Perhaps honoring our parents starts with honoring ourselves. While making peace with a parent may seem ideal, it is not always a viable option, and severing ties with a parent is sometimes a necessity. Engel, who had to divorce her mother for a number of years, recognizes that forgiveness is not always necessary or even possible.

This sensitive, emphatic, yet practical guide includes exercises to help you through this important turning point that can inspire positive and healthy changes in your life. With step-by-step instruction and real-life testimonials, Divorcing a Parent will show you how to anticipate and manage negative pressure from others, how to overcome your doubts and guilt, how to participate in family gatherings, and how to handle grandchildren. Engel even addresses how to manage the abuse of a deceased parent.

While utilizing an individualized approach, Engel guides you through the entire process to determine what is best for your wellbeing—from deciding if divorce is right for you to finalizing the separation. Above all, this book shows you how to love yourself and give yourself the gift of freedom!

Beverly Engel, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and an acclaimed advocate for victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She is the author of 20 self-help books, including four best-selling books on emotional abuse. Several of her books have received awards and been translated into many languages. Engel is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has practiced psychotherapy for 35 years. She frequently lends her expertise to national television talk shows and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Starting Over, and others. Learn more at

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away from contact with your parent with unbearable feelings of rage, low self-esteem and depression?

Is your parent hypercritical, manipulative, and/or controlling?

Do you feel unsafe when you are with your parent because of verbal abuse, negligence, or inappropriate behavior?

No matter how much you do for your parent, is it never enough?

No one should have to endure an abusive, unhealthy relationship that threatens his or her well-being -- even if that relationship is with a parent. In this ground-breaking book, Beverly Engel draws on her own personal experience, as well as the stories and letters of other adult children, to offer a complete guide to why, when and how to divorce a parent. Engel discusses good and bad reasons for taking this step, when to stop trying to reconcile, and how to prepare yourself emotionally for the actual divorce, including such alternatives as temporary separation. If you do decide that parental divorce; how to handle n

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