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Family Estrangements: How They Begin, How to Mend Them, How to Cope with Them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    Great Advice for Reconnecting!

    What a terrific book on a subject too often swept under the rug--estranged family members who are heartsick about their loss. The reasons for estrangements are right on target: divorce, in-laws, coming out issues, death and inheritance, family business conflicts and mixed marriages. Every family has or had one or more of these types of estrangements. With this book, you can learn how to reconnect with the person you love. In easy-to-read language, the author provides a great roadmap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    Simplistic Counseling

    Although the author gives a historical perspective, countless 'stories' and ends each chapter with 'suggestions', unless you happen to fit into a 'story' the whole chapter may be irrelevent. It is my hope that people are not misled into thinking that estrangements can be resolved with such a book. Some suggestions are good and sound, but can not replace professional counseling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    Pure Drivel

    A one-sided view of family problems, putting all of the fault onto the children despite the fact that we were RAISED by these older 'adults'. Does NOT address issues with parents who have problems letting go, honoring thier adult children's views or giving their children a sense of space. A poorly executed book that will make a lot of grandparents and mothers-in-law feel better without truly offering them the chance to change themselves. SKIP THIS ONE if you know what is good for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001


    Barbara LeBey's book will prove useful for anyone who wishes to build and nuture healthy family connections whether estrangements have occurred or togetherness and compatibility are unquestioned. It clearly states both sides, is well researched and organized, the writing style both lively and straight forward. 'Family Estrangements' should be particularly recommended for young couples who are in the beginning stages of forming bonds with future or new in-laws. I wish it had been available for me when I was a new bride, but as LeBey says, 'It's never too late!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Best Self-Help Book

    I've never read a self-help book that offered so much help without preaching, so much hope without patronizing, and the kind of wisdom and insight that is at once comforting(you are not alone) and enlightening (full of fascinating information). You will learn about the dynamics that go into creating family rifts. You will read heartbreaking stories of estrangements and heartwarming stories of how many of these decade-long rifts finally mended. Barbara LeBey's wise and comforting words were borne of her own personal estrangement with her son and she immediately reaches out to the reader because she's 'been there' herself. There are also some compelling early chapters that vividly and intelligently explain why and how family estrangements went on the increase during the last 40 years and continue to dramatically escalate. LeBey puts this information in historical perspective so that we have the added dimension of understanding the evolution of these unhappy changes within a family. But above all, through the true and poignant stories that she relates (from the many people she interviewed), I took great comfort in realizing that I can go about mending an estrangement in my own family. Barbara LeBey has given me the tools with which to do it.

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