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Healing From Family Rifts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Let the Healing Begin

    A wonderful book that gave me the power to heal. My mother had cut off all contact from me and I had found myself all alone. The book allowed me to pick up the pieces of my shattered psyche and put them back together one by one. It showed me that I can move on from the anguish, letting it fall away like leaves from a tree. More than anything, the burden of losing contact with a family member is a heavy one. But this book showed me how to lighten the load and continue living my life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Compassionate, Concrete and Constructive Help for Family Estrangement

    If you are experiencing a rupture in the family, I hope you do get Mark Sichel's book, Healing from Family Rifts. I did. I wish I had it years ago. After 11 years of learning to deal with my only child's addiction, and surviving a divorce after 24 years of marriage, Mark's book is opening up new avenues of exploration for my own life. There is great information and concrete ideas throughout Sichel's book. There are ideas to implement that help us deal with the problems involved in family estrangement. We discover ways to make meaning out of our experience - a meaning from which we can grow as individuals. Mark's ten step program gives us a way out of the trauma we have experienced. It will make you think. And thinking about our lives is always a positive good. As Socrates said, 'The unexamined life is not worth living.' Mark helps us examine our lives. I highly recommend Healing from Family Rifts for anyone dealing with family dysfunction and fracture. We've got nothing to lose but that pain we are feeling. We do have everything to gain - most importantly, our lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    This book is a must-read

    Mark Sichel's book offers practical and helpful advice from the first chapter to the last. I read about the book in the Ask Amy column in my newspaper (she replaced Ann Landers), bought it here, and have devoured it. His insight, compassion, and courage to share his personal experiences helped me to not feel crazy about the situation with my own family, and his practical suggestions for repairing a fractured family are like a Bible for the dysfunctional family. I highly recommend this book. I think other readers who have been suffering as I had will feel relieved, calmer, and saner after reading Sichel's book. If you're having estrangement issues or chronic feuding with your family, this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    Healing the Hurt

    My sister has always been explosive and has had a habit since we're children of  blowing up at me and saying she's never speaking with me again. After forty plus years of taking her abuse, about a year ago I said no more and I took her up on her offer.  . I finally feel I've done the right thing by not tolerating her nastiness and yelling at me and threatening me. The author gives good and practical advice about feeling better and getting over an abusive family situation  I highly recommend it for anyone dealing with a dysfunctional family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    This is a wonderful, helpful book.

    This book really cuts to the heart of the subject of losing one's family. What I really like about the book is the author's empathic and effective approach to understanding, coping, and finally recovering from the tragedy of involuntary exile from family or relative. Step by step, he makes it possible to understand and deal with an often deeply painful life trauma. Mr. Sichel gives us all the gory details: but the book is ultimately one of hope and healing. As someone who has in some measure experienced family cutoff, I found the book to be of great comfort and usefulness; and would unconditionally recommend it to anyone who faces similar circumstances, or to those who know a friend or loved one going through such an ordeal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Encouraging book for families dealing with estrangement

    Generally well done discussion of causes and solutions for dealing with the pain of estrangement within a family. Gives many examples and stories of people's experiences with estrangement and how they handled them. Offers specific positive actions that can be taken.

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