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Anyone hurting can learn from the women in the book and find new stories that will sustain them. Embers is for those who live with catastrophe now and want to know how to act when action is possible and how to let go when letting go is necessary. It's also for those who will face difficulties in the future and are willing to ask hard questions and participate in challenging conversations in order to arrive at ethical possibilities.
About the Author:
Ellen Pulleyblank Coffey, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a community and family practice in Berkeley, California. She specializes in working with families facing major upheavals and consults with community agencies in the U.S. and Kosovo. She is known internationally for her teaching, workshops, and presentations. Everyone needs stories for survival in hard times. Six women take readers on multiple pathways leading to new survival stories. This book is for those who live with catastrophe now and for those who will face hardship in the future.
Posted November 19, 2007
Some people break when hard times come into their life others grow stronger. Ellen Pulleyblank Coffey shares the stories of women that faced adversity and how they survived. Despite differences in culture all people face difficulties. It is through sharing these stories we learn to cope. As a child Ellen¿s family avoided discussing things that were unpleasant. Perhaps that thought they were sheltering and protecting her. Such experiences though painful, prepare us for the tragedies of life. Ellen¿s husband died of ALS. He lived on a respirator for several years until he turned it off. Zepa was in her early seventies, living in war torn Kosova. One day the soldiers came and murdered her husband and sons. Zepa assumed the role of leaded in a culture where only men lead. Her strength held her family together. Even in her grief, she showed the tenacity to take action and save her family. Her story inspired Ellen to listen to and record the many tales in Blowing On Embers. The stories are divided into categories: Keepers rely on history and traditions of their families for strength and a source to assist them to survive adversity. Seekers ¿focus on the present and search across age groups and cultures to find alternatives that strengthen their sense of independence. ¿Teachers connect their personal suffering with the suffering of others.¿ We need to be prepared for disaster, for every one of us will face it in some form. There are three phases of a catastrophe: ¿Crisis the unexpected events in our lives that leave us ¿overwhelmed and unable to think straight.¿ Life as we know it changes forever. In our struggles we want to withdrawal from others into a world of isolation, but we discover that we need people. Renewal is a time to go forward with new possibilities. Blowing on Embers: Stories for Hard Times by Ellen Pulleyblank Coffey is a book we can all learn from. Regardless of whether you are facing a catastrophe now or will face one in the future ,Blowing on Embers: Stories for Hard Times is a book that will strengthen you and will warm you heart. I found this book to be both touching and supportive. Ellen has a talent for describing the situations I found myself drawn into the midst of the story. I found myself wiping the tears out of my eyes. I enjoyed this book. It is with honor that I highly recommend it to all for we all face adversity in our lives. Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 10/07Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.