The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook

The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook

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by Daphne Rose Kingma

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Daphne Rose Kingma offers ten deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for addressing despair on practical, emotional, and spiritual levels.See more details below


Daphne Rose Kingma offers ten deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for addressing despair on practical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

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Publishers Weekly
Known primarily for books on relationships (Coming Apart), Kingma’s latest is a lifeline for those in the isolating depths of personal tragedy. Its purpose is to hold, to heal, and to listen, and it comes from a very real place: a friend of the author’s in the midst of physical and financial hardships asked for a list of 10 practices to survive his crisis. With chapters dedicated to the necessity of tears, the freedom of letting go, and the fulfillment found in simple living, these techniques are all about practicality. Realistic indeed, yet underlying the straightforward advice is an enlivening spiritual message that isn’t content with just soldiering on through the darkness. “Rather than being random assaults from an uncaring universe, the difficulties you are going through have meaning and purpose,” the author writes. Kingma relates her worldly and spiritual survival tools in graceful prose and includes illustrative, though somewhat broad, real-life stories of people who rise above catastrophe. This work is about more than just getting by; it directs the reader toward transcendence and peace. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Kingma (Real Life, Real Love) writes for readers whose lives are being wrenched apart by sudden job loss, the death of a loved one, financial ruin, or a dire medical diagnosis. When any of these things happens, either separately or simultaneously, Kingma offers a list of ten ways whereby readers can eventually learn that their difficulties have meaning and purpose. A particularly helpful lesson urges letting go of coping strategies that no longer work. For those lost in the turbulence of life, Kingma offers a genuine hand through.
From the Publisher

“Anyone going through a dark night of the soul needs to have this book. It will be your closest companion and your most tender angel. Daphne Rose Kingma more than speaks to your soul; she knows how to heal it.”
Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

“What if, during the worst times you can imagine, you felt a warm and steady hand on your back guiding you forward? What if it helped you remember to turn toward what can be possible instead of against yourself or away from what you are afraid of? This book is that hand. Put it by your bedside and you’ll sleep better. Read it and you’ll live better.”
Dawna Markova, PhD, cocreator of Random Acts of Kindness

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Meet the Author

An inspirational author, relationship coach, and spiritual guide, Daphne Rose Kingma is the author of eleven books on love and relationships, including the bestsellers Coming Apart, The Men We Never Knew, True Love, The Future of Love, and Loving Yourself. Her books have sold more than one million copies and have been translated into fifteen languages.

Dubbed the “love doctor” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Daphne specializes in working with individuals and couples to enhance the quality of their relationships and bring more love into their lives. She is the creator of the Relationship Intensive, a highly specialized weekend relationship workshop tailored to meet the needs of individual couples. It uses psychological and spiritual principles to resolve core relationship issues and help couples break through to new levels of communication, joy, and intimacy.

A six-time guest on Oprah, Daphne has appeared on numerous other television shows and networks, including Charlie Rose and CNN, as well as hundreds of radio programs. Her work has appeared in a host of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Mademoiselle, Self, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Dallas Morning News. A highly sought-after speaker, Daphne presents keynotes to audiences throughout the United States and in Europe and regularly conducts workshops for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and the Recreer Foundation in Paris, France. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

To learn more or to inquire about keynotes or personal consultation, visit her online at

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