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Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity

Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity

by Michelle Pearce

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What if there are people, just like some flowers, who require the dark to bloom?
When we are plunged into the dark and difficult times in life, one of three things can happen next: the darkness can destroy us; it can leave us relatively unchanged; or it can help to transform us. In this hope-inspiring guide, clinical psychologist, Michelle Pearce, PhD, provides practical tools and wisdom for transforming and thriving in adversity and loss. Just as some flowers require the dark to bloom, there are some people who do their best growing and becoming during dark and challenging times. With a compassionate voice, Pearce shares her clinical expertise, her own journey through the dark, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to help individuals learn how to heal and transform their lives not in spite of their difficult times, but because of them.

“Reading Night Bloomers is like having a dear friend right alongside you for support when most needed. Through stories, strategies, and writing prompts, Pearce provides powerful tools for building resilience, confidence, and joy. She reminds us that like plants, we don’t bloom just once, as she gently, masterfully paves a path for us to enjoy a lifetime of growing and blossoming. A ‘must-read’ for anyone seeking some light in the darkness.”
--Caroline Welch, CEO and cofounder of the Mindsight Institute and author of The Gift of Presence
“A gem of a book!  Michelle Pearce has written an enlightening guide for anyone trying to find the path through a dark time in life. Through the wisdom gleaned from psychological research and practice and the lessons learned from her own personal encounter with pain and loss, Pearce points the way to growth and transformation when hope is in short supply. Down-to-earth, compassionate, and inspirational, Night Bloomers should be on everyone's bookshelf.
--Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph. D. author of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

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ISBN-13: 9780486848181
Publisher: Ixia Press
Publication date: 09/16/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 656 KB

About the Author

Michelle Pearce is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. In private practice, she specializes in behavioral medicine and spirituality and health. Dr. Pearce has developed numerous wellness workshops and groups, including Writing for Wellness, and she is the author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Writing Yourself Through the Dark and into a New Perspective
Chapter 1: Setting an Intention to Bloom
Chapter 2: Grieving before Growing
Chapter 3: Supporting Your Bloom
Chapter 4: Being in the Dark
Chapter 5: Expanding Courageously
Chapter 6: Keeping Your Mind on Blooming
Chapter 7: Wrestling with the Diving Gardener
Chapter 8: Fertilizing with Love and Gratitude
Chapter 9: Mining the Mess
Chapter 10: Accepting and Letting Go
Chapter 11: Waiting and Watering
Chapter 12: Celebrating and Sharing the Harvest
How to Start Your Own Blooming Group

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