In my work with clients I have found a few books that clients seem to relate to much better than others. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few of my favorites.
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Books for families of addicts:
First Aid for Enablers by Dr. David Curry
This is an easy to read book that clearly and compassionately speaks about the struggles of trying to love an addict. I recommend this book highly.
Books for Relationships:
Getting the Love you Want, by Harville Hendrix
I first read this book years ago and found the material helpful in my own life. I have had many clients report that this helped them look at relationship problems in a new way.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by John Gottman and Nan Silver
This book is solution oriented and is loaded with tips to use in daily life.
Anyway, Finding personal meaning in a crazy world
A book for teenagers and adults re: how not to get stuck when life is unfair and dysfunctional. I have read this book many times and recommend it highly.
Books on loss and grieving:
Tear Soup, by Pat Schwieber and Chuck DeKlyen
A gentle book that emphasizes some of the different ways people respond to loss and the storybook format makes it much more user friendly. It may look like a book for children, but it has a message for all ages.
Sad isn't bad, by Michaelene Mundy A good book for kids ages 5 - 10 (approximately) that talks about things they may feel when they lose someone they love. It offers encouragement and suggestions for handling those feelings.
The thing you think you cannot do, by Gordon Livingston MD In smaller print it says thirty truths about fear and courage, this is a great book about anxiety by a thoughtful psychiatrist who wants to do more than just write prescriptions to help people cope with anxiety.
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