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01/17/2011 Nonfiction
Web Exclusive Making Divorce Work: 8 Essential Keys to Resolving Conflict and Rebuilding Your Life
Diana Mercer and Katie Jane Wennechuk, Perigee, $15 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-399-53623-6

This common-sense guide to surviving the stress and disappointments of divorce approaches the fear factor involved in such a big life upheaval with practical steps to facilitate healing. Setting the “peaceful divorce” as the ultimate goal to aim for, the authors offer easy-to-follow advice like giving your ex the benefit of the doubt and carefully following “8 Peace Practices.” One will remind readers of the critical role of self-care: “We recommend that you deal with your divorce the same way you would deal with facing a serious heath crisis.” In addition to insightful lists and journaling topics, Mercer and Wennechuk prompt readers to create their own “new beginnings mission statement.” Useful chapters on grief and forgiveness all underscore the necessity of taking the high road whenever possible. “Think of the people you’ve met who can’t wait to tell you how awful their former spouse is. They don’t realize that this reflects on them…after all, who would marry the monster they describe?” (Dec.)

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