I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation

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In her bestselling classic The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis helped millions heal from the pain of child sexual abuse. Now, in I Thought We'd Never Speak Again, she tackles another critical, emerging issue: reconciling relationships that have been damaged by betrayal, anger, and misunderstanding.

With clarity and compassion, Davis maps the reconciliation process through gripping first-person stories of people who have mended relationships in a wide variety of circumstances. In these pages, parents reconcile with children, embittered siblings reconnect, angry friends reunite, and war veterans and crime victims meet with their enemies. Davis weaves these powerful accounts with her own experiences reconciling with her mother after a long, painful estrangement.

Making a crucial distinction between reconciliation and forgiveness, Davis explains how people can make peace in relationships without necessarily forgiving past hurts. In addition to a special section called "Ideas for Reflection and Discussion," she includes a self-assessment quiz, "Are You Ready for Reconciliation?"

Whether you want to reconcile a relationship that has ended, improve a relationship that is difficult or distant, or learn the skills you need for dealing with the inevitable conflicts we all face in life, this book will teach you to mend troubled relationships and find peace.

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Fallen out with your sister and can't seem to make up? Not speaking to your mother-in-law after a silly row? Haven't seen your father in years...? This text looks at the issues that tear people apart - from the extremes such as incest, violence and betrayal to the more everyday things that divide us such as money, sex and sibling rivalry. The author uses a practical approach to explore what causes conflict and provides detailed strategies to achieve reconciliation. Heartfelt practical advice and first person accounts reveal the process of mending emotional wounds by honouring and staying true to your own feelings. She explains that reconciliation is not the same as forgiveness and that it is possible to have a relationship without necessarily having to forgive.

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"Davis identifies a continuum of reconciliation, from the deep and transformative to the utilitarian... and distinguishes between reconciliation and forgiveness."--Booklist

Davis identifies a continuum of reconciliation, from the deep and transformative to the utilitarian... and distinguishes between reconciliation and forgiveness. --Booklist"

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