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Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller "(A gentle, entirely new approach to uncovering a source of spiritual strength hidden in the scars of childhood. Wayne Muller brings together the teachings of many different religions and spiritual traditions in a healing program that will appeal to readers of The Road Less Traveled and Homecoming. Contends that childhood pain can be the source of happiness and includes a twelve-step outline to help adult children of troubled families heal childhood wounds that are prohibiting happiness in adulthood)."
A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Sexual Fear & Pain by Aurelie Jones Goodwin, Marc E., Md. Agronin "(This gentle guide uses clinical examples and women's personal accounts to chart a course to sexual enrichment. Through exercises and suggestions for specific disorders, readers understand their own sexuality. 10 illustrations." The author states "Dear Readers, My co-author and I have written this book to be a comfortable and informative introduction to a very difficult subject. Sexual fear and pain is a hidden problem for many women, often associated with feelings of shame and depression, and sometimes hopelessness. In our book we have tried to illuminate a comfortable pathway towards understanding the nature of both sexuality and sexual problems, and towards recovery. We welcome your comments and suggestions about our efforts. Most importantly, we hope that this book can in the very least help affected women to begin a process of recovery, either alone or with the assistance of a therapist, that will serve to alleviate sexual fear and pain and restore fulfilling sexuality in relationships)."
Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl (Trying to work through my own PTSD, just recently I asked my father what the meaning of life is, and why there is so much tremendous tragedy and immense pain in this world. I was not prepared for his answer as I felt I was the only one in the universe that was experiencing post traumatic stress. He advised me to seek out Victor Frankl. I did. I was immediately humbled when I learned that Victor was a holocaust survivor in a concentration camp. This book is his most famous work. This book has truly assisted me in understanding that there can be meaning in suffering. There is much gold in this book. I highly recommend it and it is an easy read.
A reader from Connecticut says " I've always found it rather a cliché to say that a book has the power to change one's life. However, of any book that I've ever read, Viktor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning has come very close to doing so. For the first time, I have found a desire to read and re-read an individual book, and have already asked others to read it as well. While it would be a tad exaggerated to say that it actually changed my life, I can say that it has had some powerful effects on my perspective on life. For the most part, it has reinforced my existing beliefs, but it has also made many things clearer for me, including the importance of one's search for meaning in life. I found many parallels in Frankl's Logotherapy to William Glasser's Choice Theory, but Frankl's views were really more profound in many ways, due partly to his account of life in a concentration camp, and partly to his ties to existentialism.
Frankl's portrayal of life in the concentration camp moved me in many ways, and on more than one occasion while reading the book. From the beauty he was able to find in unexpected moments within the hellish world of a concentration camp, to his ability to remove himself from the experience in the most humble manner, Frankl portrayed a life of suffering and anguish beyond words as having rays of hope, and even, for some, a sense of meaning. This is simply remarkable, providing for the reader a new sense of perspective on all aspects of life. Additionally, Frankl's explanations of the psychological stages of an inmate are truly enlightening. Honestly, I find it difficult to find the words to describe the first portion of the book. While it is both informative and illuminating with regard to life in a concentration camp, it is also poignant and truly inspiring, written from a different perspective than most accounts of the same subject matter)."