- File Size: 1893 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Publisher: InsightStream, Inc. (March 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJTLCJ3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Something Gained: 7 Shifts to Be Stronger, Smarter & Happier After Divorce Kindle Edition
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Something Gained is Deb's desire to share her experience for your benefit. Consider this book as the first step you take in creating your own support network.
I bought this for a relative who’s going through a hard and contested battle, and figured this might help. Before I delivered it I thought, maybe I’ll just take a peek inside…
Deb Purdy writes with a clear and plain-spoken voice, yet her words are imbued with a certain grace. She’s not preachy —as a lot of self-help authors can be— but comes across as hopeful, caring and extremely positive. She uses anecdotes of clients, friends and acquaintances to illustrate the thesis of each chapter, details how a situation can be “shifted”, and then includes exercises intended to help the reader through the shift.
The idea of a “shift”, as opposed to “change”, is the grand and eloquent idea here. Ms Purdy recognizes early in the book that the idea of divorce as a point of failure is the primary challenge, and how, rather than represent mere change (with the attendant anger and resentment and self-blame) a divorce can be a voyage to self-enlightenment. Ms Purdy also recognizes the difficulty involved in shifting a point of view, and includes methods for gradual achievement.
So, having never been married, why read about divorce? This book served me as a guide to recognizing what I’ve gone through in co-parenting my now fully-grown and handsome, well adjusted son —what I’ve done well and done not-so-well. I also realized that it can serve as a guide through difficulties I’m facing with that son leaving the cozily-lined nest we built, as well as recent career issues I’ve faced and how I can still learn to be the hero of my own story. Deb Purdy’s book is by no means a panacea, but is a thoughtful, helpful and ultimately reassuring ode to learning to live a positive life.