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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736930590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736930598
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Linda Mintle is a national speaker and bestselling author of more than 15 books, including I Love My Mother, But..., Letting Go of Worry, and I Married You, Not Your Family. She appears regularly on several national television and radio shows and is a network news contributor. She also hosts her own website. In her general clinical practice, she specializes in marriage and family therapy, eating disorders, and infertility. A licensed clinical social worker, she holds a PhD in urban health and clinical psychology. She and her family live in Virginia.

More About the Author

Dr. Linda is a nationally recognized author and speaker with an impressive list of television and radio credits.

She is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Diplomat in Social Work. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Linda has been in clinical practice for over 20 years with specialties in eating issues and relationships.

Dr. Linda is an assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has served as an adjunct in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University and in the Graduate Psychology Department at Wheaton College. She also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School and held a clinical research position at the University of South Florida's Florida Mental Health Institute.

She writes professionally and for the mass market and hosts her own web site, www.drlindahelps.com. A regular columnist and contributor to several magazines, Dr. Linda has published numerous print articles as well as written for academic journals.

Dr. Mintle is the author of sixteen books: Kids Killing Kids, a book about preventing teen violence; Getting Unstuck, a book to help free women from depression, anxiety and eating disorders; Divorce Proofing Your Marriage, a divorce prevention book endorsed by Dr. Laura and recently re-titled, I married You, Not Your Family; Breaking Free, a six booklet series covering the topics of depression, anger and unforgiveness, negative self-image, stress, anorexia and bulimia, and compulsive overeating; A Daughter's Journey Home: Finding a way to love, honor and connect with your mother, a book designed to help mothers and daughters develop more intimate connections; Lose it for Life, a book co-authored with Stephen Arterburn that presents a holistic plan for losing weight and keeping it off; Overweight Kids, newly retitled, Raising Healthy Kids in an unhealthy world, written to help parents deal with the current epidemic of childhood obesity and overweight; Making Peace With Your Thighs, a book designed to help women accept their bodies, get off the scales and on with their lives; and her latest Press Pause Before You Eat, a book to help you say goodbye to mindless eating and hello to the joys of eating.

Dr. Linda is a regular speaker at national and local conferences. In addition, she lectures at colleges and universities as a Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecturer. She has appeared many times on national television and radio programs and was the resident expert for ABC Family's Living the Life television show for seven years. She is currently a national news contributor.

Dr. Linda received her Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Urban Health Services and Clinical Psychology. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications, both from Western Michigan University. Married for 31 years and the mother of two, Dr. Linda currently lives in Virginia with her family.

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A nice book about mother and daughter relationship.
Sylvia C
It was very well written and Dr. Linda provides many insights that are biblical and attainable.
Jonathan Cash
Highly recommend every woman give this book a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book offers a compassionate yet not-too-sentimental approach to dealing with strained mother-daughter relationships. Dr. Mintle draws from both her personal experiences and her practice as a therapist to identify the reasons that this relationship is so often difficult. Though I may not be able to change my mother, this book helped me find my voice in this relationship while respecting my mother and her perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Marquardt on March 2, 2011
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From the point of view having been a pastor for almost 30 years, and almost 9 years as a denominational leader, I found this book sensitive and practical in dealing with the complexity of relationships. Grace, forgiveness and empathy are highlighted as the author makes the distinction between forgiveness and reconciliation. She encourages all daughters to do their best to make peace and work on intimate relationships. In a culture that tells you to move on, get your needs met no matter what, the concept of honor and doing the hard work of relationships gets lost. Dr. Mintle acknowledges that even in the most difficult of relationships, we are still responsible to God for the way we react. I could not agree more. The help she offers will move you forward if you are stuck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on April 14, 2011
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My first thought on receiving this book was, "at last, a book on the complex relationship between mother and daughter!" How many times have we heard 'you drive me crazy!' from one or the other--mother or daughter?

I Love My Mother, But... should be mandatory reading for every woman. It is packed with inspirational and common sense approaches to understanding and preventing the hurt and misunderstandings that come with the close female vs female dynamic.

Chapters include: Now, Let's All Just Stay Calm; Anger at Our Impossible Mothers; Handling Conflict; I Am My Mother?; Families: The Ties That Define; and more.

Sometimes our expectations are unrealistic. This book will help sort out those expectations and open our eyes to healthy possibilities. 5 stars*****

(Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for my review copy.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Cash on April 5, 2011
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This book was very helpful to me when I thought there was no way I would ever be able to speak to my mom again. It was very well written and Dr. Linda provides many insights that are biblical and attainable. I am so thankful to have had this book as a resource that supports God's word and helps me to practically apply it in my life. I recommend this book to anyone having struggles with their mom, or even seeking to understand her.
Tina Cash
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By book mama on March 30, 2011
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Many of us dream of having that wonderful relationship with our mothers in which we enjoy being with them, maybe shopping, talking, sharing our hearts or a cup of coffee. But many of us have anything but the ideal! This book provides hope and healing that your mother/daughter relationship can change for the better, then gives practical ways that can happen. Dr. Mintle speaks with love, compassion and expertise as both a professional counselor and mother/daughter herself. As a result,the information is comprehensive yet easy to understand. This is a book that you'll want to underline, highlight and read over and over again as you allow the Lord to bring healing and hope to your heart. And I believe it'll bring you one step closer to having that "dream relationship" you've longed for with your mother and/or daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy H. Reding on March 21, 2011
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Even with an extremely difficult relationship with your mother, it is vital to know what more you can do to improve it if possible.
It is also essential to understand the differences between forgiveness and reconciliation. No matter how complicated your mother/daughter relationship, or even if you just want to know how to improve a basically good one, this book belongs in your library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Barstow on March 1, 2011
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In any relationship, it is easy to focus on what the other person is doing, but Dr. Mintle focuses the reader on what she can do to make things different. She takes us on a journey of looking at our expectations, anger, areas of conflict and teaches us the importance of empathy, forgiveness and grace. This book will not only help in your mother-daughter relationship but in all other relationships. Each chapter ends with thought points that help the reader think through the application of the content. This book will challenge you to be a better person and daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diamond Daughter on March 22, 2011
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A great read if you are eager to start and improve your relationship to your mother. This book will help you stop feeling guilty for any dual feeling you could feel for your mother! Thank you Dr. Linda!
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