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I Love My Mother, But...: Practical Help to Get the Most Out of Your Relationship Paperback – March 1, 2011

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"Dr. Linda knows what matters to women and how to communicate truth with passion."
--Anita Renfroe, Comedian & Author


"I Love My Mother, But... is a great book to read for mothers and daughters who have wanted a better relationship.  I love the fact that she includes stories to illustrate the concepts, so it can be more easily understood by the reader.   This book is great resource for any Mother-Grown Up Daughter relationship.  I will refer it to many of my clients."
--Sandra Rawlings, MS, LPC, Fresh Touch Counseling Center

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.
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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I couldn't even get through the first few pages. The author makes some seriously flawed statements about feminists on the first page (no, feminists do not believe we marry our mothers). The book also completely fails to recognize the needs of the daughters. I sought this book when struggling with my relationship with a narcissistic mother (who I did not know was a narcissist at that time). Do not seek help from this book if you have a mother who is unwilling to discuss your relationship or admit to any wrongdoing, acts like previous conflicts between you are things you made up, or shames you for choosing a lifestyle different from her own. Also, if you are agnostic, atheist, not Christian or otherwise struggling with church/faith issues, don't rely on this book either, because it is completely Christianity-oriented. If your relationship with your mother involves experiences of past abuse, current control problems, and intimidation, seek a book that actually helps guide you on dealing with conflict and mental illness in your family. Because this book will not.
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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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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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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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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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This book has helped me with my journey in trying to find a common goal to find a way to build a relationship with my mother. This is teaching me to let go of the past hurts and try to understand maybe why she wasn't the loving kind of mother that I so desired growing up. GOD was the center of this book and it taught me the way to do things when it comes to having a meaningful relationship with my mother is to remember to do it GOD's way and not off of my emotion. I was so grateful to have found this book here on Amazon.
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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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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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