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After undergoing treatment for breast cancer at forty-two, Johanna Maaghul's path was permanently altered. As an important part of her healing process she began to look closely at her own family story and ask the question, why do so many family relationships break down and how can they be reconciled? The Prodigal Family provides her own unique perspective on this ancient question. Johanna lives in northern California with her husband and three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449504248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449504243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,241,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Writer on October 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow. One insight after another, toppling over each other! I had to read it a chapter at a time, digest it, then dive in some more.

As a transplant to California, I often think of what I have lost being far from my extended family. Maaghul addresses loss such as this that are rarely acknowledged in our Nuclear Family world . . . but this is only a small part of what the book discusses.

My only regret with this book is that it seemed to be a hologram--that there is much more Maaghul has to say and that this is only a beginning . . . I hope she writes more! I will be buying coipes for many loved people in my life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Jay Harper on December 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
That is what it feels like to read this book, as if, in the Polynesian proverb title above, there is so much more to see beneath the skin on how childhood trauma runs to the DNA-depths of us. Indeed, this author opens her book with this insight: "The core energy field had been altered such that not only were the circles that contained and nurtured the family out of balance, but much of the structure, where a whole sphere of togetherness had once been, had been blown apart into tiny pieces of shrapnel."

Both as a therapist and victim of post-traumatic stress inflicted by parents that were such in name only, I felt Johanna's struggle for sanity and saluted her search for the meaning of suffering revealed in her book. For I too turned to science as much as religion in my Hero's Journey to find the pearl of great price, the gemstone that might be worth the pain I endured from my own genetic family's breach of contract. In fact, she says it so well in the opening chapter, it is worth repeating now in brief:

The Four Guiding Principles of Family Healing

1. We must take no prisoners.
The journey of family healing must be travelled by each individual member. One of my questions when writing this book was how much of my own family's history to share. It has been colorful, to say the least, but I veer from the track when I begin to focus on them and their role in my life rather than on the big picture of how the story of my family has helped me grow into who I was meant to be. ...
2. We must heal around that which cannot be healed. Forgiveness is the holy grail of all healing. There can be no healing in families if we are waiting for things to change.
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By Blevinson on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading this book it amazed me that a wife, a mother of three, a woman working full time in the world of computers, has so much wisdom, depth and insight and expresses herself eloquently in so few words. Johanna not only shares her personal "aha" moments but suggests simple exercises to help readers understand and find our "real selves." The book is short- no words are wasted. I highly recommend this book to any person who wants to look at their own life story and begin to understand sibling or family relationships, alienation and reconciliation. Life is full of possibilities for healing and growth.

If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.
- Mahatma Gandhi
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