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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456353578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456353575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,055,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A video review from Garnet Mierau of Helping Children Through Divorce.

About the Author

When Jennifer McBride found herself unemployed and anxious after her divorce, she fell back on the only skill she had: writing. "I'd been out of the workforce for so long, I had no marketable skills. Being able to herd children and make quick, toaster oven meals wasn't exactly in high demand," she says. "Almost everyone already had someone filling that role in their home...and they were working for free." So she started writing. She wrote about her divorce. She wrote about her changed vision of herself. She wrote about everything she saw, felt, experienced, and thought. The results were two books: Touching the Trees and Cape of Leaves. "I loved finding my voice. And, I loved that my kids saw me pursuing my passion. They are as engaged in the creative and marketing processes as I am...even though they have no interest in actually reading anything I write, thank goodness, for now." Ms. McBride sees her books as stepping stones for many things. She's offered to meet with parenting, divorce support, church and social groups and donate a portion of the book proceeds to charities of their choice. "These books aren't just for me. They are to do good things for the people and world around me. I'm always floored when I get an email or a hug from someone who says I've captured their thoughts and feelings. It's amazing to have that connection to people." Ms. McBride lives with her family and the occasional long-term houseguest in Minnesota. When she's not taking advantage of the perfect northern summers by attending her kids' games, walking, and taking photographs, she's hunkered down in her office writing more and more. "This is what I love to do. It's what I hope to do for the rest of my life: raise my kids and write books. Who could ask for more?" More information about Jennifer McBride can be found at www.jmcbridedesigns.com.

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When Jennifer McBride found herself unemployed and anxious after her divorce, she fell back on the only skill she had: writing. "I'd been out of the workforce for so long, I had no marketable skills. Being able to herd children and make quick, toaster oven meals wasn't exactly in high demand," she says. "Almost everyone already had someone filling that role in their home ...and they were working for free."

So she started writing. She wrote about her divorce. She wrote about her changed vision of herself. She wrote about everything she saw, felt, experienced, and thought. The results were two books: Touching the Trees and Cape of Leaves.

"I loved finding my voice. And, I loved that my kids saw me pursuing my passion. They are as engaged in the creative and marketing processes as I am...even though they have no interest in actually reading anything I write, thank goodness, for now."

Ms. McBride sees her books as stepping stones for many things. She's offered to meet with parenting, divorce support, church and social groups and donate a portion of the book proceeds to charities of their choice. "These books aren't just for me. They are to do good things for the people and world around me. I'm always floored when I get an email or a hug from someone who says I've captured their thoughts and feelings. It's amazing to have that connection to others."

Ms. McBride lives with her family and the occasional long-term houseguest in Minnesota. When she's not taking advantage of the perfect northern summers by attending her kids' games, walking, and taking photographs, she's hunkered down in her office writing more and more.

"This is what I love to do. It's what I hope to do for the rest of my life: raise my kids and write books. Who could ask for more?"

More information about Jennifer McBride can be found at www.jmcbridedesigns.com.

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Jennifer connects with her readers. She uniquely combines nature and a difficult topic reminding us that we have the strength of mother earth. And when we feel all is at a loss and there is nothing else that we can draw strength from we just have to look through her book and look around to see the beauty in life and that the most unexpected things can bring strength and comfort to our soul.
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"Touching the Trees" is like taking a journey. Although the book is about Jennifer McBride's journey, it was easy for me to come along for the ride. She has a beautiful way of using words which makes the journey even more interesting and enjoyable.

The author is amazingly honest about her relationship with her parents, her divorce and her struggles with conflict. We witness the author realizing the similarities between her father and husband (both controlling men with "conditions"), breaking away from a power hungry, unfaithful husband, and morphing into a strong, independent woman who has finally found her true self and her true love.

One of my favorite lines in the book is during one of their marriage counseling sessions with their therapist, Zane (Chapter Fifteen: Traveling by Anger). The line comes just after she realizes she's upset with three people: her husband for what he's done to her, Zane for saying she's "chosen" this life and with herself:

"Then I used my anger, even in that infant form, as a vehicle for change."

This is where the author changes the course of the rest of her life.

Other favorite chapters include:
- Old Ladies
- Touching the Trees Part I
- Battleship
- The Last Jalapeno
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