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Making Divorce Work: 8 Essential Keys to Resolving Conflict and Rebuilding Your Life Paperback – December 7, 2010
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--Mira Kirshenbaum, author
"This most positive offering comes from family law mediator Mercer and certified divorce mediator Wennechuk, who claim that the way one proceeds with a divorce, whether amicably or acrimoniously, will directly influence the quality of life afterward....Anyone considering or getting a divorce would benefit from reading this book."
"Making Divorce Works translates Diana and Katie's unique mediation model into skills anyone can use and that will revolutionize the way people get divorced."
-Len Jacoby, founder, Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices
"Imagine a world in which instead of ruining your life your divorce could help you redefine your goals for yourself and your family. Making Divorce Work shows you how to make this happen in eight simple steps."
-Nell Merlino, author, Stepping Out of Line, CEO and Founder, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
"... chock full of simple, everyday, practical steps that can ease our way through a minefield so we come out not just with our sanity intact, but actually far more conscious as individuals. Its countless insights show how a breakup-whether we want it or wish to God it weren't happening-can end up actually advancing our wellbeing."
-David Robert Ord, author of Your Forgotten Self and Lessons in Loving
"...the book that every person facing a divorce must have. Many divorce books can be read---this book must be studied. The authors not only intuitively and insightfully understand what people going through divorce need and how they feel, they also offer self-help tools such as writing a Divorce Mission Statement to help readers prepare for success through this life challenging event."
-Forrest (Woody) Mosten, author of Collaborative Divorce Handbook and Complete Guide to Mediation.
"...brings consciousness, clarity, practical applicable wisdom, and common sense insight into what is undeniably one of the most heart- wrenching experiences any human being may have to face. ...a practical, creative, and healing tool to support not only those moving through this experience, but also those wishing to be of greater support when their loved ones are faced with such an extreme life change."
-Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process and Alchemy of the Heart
Top Customer Reviews
More importantly, it's not just a book about navigating the end of a marriage in the best and healthiest way -- much of the advice applies to the rest of us as well. That holds true about the chapters on The 8 Keys to Resolving Family Conflict and, especially, The 8 Peace Practices. She talks about listening, communicating, taking care of yourself, de-escalating, forgiveness and letting go -- things to which we all can relate. And for good measure, there are strong parallels between the emotion of the divorce process and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' five stages of dying.
Divorce is such a raw and emotionally fraught subject for the people involved, but Mercer, in her role as a mediator, well-versed in conflict resolution, gives a detailed road map for those about to head to the end of a marriage. But in the process, she gives the rest of us food for thought as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to believe that your life will be great after a divorce read this book. it is geared towards those who mistakenly belittle ther is no other option. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Norman Griese
My wife and I filed for a divorce. I soon found this book at my local library. It really helped me get through the difficult times and, along with seeing my counselor, begin to... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by G_W1Z
I had already read this before i bought it and just wanted it as a reference. there are a lot of helpful excersizes in the bookPublished on May 1, 2013 by rocky
There is a lot of information out there on divorce - but nothing comes close to the straight forward, no-nonsense advice offered here. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by V. Simon
Diana's and Katie's new book Making Divorce Work is absolutely a must read for anyone thinking about divorce, going through it, or trying to get past it whole and healthy. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D., Founder of Detente Mediation
Diana Mercer has created an excellent guide to making divorce work in the best possible ways. She encourages sane solutions and negotiation skills that result in win-win... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Rosalind Sedacca
Way to go Diana! I love your book. It is easy reading and actually enjoyable. You provide excellent, realisic examples and positive action steps...... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Mary J. Hoeller