- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781466202993
- ISBN-13: 978-1466202993
- ASIN: 1466202998
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,169,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Combs offers a practical guidebook for coping with setbacks and loss. Combs (Worst Enemy, Best Teacher, 2005, etc.) uses her extensive experience with cross-cultural conflict resolution to explore ways to survive tough times, even if they feel like conflicts “with the gods.” Although her expertise is evident, she avoids unnecessary jargon and offers down-to-earth, realistic advice that can be used in most difficult situations. Her humor and the sensibleness of her suggestions elevate this work above many in the self-help genre; not only is it useful, it’s a pleasure to read. Combs makes the innovative argument that people may be using excellent techniques to cope with grief, but they’ll still likely fail if they’re using those techniques at the wrong time. Thus, the organization of the book divides difficult times into four seasons, emphasizing that the best coping strategies for one season are not necessarily appropriate for the other seasons. The cycle begins with autumn, when things that have been cherished or people who have been loved “fall” away. Autumn is also the season for envisioning positive consequences, perhaps using a mantra or prayer to increase focus on those potential outcomes. And although American culture emphasizes action and confronting problems head-on, Combs cautions that during winter, people need to rest and gather strength. In spring, celebration and ritual are important in order to mark the ending of one phase of life and the transition to another. Summer represents the cycle’s end, when people are ready to move forward from their difficult circumstances and re-engage fully in life and relationships. In her discussion of each season, Combs offers specific recommendations for how to best cope with the emotions and tasks of that season. She provides multiple examples from countries and cultures, and she enlivens the text further with quotations from people of various ages, ethnicities, eras and professions. The uplifting conclusion is both a summary and inspiration. A useful grief guide with groundbreaking ideas, expert advice and a compassionate tone.
From Midwest Book Review:
"The strength to carry on in life rings through us universally. "Thriving Through Tough Times: Eight Cross-Cultural Strategies to Navigate Life's Ordeals" is a guide to finding the strength to push on when everything seems to go wrong. Taking notes from many cultural traditions and how to find greater success, "Thriving Through Tough Times" is a powerful and much recommended pick for motivational collections, highly recommended."
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I found the author's advice wise and heartfelt. I appreciated her sharing ways to help friends or loved ones who are struggling, as well as offering strategies from around the globe that will help you weather your own challenges.
Reading Deidre's book was like being sent a lifeline. Her map of the four seasons of loss gave me understanding, hope and solace and a way to put a frame around my journey. The metaphor gave me a new perspective on my pain, which eased much of my anxiety and panic. I felt less alone. I didn't take my hard time so personally. I realized that we all go through these seasons. It's not personal to me; it's not my fault; it's just life.
Deidre's wise words gave me structure - a plan - when I was caught in a tailspin and felt lost about what to do. She took me by the hand and helped me walk out of the shock and fight/flight. With her help, I was able to take the next step, and then the next, and then the next..
Her book was an invaluable guide in helping me find my way back home, and I highly recommend it for anyone who finds themselves in a hurting, tender place.