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  1. 6.0 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    A moving and surprisingly funny memoir about finding the right balance between anger and compassion. “Why aren’t you angry?” people often asked Martin Moran after he told his story of how he came to forgive the man who sexually abused him as a boy. At first, the question pissed him off. Then, it began to haunt him. Why didn’t he have more anger? Why had he never sought redress for the crime committed against him? Was his fury hidden, buried? Was he not man enough? Here he was, an adult in mid-life, with an established acting career, a husband. A life. And yet the question of rage began to obsess him. As the narrative jumps from dream to memory to theory, from Colorado to New York to Johannesburg, Moran takes us along on his quest to understand the role of rage in our lives. Translating for an asylum seeker and survivor of torture, he wonders how the man is not consumed with the wrong done him, only to shortly thereafter find himself in a wild confrontation with his fuming stepmother at his father’s funeral. He admires a pedestrian’s furious put-down of a careless driver, and then, observing with a group of sex therapists at an S&M dungeon, he finds himself unexpectedly moved by the intimacy of the interchanges. Hiking the Rockies with his troubled younger brother, he’s confronted by the anger and the love that seem to exist simultaneously and in equal measure between them. With each encounter, we move more deeply into the human complexities at the heart of this book: into how we wrong and are wronged, how we seek redress but also forgiveness, how we yearn to mend what we think broken in us and liberate ourselves from what’s past. It is in this landscape of old wounds and complicated loves that Moran shows us how rage may meet compassion and our traumas unexpectedly open us to the humanity of others.

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    All The Rage

    6.0 hrs • 7/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.9 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    If you are interested in this book, chances are you know that you are in an abusive relationship and want out. You may be looking for help to decide what to do next. You may be looking for information about what you can do about your situation. You may be ready to leave but are unsure how to go about it. You may not even be sure if you are being abused, but you have a feeling that something isn’t quite right at home or with your significant other. This book aims to give you all the answers you need to decide if you are in an abusive relationship and what you should do if you are. This book will help you decide whether you are being abused, how the abuse can affect you and others around you, and what you can do to get out of an abusive situation. There are no easy answers to abuse. Oftentimes, people who are caught in the cycle of abuse may feel like they have no way out. They may feel like they don’t deserve any better than what they currently have. They may feel like a complete failure for letting their life spiral so far out of control that they don’t even know what to do next. They often blame themselves for the abuse, and therefore, because it is their fault, they can’t even imagine that there is a way out. They may not be able to see a way out at all. You may feel that these words describe you perfectly. Feeling trapped is common. To make a change in an abusive relationship takes a lot of courage and a lot of strength, plus some help. But I am here to tell you that you deserve better than being abused. You deserve to be happy, to be treated well, and to pursue your dreams. You deserve to get out and rebuild your life. I will not promise quick or easy answers. What I will talk about is how you can start rebuilding your life beginning now. Take back your life, and you’ll be so happy you did.

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    Enough! by L. David Harris

    Enough!

    2.9 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.2 hrs • 12/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Sexual abuse knows no religious or social boundaries. The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this form of abuse. Dr. Allender explores the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse and lays hold of the hope buried there by the One, whose unstained image we all bear. The Wounded Heart also includes information about false memory issues.

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    The Wounded Heart

    Foreword by Dr. Larry Crabb
    Read by Arthur Morey
    10.2 hrs • 12/30/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.2 hrs • 10/31/2015 • Unabridged

    Based on Dharma talks by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and insights from participants in retreats for healing the inner child, Reconciliation is an exciting contribution to the growing trend of using Buddhist practices to encourage mental health and wellness. Reconciliation focuses on the mindful awareness of our emotions and the healing of our relationships as well as meditations and exercises to acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us experienced as children. Hanh shows how anger, sadness, and fear can become joy and tranquility by learning to breathe with, explore, meditate, and speak about our strong emotions. Written for a wide audience and accessible to people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions, Reconciliation offers specific practices designed to bring healing and release for people suffering from childhood trauma.

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    Reconciliation by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Reconciliation

    4.2 hrs • 10/31/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.8 hrs • 6/25/2015 • Unabridged

    Running on Empty is the first self-help book about emotional neglect: an invisible force from your childhood which you can’t see, but may be affecting you profoundly to this day. It is about what didn’t happen in your childhood, what wasn’t said, and what cannot be remembered. Do you sometimes feel as if you’re just going through the motions in life? Are you good at looking and acting as if you’re fine, but secretly feel lonely and disconnected? Perhaps you have a fine life and are good at your work, but somehow it’s just not enough to make you happy. If so, you are not alone. The world is full of people who have an innate sense that something is wrong with them. Who feel they live on the outside looking in, but have no explanation for their feeling and no way to put it into words. Who blame themselves for not being happier. If you are one of these people, you may fear that you are not connected enough to your spouse, or that you don’t feel pleasure or love as profoundly as others do. Perhaps when you do experience strong emotions, you have difficulty understanding or tolerating them. You may drink too much, or eat too much, or risk too much, in an attempt to feel something good. In over twenty years of practicing psychology, many people have arrived in Jonice Webb’s office, driven by the threat of divorce or the onset of depression, or by loneliness, and said, “Something is missing in me.” Running on Empty will give you clear strategies for how to heal, and offers a special chapter for mental health professionals. In the world of human suffering, this book is an emotional smart bomb meant to eradicate the effects of an invisible enemy.

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    Running on Empty

    7.8 hrs • 6/25/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.7 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Through reflections, exercises, and clear explanations, psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori helps adult sons and daughters heal the wounds left by mothers who failed to provide the essential ingredients that every child needs. Was your mother too busy, too tired, or too checked-out to provide you with the nurturing you needed as a child? Men and women who were “undermothered” as children often struggle with intimate relationships, in part because of their unmet need for maternal care. The Emotionally Absent Mother will help you understand what was missing from your childhood, how this relates to your mother’s own history, and how you can fill the “mother gap” byexamining the past with compassion for yourself and your mother;finding the child inside of you and learning to mother yourself;opening to the archetype of the good mother; andallowing friends and loved ones to provide support, guidance, and other elements of good mothering that you missed. Psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori traces perceived personal “defects” back to mothering deficits, relieving self-blame. And, by teaching today’s undermothered adults to cultivate the mothering they missed, she helps them secure a happier future—for themselves and their children.

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    The Emotionally Absent Mother

    6.7 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 11.7 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Even if you’ve read Why Does He Do That?, it may be hard to see the truth of what is happening to you. You may feel overwhelmed by confusion, loss, and fear, and find yourself looking away from the truth and falling back into traumatic patterns. Like a constant friend, this collection of meditations is a source of strength and reassurance designed to speak to women like you, women in relationships with angry and controlling men. It helps you to digest what is happening a piece at a time, so that you can gain clarity, safety, and freedom. To learn to value and respect yourself—even when your partner makes it very clear that he does not—each day centers on one of seven themes designed to empower, encourage, and inspire you.

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    Daily Wisdom for Why Does He Do That?

    11.7 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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    8.3 hrs • 12/16/2014 • Unabridged

    According to UNICEF, growing up with domestic violence is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, affecting more than a billion people. Yet, too few people are aware of the profound impact it can have. Invincible seeks to change this lack of awareness and understanding with a compelling look at this important issue, informing and inspiring anyone who grew up living with domestic violence—and those who love them, work with them, teach them, and mentor them. Through powerful first-person stories, including the author’s own experiences, as well as insightful commentary based on the most recent social science and psychology research, Invincible not only offers a deeper understanding of the concerns and challenges of domestic violence, but also provides proven strategies everyone can use to reclaim their lives and futures.

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    Invincible

    8.3 hrs • 12/16/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.6 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    Cherry Tigris holds nothing back as she narrates her edgy and thought-provoking memoir, Toilet Paper People. Her unwavering attitude and true grit are captured in this jaw-dropping account of child abuse. Building armies of dolls out of toilet paper in order to distract herself from beatings and neglect at the hands of her mentally ill adoptive mother, Cherry Tigris creates a fantasy world of lovers and fighters who will teach her life’s most crucial lessons—and delivers an ending no one saw coming. What could have been a sad story becomes a miraculous story of survival that will touch the hearts of listeners everywhere.

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    Toilet Paper People by Cherry Tigris

    Toilet Paper People

    Produced by Made for Success
    4.6 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.3 hrs • 1/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A guide to leaving painful, destructive relationships behind—both at home and at workToxic relationships often come disguised as seemingly normal ones. These subtly destructive relationships are characterized by the slow erosion of self-esteem, a loss of personal identity, or a growing desire to please friends, partners, and family members who are impossible to please.In this uplifting and informative audiobook, transpersonal psychotherapist Avril Carruthers will take a close look at adult relationships to show why we get involved in toxic relationships in the first place, and instruct the listener on how to recognize if they’re involved in one. Once the toxic relationship is identified, the author shows the listener how to begin their journey toward healing and how to meet the world with a new kind of confidence, so that the cycle of toxic relationships can be broken once and for all. What Carruthers teaches is just how possible it can be to learn how to recognize the manipulative or sweetly corrosive partner, the family dynamics that make Christmas and other get-togethers seem like hell, or the nightmare boss who causes daily torment—and that we can learn to leave these painful, destructive patterns behind forever.

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    Freedom From Toxic Relationships

    7.3 hrs • 1/1/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 25.6 hrs • 2/5/2013 • Unabridged

    Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors’ extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally. This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: – Contemporary research on trauma and the brain – An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices – Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences – The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years – The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field – Insights from the authors’ decades of experience Cherished by survivors and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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    The Courage to Heal

    25.6 hrs • 2/5/13 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.8 hrs • 1/29/2013 • Unabridged

    “But what about me?”“Is it possible to go one day without dealing with the survivor’s issues?”“Will we ever make love again?”“Will the survivor love me in the end?”“How do I know if I should throw in the towel?” Based on in-depth interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners—girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers—trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way. She shows couples how to deepen compassion, improve communication, and develop an understanding of healing as a shared activity. Addressing partners’ most important questions, Allies in Healing covers: – The Basics—answers common questions about sexual abuse.– Allies in Healing—introduces key concepts of working and growing together.– My Needs and Feelings—teaches partners to recognize, value, and express their own needs.– Dealing with Crisis—includes strategies for handling suicidal feelings, regression, and hopelessness.– Intimacy and Communication—offers practical advice on dealing with distancing, control, trust, and fighting.– Sex—provides guidelines for coping with flashbacks, lack of desire, differences in sexual needs, and frustration.– Family Issues—suggests a range of ideas for interacting with the survivor’s family.– Partners’ Stories—explores the struggles, triumphs, and courage of eight partners.

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    Allies in Healing

    8.8 hrs • 1/29/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.3 hrs • 3/8/2011 • Unabridged

    Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking, four-year-old Tracy was ecstatic to have a father figure in her life. A loving and devoted step-father, Donnie introduced Tracy’s family to the joys of fishing, deer hunting, camping, and hiking among the most pristine mountains of rural Idaho. Donnie was everything Tracy dreamed a dad would be—protective, brave, and kind. But when his dependence on his eight-year-old daughter’s companionship went too far, everything changed. Once Donnie’s nighttime visits began, Tracy’s childhood became a confusing blend of normal little girl moments and the sickening, secret invasion of her safety. Tormented by this profound betrayal, Tracy struggled to reconcile deeply conflicting feelings about her stepfather: on the one hand, fear and loathing, on the other hand, the love any daughter would have for her father. It was not until she ran away from home as a teenager that her family was forced to confront the abuse—and it tore them apart. At sixteen, realizing that she must take control of her own future, Tracy sent herself to boarding school and began the long slow process of recovery. There, in the woods of Northern Michigan, Tracy felt called back to the natural world she had loved as a child. Over the next twenty years, the mountains and rivers of North America provided Tracy with strength, confidence, comfort, and inspiration. From trekking through the glaciers of Alaska to guiding teenagers through the deserts of Utah, Tracy pushed herself to the physical limit on her way to becoming whole again. Yet, as she came into her own, found love, and even started a family, Tracy realized that in order to truly heal she had to confront her stepfather about the demons from the past haunting them both. The Source of All Things is a stunning, unforgettable story about a wounded daughter, her stepfather, and a mistake that has taken thirty years and thousands of miles of raw wilderness to reconcile. Only Tracy can know if Donnie is forgivable. But one thing is for certain: In no other story of abuse does a survivor have as much strength, compassion, bravery, and spirit as Tracy displays in The Source of All Things

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    The Source of All Things

    7.3 hrs • 3/8/11 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.4 hrs • 1/16/2009 • Unabridged

    It’s not a new idea that men tend to express their anger differently than women do. Years of research have shown that men—for many different and complex reasons—are often more violent and less willing to confront and deal with their emotions than women. Now Beyond Anger shows the angry and miserable man how to change his life and relationships for the better. Dr. Thomas J. Harbin helps men understand their anger by explaining what the specific symptoms of chronic anger are and by showing angry men how their actions negatively affect family, friends, and co-workers. He offers simple exercises—developed especially for men—that will help men to control their violent feelings, identify when and why they get angry, and to form new habits to prevent anger before it starts. Women, too, will learn essential strategies for understanding and helping the angry men in their lives. Free of fancy doctor talk and complicated theories, Beyond Anger talks to men in everyday language and provides a wealth of important resources. It is an invaluable guide for the many men struggling to come to terms with their inner battles and to take positive action, and for everyone who has an angry man in their life.

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    Beyond Anger

    7.4 hrs • 1/16/09 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.2 hrs • 10/8/2008 • Unabridged

    In More than Money, Albion redefines the typical way the risk/reward equation is written, using his own life story and those of the many entrepreneurs, executives, and MBAs he’s met as both cautionary and inspirational tales. He introduces a framework of four crucial questions to consider when thinking about your career choices, as well as “lifelines”—principles that can help you answer these questions. A consciousness-raising book rather than a how-to guide, More than Money encourages MBA students to give themselves permission to be who they really want to be and find their path of service, for, as Albion says, in the end “we won’t remember you for the size of your wallet as much as the size of your heart.”

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    More than Money by Mark Albion

    More than Money

    4.2 hrs • 10/8/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.2 hrs • 1/11/2005 • Unabridged

    The Pelzer family’s secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer’s inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called “It,” followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother’s wrath to his ultimate liberation, here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer’s touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.

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    A Brother's Journey

    7.2 hrs • 1/11/05 • Unabridged
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