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  1. 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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  2. 5.4 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    You’ll believe in miracles after reading this one! With his bare hands and a soul-numbing smirk, he violently twisted Denair’s neck and slowly began choking her to death! Her mind raced, “What does he mean it’s my fault? I have to die tonight?” Run for Your Life: From Victim to Victor is an intriguing cat and mouse tale of how Denair Marie, an aspiring attorney, fled her dream job and her amazing new home. She ran for her life after her ex-boyfriend, who was charged with attempting to murder her, jumped bond and led federal Marshals on a harrowing chase. This monster was bent on silencing the only witness standing between him and a ten-year prison sentence. Her perpetrator didn’t know that Denair had an uncanny ability to run and survive. He didn’t have a clue she overcame living in subfreezing temperatures for months at a time as a nine-year old. He had no idea she’d endured growing up in the worst housing project in New York City, or that her mom miraculously survived a brutal attack where she was stabbed more than sixty times. This riveting memoir offers living, breathing proof that anyone can break free of violent, destructive bonds, in their race from Victim to Victor.

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    Run for Your Life

    5.4 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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    9.7 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    In this haunting modern Dickensian story that is a literary tour de force, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry chronicles a shameful case of exploitation and abuse in America’s heartland, involving a group of developmentally disabled men and the advocates who helped them find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, a group of intellectually disabled men, all from Texas, lived in a tired old schoolhouse. Every morning, well before dawn, they were bussed to a processing plant to eviscerate turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. From 1974 until 2009, the men lived in near servitude, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious government lawyer helped these men achieve their freedom. New York Times columnist Dan Barry reveals how these men in an Iowa schoolhouse remained nearly forgotten for more than three decades. Drawing on exhaustive interviews, he dives deeply into their lives, recording their memories and suffering, their tender moments of joy and persistent hopefulness—their endurance of harrowing circumstances. Barry explores why this small heartland town remained all but blind to the men’s plight, details how those responsible for such profound neglect justified their actions, and chronicles the lasting impact of a dramatic court case that has spurred advocates—as well as President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people with disabilities. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is inspired storytelling and a clarion call for vigilance—an American tale that holds lasting reverberations for all of us.

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    The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

    The Boys in the Bunkhouse

    9.7 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.7 hrs • 2/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Sorprende que una actividad tan trascendental como formar y conservar una familia sea emprendida sin ninguna preparación ni concocimiento y que, peor aún, esté rodeada de un cúmulo de mitos, ideas erróneas y prejuicios transmitidos a través de las generaciones. El principio de esta confusión es creer que nacemos con una programación genética para llevarla a cabo. Otro malentendido es suponer que no existen salidas ante las crisis familiares o que están fuera de nuestro alcance. Lizi Rodríguez, a partir de una amplia experiencia profesional, afirma que el exito familiar debe ser un estilo de vida y gozarse a plenitud. Aprender a reconocer cuáles con los problemas más comunes y saber cómo afrontarlos es el primer paso hacia su solución. En estra obra el lector encontrará las claves para manejar los aspectos conflictivos de: la parejala sexualidadla familia políticala infidelidadlas adicionesel dinerola educacion de los hijosla violencia intrafamiliarel divorcioel duelo

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    Manual para el exito familiar

    4.7 hrs • 2/20/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.1 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? What if we systematically misunderstand that cause? And what if, as a result, we systematically perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve? From the authors of Leadership and Self-Deception comes an international bestseller that instills hope and inspires reconciliation. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us.

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    The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition by the Arbinger Institute
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    4.3 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    What does it mean to really live life? Marc Swift takes us on a tender journey of unexpected twists and turns that ends in a celebration of life, even after the death of his son. This is the awesome true story of Josh, a twenty-two-year-old man who, after two suicide attempts and a traumatic revelation, is restored to the unconditional love of his father and to the happy home he never had. In this powerful narration by the author and father of Josh, The Coolness of Josh comes to life, giving you a front-row seat to his life experience. The actual tape-recorded voice of Josh is heard for a full chapter in the audiobook, revealing his heart in a telephone conversation with his father. Hearing Josh’s voice exponentially increases the power of the story. The song “I Love the Way” is included in its entirety as a bonus track at the end of the audiobook. The music also comes to life in a clever and satisfying overdub that parallels the narration of the chapter. This book represents Marc Swift’s tribute to God’s love, grace, mercy, and healing and reflects his great love for his beloved son, Joshua David Swift.

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    The Coolness of Josh by Marc Swift

    The Coolness of Josh

    By Marc Swift, with writings by Joshua David Swift
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    Read by Marc Swift
    4.3 hrs • 6/9/15 • 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. 10.1 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders’ stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Blow’s attachment to his mother—a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning—cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It’s damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning. Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing. He then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he’s ever needed and wanted, until he himself is called upon to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse. This powerfully redemptive memoir both fits the tradition of African American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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    Fire Shut Up In My Bones

    10.1 hrs • 9/23/14 • 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

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    4.6 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.6 hrs • 3/25/2014 • Unabridged

    In this inspiring memoir, Ellie Laks shares how her lifelong love of animals led her to found the Gentle Barn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused and neglected animals. Founder Ellie Laks started the Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), the Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well.  My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie’s own journey. Filled with heartwarming animal stories and inspiring recoveries, My Gentle Barn is a feel-good account that will delight animal lovers and memoir readers alike.

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    My Gentle Barn

    By Ellie Laks, with Nomi Isak
    9.6 hrs • 3/25/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 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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  12. 8.6 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    The heartrending true story of foster care abuse and child homelessness In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets—and how she and her savvy crew of siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. Calcaterra’s emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that, regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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    Etched in Sand

    8.6 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.9 hrs • 9/17/2013 • Unabridged

    Recovering from the betrayal of a partner isn’t easy, but Living and Loving after Betrayal offers potent ways to heal, grow, and love again. Betrayal has many faces, including anger, abuse, deceit, and infidelity. These feel like betrayal because they violate the implicit promise of emotional bonds, that your loved one will care about your well-being and never intentionally hurt you. If you’ve recently left a relationship where you felt betrayed by your partner, you may have difficulty moving on. In fact, it can seem impossible to view the world without the shadow of past betrayal hovering over you. As a result, you may struggle to create meaning in your life and to build new, loving relationships. In Living and Loving after Betrayal, therapist and relationship expert Steven Stosny offers effective tools for healing based on his highly successful CompassionPower program. He founded the CompassionPower agency on the belief that we are more powerful when compassionate than when angry or aggressive, and that true strength comes from relating compassionately to others and remaining true to your deeper values. Using this innovative compassion-empowerment approach, you’ll learn practical strategies for overcoming betrayal-induced trauma and the chronic resentment and depression that result. Most books on betrayal only focus on the obvious issues, such as infidelity, abuse, or sex addiction. This audiobook explores the effects of those kinds of betrayal, as well as less-talked-about types, such as emotional manipulation, dishonesty, deceit, and financial cheating. In addition, the book helps you regain a sense of trust in others so that you can eventually find another compassionate person to share your life with or, if you choose, to rebuild a relationship with your reformed betrayer.

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    Living and Loving after Betrayal

    6.9 hrs • 9/17/13 • Unabridged
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    11.2 hrs • 7/9/2013 • Unabridged

    Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution. One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the twenty-four-year-old: she was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene, of what, no one could be sure. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention, until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan’s. There was Maureen Brainard-Barnes, last seen at Penn Station in Manhattan three years earlier, and Melissa Barthelemy, last seen in the Bronx in 2009. There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppage, Long Island, just a month after Shannan’s disappearance in 2010, and Amber Lynn Costello, last seen leaving a house in West Babylon a few months later that same year. Like Shannan, all four women were petite and in their twenties, they all came from out of town to work as escorts, and they all advertised on Craigslist and its competitor, Backpage. In a triumph of reporting, and in a riveting narrative, Robert Kolker presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of escorts in the Internet age, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. He has talked exhaustively with the friends and family of each woman to reveal the three-dimensional truths about their lives, the struggling towns they came from, and the dreams they chased. And he has gained unique access to the Oak Beach neighborhood that has found itself the focus of national media scrutiny, where the police have flailed, the body count has risen, and the neighbors have begun pointing fingers at one another. There, in a remote community, out of sight of the beaches and marinas scattered along the South Shore barrier islands, the women’s stories come together in death and dark mystery. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.

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    Lost Girls

    11.2 hrs • 7/9/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 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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  16. 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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