How to Rebuild Family Ties
The path I have traveled with my family is just one of many stories I tell in I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. In addition to my personal story, I describe a wide variety of reconciliation scenarios. In the pages of I Thought We’d Never Speak Again, you will find people and situations that resonate with your own circumstances, challenges, and feelings. You will be moved and inspired, motivated to break through limiting patterns that have kept you stuck for years.
Although everyone’s reconciliation story is different, I believe everyone can reconcile in one of four ways:
In my book, you’ll learn how to achieve:
- Deep, transformative reconciliation, in which both people change, and both people experience healing and growth in the relationship
- Reconciliation in which one person changes his or her expectations, so their perception of the relationship changes, whether or not the other person makes significant changes
- Reconciliation in which core issues remain unresolved, yet both people agree to disagree, creating ground rules that allow a limited, cordial relationship
- Inner resolution when no viable relationship is possible with the other person
Within this framework of possibilities, much healing can occur, and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again is full of powerful, moving stories of people who have reconciled or found peace in a wide variety of circumstances.
“Laura Davis has given us a true gift. She offers us pathways to let go of pain, bitterness, fear, and even hatred. She presents a continuum of reconciliation that goes far beyond simple answers. Davis eloquently presents her message that attaining peace in our lives and in the larger world must be first anchored within our own personal journey of healing. Few authors have addressed the issues of forgiveness and reconciliation with such clarity, compassion, and sensitivity."
–Mark Umbreit, Ph.D., Founding Director, Center for Restorative
Justice and Peacemaking, University of Minnesota, School of Social Work