I Thought We’d Never Speak Again
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All of us carry the painful burden of relationships that have been sundered by betrayal, distrust, anger, and misunderstanding. In her groundbreaking new book, I Thought We’d Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation , Laura Davis examines what tears people apart, what keeps them estranged from each other, and lays out the steps by which they can mend broken relationships and find wholeness.
With her trademark combination of clarity, compassion, and warmth, Davis uses gripping first-person stories, inspirational anecdotes, and moving accounts of people who have reconciled in a wide variety of circumstances, to create a map of the reconciliation process. In I Thought We’d Never Speak Again, parents reconcile with children, children make peace with aging parents, and siblings who haven’t spoken in thirty years find each other on the Internet. Estranged friends find common ground. Vietnam war veterans meet former Vietcong soldiers. Israeli and Palestinian girls attend summer camp together. Victims of crime face the perpetrators who changed their lives forever.
Davis weaves this powerful collection of stories with her own experiences reconciling with her mother after a painful estrangement. In the process, she sheds light on the common elements that make it possible to mend troubled relationships, and inspires readers to take the necessary steps to end estrangements in their own lives.
I Thought We’d Never Speak Again teaches readers to:
• Look at the costs and benefits of the estrangements in their lives
• Accurately assess the likelihood of reconciliation
• Assess which of the four types of reconciliation are possible for them
• Decide if and when they are ready to pursue reconciliation
• Come up with a personalized reconciliation plan
Like her classic bestseller, The Courage to Heal, which sold more than a million copies worldwide, I Thought We’d Never Speak Again answers a deep, unmet need: our universal desire to find our way to wholeness; to return to the people we have loved and lost.