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  • God Knows Caregiving Can Pull You Apart


    12 Chapters

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    But How to Keep It All Together?

    A great and courageous question! That’s what this book is all about. It’s for those who have crossed the threshold of “if” in regards to caregiving, and moved on now to the “how” of it.

    Each chapter that follows focuses on a different way to “keep it together” while giving care to a loved one.

    Included in each chapter are brief explanations about how a particular way might look or work for you, short quotes for inspiration, stories about how others have gone about it, and a number of exercises that you can use to pause and reflect, regroup, and expand your caregiving repertoire.

    Because journaling in particular can be such a useful exercise for caregivers, and because its tools (paper, writing utensil) are compact and simple enough to be brought into almost any setting, most chapters will include at least one journaling suggestion. Many caregivers have told me that journaling-writing in a completely non-judgmental way about their lives and having one certain safe place to express their experience in all its complexity-gives them valuable insights that might not be gained as easily in any other way. All exercises, however, including journaling ideas, are only suggestions.

    This is a book that need not be rushed through. In fact, it will probably serve you better if you wander through it slowly and thoughtfully, perhaps even in a spirit of well-deserved leisure. It might sit on your bedside table, get tucked alongside a favorite armchair, or travel with you in a purse, briefcase, or satchel. Its quotations and stories are intentionally brief, that they might easily be remembered for inspiration or sustenance at just the right moment.

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  • Passage Through Mid Life


    SKU (ISBN): 9781594710513ISBN10: 1594710511Paul RobbBinding: Trade PaperPublished: July 2005Publisher: Ave Maria Press

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  • Saint Dymphnas Playbook


    Are you or someone you love struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or other mental health concerns?

    Tommy Tighe, a licensed marriage and family therapist, wants to help you take steps toward reaching and maintaining mental and emotional well-being, not only through self-care, healthy coping mechanisms, and professional intervention but also through prayer, scripture, and developing a relationship with the saints. St. Dymphna’s Playbook combines a therapeutic approach with the deep wells of Catholic faith and spiritual practice, exploring paths toward hope, healing, and wellness.

    Born out of Tighe’s podcast of the same name, St. Dymphna’s Playbook provides a practical, ready-made game plan for moving toward wellness. It offers concrete explanations of a wide scope of mental health concerns and symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and grief, as well as the common emotions and situations that allow them to grow–including fear, social anxiety, isolation, loss, and unhealthy relationships. Tighe shares best practices for understanding and beginning to address each concern and offers a uniquely Catholic understanding, diving into relevant scriptures and introducing us to a Catholic saint or holy person who lived with the same issue–including St. Dymphna, patron of those with mental disorders.

    Whatever your concern or struggle, you are not alone. The witness of scripture and the saints reminds us of the community we already have as we begin working toward mental well-being.

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  • Seek The Face Of God


    SKU (ISBN): 9781594710377ISBN10: 1594710376Karl FrielingsdorfBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 2006Publisher: Ave Maria Press

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