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Reviews

Chock full of helpful techniques

...This excellent self-help manual explains the process [Beth Miller] has developed for learning to handle everyday and traumatic setbacks, and outlines the 12 qualities (along with exercises) that must be cultivated in order to increase one’s resiliency in the face of adversity (e.g., admitting vulnerability, handling the suffering that accompanies loss or illness, recognizing and using one’s talents, and harnessing the saving grace of humor).  Miller draws on research, case histories and personal experience. A sample exercise involves creating a temenos (sacred space) furnished with meaningful personal objects where one can be comfortable bearing witness to emotional pain and therefore find the strength to live through it.  Miller recommends laughter, which provides not only escape and relaxation, but perspective and detachment.  There are useful techniques on the art of saying no, an act many women find difficult, according to Miller.  Setting boundaries rather than acceding to every request from family and friends will allow women to be prepared when resiliency is needed during their own difficult times.  Miller’s program is sensible, and her tone warm and positive without too much cheerleading.

-- Publishers Weekly, February 14, 2005

Wise counsel

"The Woman's Book of Resilience is a wonderfully helpful book about navigating life with its difficult stretches and grace-filled moments. Whether the reader is in the depths, treading water, floundering  on the shoals, or becalmed and going nowhere, Beth Miller's words and suggestions provide wise counsel. There is much to learn, to meditate  upon, and to appreciate in this fine book."

-- Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses  in Everywoman and Crones Don't Whine

Trustworthy guide

"Use this book as a trustworthy guide to living a more satisfying, fulfilling  life no matter what your circumstances."

-- Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path and founder  of Veriditas, The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement

Visionary and empowering


"I have always wanted to find a book that describes why some people  give up while others thrive in the face of great suffering. Beth Miller's  twelve qualities that cultivate resilience are visionary and empowering  because they take us into the very heart of darkness and then bring us  back out into the light of hope. I especially loved the elegant balance  of wisdom with humor and deep spiritual insight with pragmatic counsel.  Read this book for yourself, your family, and your community."

-- Gail Straub, author of The Rhythm of Compassion

Anyone can do it

"Resilient women are made, not born."

-- Charles A. Garfield, Ph.D., author of Peak Performers

An inspiring, practical guide

"Beth Miller has given us a gift that lifts, inspires, and practically guides us to thrive, no matter what. Miller's expertise, stories, case histories, and compassion gently show us the way back."

-- Jackie Waldman, author of The  Courage to Give series