Adult Children of Divorce or Separation Resources
Disclaimer: While the following resources are helpful in many respects, their listing on this page does not mean that Life-Giving Wounds endorses or agrees with every aspect or part of these resources. They are offered here in the hopes that some may be helpful to adult children of divorce or those who minister to them.
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Must-Reads (particularly helpful or foundational works)
Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce by Elizabeth Marquardt, 2006
The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being by Andrew Root, 2010
Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak edited by Leila Miller, 2017. For a free PDF of this book, courtesy of the author, click this link: https://www.leilamiller.net/digitalbook
Torn Asunder: Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins edited by Margaret Harper McCarthy, 2017
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study by Judith Wallerstein, Julia M. Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee, 2000
Other Helpful Books on Relevant Topics
Arise from Darkness: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., 1995.
Born Only Once: The Miracle of Affirmation, by Conrad W. Baars, MD 2016.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, updated and expanded edition 2017
Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, 1999
Breaking the Cycle of Divorce: How Your Marriage Can Succeed Even if Your Parents’ Didn’t by John Trent, 2006
Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body by Carl Anderson and Jose Granados, 2012
The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again by Aaron Kheriarty, 2012
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, 2012
Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.
Forgiving and Reconciling: Bridges to Wholeness and Hope by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., 2003
The Good Listener by James E. Sullivan, 2000
Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration by Pope Benedict XVI 2007, see especially “The Lord’s Prayer”
The Love They Lost: Living with the Legacy of Our Parents’ Divorce by Stephanie Staal, 2000
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, 2006 edition
Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by St. John Paul II, edited by Michael Waldstein, 2006
On The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering (Salvifici Doloris) by Saint John Paul II, 1984
Overcoming Sinful Anger by Fr. T. Morrow, 2015
The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio) by St. John Paul II, 1980
Theology of the Body in One Hour by Jason Evert, 2017
Unworried: A Life Without Anxiety by Gregory Popcak, 2018
Why Forgive? By Johann Christoph Arnold, 2000
Audio and Podcasts
“Adult Children of Divorce: Part I and Part II,” featuring Daniel Meola and others. USCCB Made for Love podcast, episodes 37 and 38. Available wherever you get your podcasts or here.
“Recovering Origins” by Margaret Harper McCarthy and Stratford Caldecott, Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science (Spring 2012)
”Cold War” by Nicky Rowdon, Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science (Spring 2012)
A helpful list of book reviews on works concerning adult children of divorce
“The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice” by Leila Miller
“The Carnage of Divorce” by Msgr. Charles Pope
“Discussions on Divorce: What We’re Leaving Out” by Amanda Bambury
Several good stories and posts by adult children of divorce as part of Restored Ministry
Art and Movies
The following artwork expresses either the sadness of broken families, the joy of family life, or important Christian themes for healing.
The following movies address both the realities of broken families and important themes for healing as children of these homes.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, Movie Rating: PG.
The Spitfire Grill, Movie Rating: PG-13.