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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Art and Movies


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:

  • 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)

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.