Books

These are books I’ve read, or am reading and have found interesting, and helpful. They all deal with religion, mental illness, having a mentally ill parent, parenting in general, or parenting without religion.  
Please feel free to post comments on these, or suggestions for other related books that you recommend.  
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 On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
  

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
by Dale McGowan
Parenting Beyond Belief is a book for loving and thoughtful parents who wish to raise their children without religion. There are scores of books available for religious parents. Now there’s one for the rest of us.

Parenting From the Inside Out

Parenting From the Inside Out
by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
Book Description
:
How many parents have found themselves thinking: I can’t believe I just said to my child the very thing my parents used to say to me! Am I just destined to repeat the mistakes of my parents? In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences actually do shape the way we parent. Drawing upon stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.  
 
Adult Children of the Emotionally Disturbed My Parents’ Keeper: Adult Children of the Emotionally Disturbed
by Eva Marian Brown, Nina Sonenberg
Book Description:
This book is written for and about the many people who grew up with a parent with severe emotional problems. The book is organized in such a way that the initial chapter will give the reader a description of the typical background and problems of this group of people.. The later chapters talk about ways of overcoming these problems.  
Growing Up With a Schizophrenic Mother
 
Growing Up With a Schizophrenic Mother
by Margaret J. Brown , Doris Parker Roberts
A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers (4th Edition)
 
 
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers (4th Edition)
by E. Fuller Torrey (Author)

The Search for the True Self

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller
Book Description:

As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.This poignant and thought-provoking book shows how narcissistic parents form and deform the lives of their children. The Drama of the Gifted Child is the first step toward helping readers reclaim their lives by discovering their own needs and their own truth.
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness
 
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness
by Rebecca Woolis.
First Sentence:

IN ORDER TO HAVE compassion for people with mental illness, we must understand that they are suffering from symptoms or experiences that are largely beyond their control 
 
I am not sick I don't need help
 
I am not sick I don’t need help
by Xavier Amador 
First Sentence:

Nearly everyone is aware of the problem, if only from the newspaper headlines: Many people with mental illness are in denial that they are ill and, therefore, refuse treatment

 

Memories From a Decade Gone Mad

Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
From Publishers Weekly

One year after the Patty Hearst kidnapping fiasco, in 1975, Holman’s mother, Molly, kidnapped her children (who were then ages eight and one) and brought them to live in the family’s tiny cottage in Virginia. In her disturbing but luminous memoir of her mother’s slow descent into schizophrenia, Holman writes…

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Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem (Paperback)
by Kimberlee Roth, Freda B. Friedman, Randi Kreger
(Foreword) “This isn’t another book focused on family dysfunction or about terrible mothers (though BPD is diagnosed in women three times as often as in men,…”
From the Publisher: This is the first step by step guide for adult children of parents with Borderline Personality Disorder. It teaches them how to overcome the devastating effects of growing up with a parent who suffers from BPD. Foreword is by Randi Kreger, coauthor of “Stop Walking on Eggshells” and “The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook.”
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