One of the main tenets of my life is that the right person, or thing, will come along just when it is most needed. Last year, in the midst of the craziness that is cancer, Daphne Rose Kingma's The Ten Things to do When Your Life Falls Apart came to me -- and it was exactly what I needed.

Written with humor and compassion Kingma offers a list of elegantly simple, yet profoundly powerful strategies for coping with a life gone terribly awry. This is not some kind of newage pablum about trusting to a higher power or believing only in an optimistic outcome. No, these strategies are real and honest -- and effective!

For example, the first strategy is: cry your heart out. How refreshing is that? To be told it's not only ok to cry, but it's a necessary step in coping with whatever craziness is visited upon you.

I don't want to give too much away, there are three articles by Ms. Kingma available on this site which will give you a very good look at her ability (see below for links). What it boils down to is this: owning your Self, with all of its flaws and glories will make your crisis easier to cope with.

This book is absolutely worth owning. You'll want to re-read it occasionally, and maybe give it to others

~review by Lisa Mc Sherry,

Author: Daphne Rose Kingma
New World Books, 2010
pp. 214, $14.95

Let Go

Cry Your Heart Out